In this program, students explore the deeply layered problematics of prison institutions and the criminal justice system, while exploring the different solutions proposed by prison reform. We visit institutions such as the Eastern State Penitentiary and organizations like the Institute for Community Justice, to learn about the complexities of privately owned prisons, how and why different demographics are disproportionately represented in prisons, and about the work of prison reform initiatives.
Places and ActivitiesThis program is flexible, and can be offered in 3, 5, or 7 day itineraries.
“The Envoys staff were very open about sharing their first-hand experiences, which was a game-changer in terms of learning about post-apartheid South Africa. Also, having everything planned to the T made me feel very safe. I knew that I was in good hands.”— Gio H. , Student, Friends Seminary South Africa 2016
“The Envoys Staff were exceptionally committed to us and to the goals of our trip. They were thoughtful, kind, caring, friendly, with great sense of humor, yet serious in their connection to the ethos of professional development that was our trip’s purpose. I was struck over and over again by how they literally RAN to be in the right place to respond to any given situation.”— Constance , Traveling Faculty, Friends Seminary Colombia 2016
“Many student groups participate in ‘Voluntourism’. This trip did not attempt that, but rather funneled the collective energy of each member into meaningful, mutually beneficial cultural interactions. Thank you so much for this unforgettable and transformational experience.”— Altana , Student, Friends Seminary South Africa 2016