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.
“My goals were to learn about post-conflict Colombia and step out of my comfort zone. These were fulfilled each and every day through activities, reflections, and first-hand experience.”— Julia D. , Student, GEBG Colombia 2016
“I can honestly say that this was the best 10 days of my entire life. I feel as though I have grown as a person, and that I have made lifelong connections. This experience changed my life, so thank you very much to the entire Envoys staff!”— Eliza C. , Student, Hingham Japan 2015
“I was incredibly impressed by the care taken by Envoys. Before we even hit the ground, there was an emphasis on comprehending impact on our destination’s environment that I appreciated..Throughout the trip, our Envoys leaders made sure that we continued to be conscious of impact. That awareness of cause and effect is something that often gets lost when traveling, and Envoys did not allow it to. During this trip, there was never a moment I did not feel safe and cared for nor a moment where I did not feel I was learning something!”— Keylee S. , Student, Dalton South Africa 2014