Past Events

Toledoans for Prison Awareness

April 4 - 8

  • Monday, April 4th

    • 1:00 to 3:00 @ Hospice of N.W. Ohio, Edgar Barens (bio) presents
      Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

    • 6:00 to 9:00 @ 1st Unitarian Church of Toledo, Edgar Barens (bio) presents
      Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

  • Tuesday, April 5th

    • 10:00 to 11:30 @ United Way of Greater Toledo,
      Chris Stewart of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority presents
      Impact Speaker-Victim Awareness

    • 5:30 to 7:00 @ UT 2160 Snyder Memorial Rm.,
      Returned Citizen Panel Discussion (bios)

  • Wednesday, April 6th

    • 11:00 to 1:00 @ #1 Government Center, Reentry Coalition of N.W. Ohio presents Going Home to Stay with debrief by Chris Stewart of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority

    • 2:00 to 3:30 @ United Way of Greater Toledo, Judge William Buhl, (bio) Ret'd Michigan Circuit Court presents
      Where to Now? Retributive or Restorative Justice

    • 5:30 to 7:00 @ UT Health and Human Services Rm. 3202,
      Judge William Buhl, (bio) Ret'd Michigan Circuit Court on
      Criminal Sentencing

  • Thursday, April 7th

    • 9:30 to 11:00 @ St. Andrews Episcopal Church,
      Anthony Bouyer, (bio) Probation Officer Toledo Municipal Court presents
      The School to Prison Pipeline

    • 12:00 to 2:00 @ Wesley United Methodist Church presents
      Citizens Circle with debrief by Clare Conrad

    • 5:30 to 7:00 @ Lourdes University, Franciscan Center Board Room, Lucas County Juvenile Court staff presents
      What Works in Juvenile Corrections

  • Friday, April 8th

    • 9:00 to 10:00 @ United Way of Greater Toledo, Juan Hernandez will speak about the
      Toledo Correctional Camp

    • 1:00 to 3:00 @ United Way of Greater Toledo, Amy Borror (bio) of the Ohio Public Defenders Office presents Sex Offender Registry with commentary by Jim Prager (bio) and Kim Kensler-Prager (bio)

All events are free and open to the public

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Toledoans for Prison Awareness

Prisoner Family Conference

How a Prison Sentence Impacts the
Family and Loved Ones of the Prisoner

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9am to 3pm

Abundant Life Ministries Church
5025 Glendale Avenue Map

Program Times/Activities

  • 8:00am to 9:00am:

    • Open Registration
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Meet Social Service Providers/Vendors
  • 9:00am to 9:30am:

    • Welcome by Minister Marcus Brooks, Abundant Life Ministries
    • Welcome by County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak
    • Welcome by TPA, Joe Moran
  • 9:30am to 10:00am:

  • 10:00am to 10:15am:

    • Break
  • 10:15am to 12:15pm:

  • 12:15pm to 1:15pm:

    • Lunch
    • Meet Social Service Providers/Vendors
  • 1:15pm to 1:30pm:

    • Minister Alice Quinn, Abundant Life Ministries, Spiritual Uplift
  • 1:30pm to 3:00pm:

    • Prisoner Family/Returned Citizen Panel Discussion
    • Q & A
  • 3:00pm to 3:30pm:

    • Where do we go from here?
    • Conference Survey – Questionnaire
  • 3:30pm:

    • Meet Social Service Providers/Vendors

For planning purposes early registration is recommended.
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Toledoans for Prison Awareness Present

3rd Annual Prison Awareness Week
University of Toledo, March 16 – 21, 2015

Education for prisoners, educating our public:
Fostering awareness, safety and equality for all

Monday, March 16th

  • 2:00 – 3:30pm
    Jim Prager, Former prisoner & activist
    Building an Ethical Life
    Student Union 2583

Tuesday, March 17th

  • 10:00 – 11:00
    LOOP program presentation with Linda Davis
    (Support for families in the Akron area)
    Student Union 2584

  • 7:15 – 8:30pm
    Film Screening & Q&A
    Field House Auditorium 2100

Wednesday, March 18th

  • 5:00 – 6:30pm
    Community Solidarity Response Network of Toledo
    #BlackLivesMatter panel
    Student Union 3018

Thursday, March 19th

  • 1 – 4 p.m.
    What are the challenges that face men and women returning from prison?
    Kent Branch Library (off Campus event) map
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University of Toledo Department of Law and Social Thought
& Toledoans for Prison Awareness Present

2nd Annual Prison Awareness Week
University of Toledo, April 14-18, 2014

Education for prisoners, educating our public:
Fostering awareness, safety and equality for all

Monday, April 14th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Afternoon event: 3-4:30—Student Union 2584
    Panel with ACLU Communications and Public Policy Director Mike Brickner and Policy Director Shakyra Diaz on current legal issues related to mass incarceration.
    Moderator: Alexandra Scarborough, Law and Social Thought graduate instructor and volunteer prison arts facilitator.
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  • Evening event: 7:30p-9p—Field House 2100
    The Great Incarcerator Part 1: Dark Little Secret
    Online Q&A with director Derrick Jones, immediately afterward.
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Tuesday, April 15th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table E, food court west table)

  • Afternoon event: 3-4:30—Student Union 2584
    The state of education panel with Inside/Out coordinator and instructor Dr. Renee Heberle (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration), I/O instructor Dr. Elliot Adams (Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature), and former I/O students.
    Moderator: Alexandra Scarborough, Law and Social Thought graduate instructor and volunteer prison arts facilitator.
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  • Evening event: 7:30p-9p—Field House 2100
    Screening of The Great Incarcerator Part 2: The Shadow of Lucasville
    Conference call with Lucasville survivor Siddique Abdullah Hasan immediately following.
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Wednesday, April 16th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Afternoon event: 5-6:30—Student Union 3018
    L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) representative Capt. Howard Rahtz speaks on the Drug War and its effect on mass incarceration. Moderator: Joe Moran, former probation officer and professor of Criminology at Lourdes University.
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  • Evening event: 7:30-9:30 pm—Field House 2100
    Screening of The House I Live In
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Thursday, April 17th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Afternoon event: 2-3:30 pm—Student Union
    Panel with Co-Reentry Coordinator Tom McCarter of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Chair of Northwest Ohio Re-Entry Coalition Dave Kontur on reentry issues.
    Moderator: Dr. Lynn Bachelor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.
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  • Evening event: 7-8:30 pm—McQuade Law Auditorium
    Keynote speaker Dr. Paul Leighton, Dept of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at Eastern Michigan University, and author of The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Prison and co-author of Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business and the Incarceration Binge.
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Friday, April 18th
Student Union info table, 10:30-2:30 (Table C, next to elevator near dining halls)

  • Day event: Mini conference, 11 am-3pm—Student Union 2584
    Voices from the Inside

    • 11-11:15 am: Opening comments

    • 11:15-11:45 am: The Importance of Education within the Criminal Justice System— Aaron Thomas Kinzel, MPA / Academic Instructor; Doctorate of Education Student; and Former Prisoner/Parolee

    • 11:45-12:15: Breaking the Pipeline—Jordan Brett, BBA, MPA, Doctorate of Education Student; Executive Director, Postsecondary Alliance for Student Success (P.A.S.S.)

    • 12:15-1 pm: Lunch

    • 1-1:45 pm: The Rehabilitative Benefits of Arts Behind Bars—Panel discussion with Alexandra Scarborough, volunteer arts facilitator, Vanessa Mayesky, Linkage Coordinator, Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), and Emily Numbers, UT student

    • 1:45-2:30 pm: Restorative Justice: The Future of Writing Wrongs?—Panel discussion with Dr. Renee Heberle, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Jim Prager, formerly incarcerated individual and community activist

    • 2:30-300 pm: Restorative Justice as Community Endeavor—Ashley Lucas, Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) director and co-facilitator of The Atonement Project

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Daily: Showing of inmate art and writings at info table and all events

Afternoon events will be live streamed at:

For more information email: Alexandra Scarborough,

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For every 10 executions in the United States, 1 person has been exonerated from death row. These are the men wrongfully convicted. Come hear their stories.

Delbert Tibbs

Delbert Tibbs
Florida’s Death Row

Delbert Tibbs

Damon Thibodeaux
Death Row

Delbert Tibbs

Joe D’Ambrosio
Ohio’s Death Row

Three death-row exonerees–Delbert Tibbs, Joe D’Ambrosio, and Damon Thibodeaux–will tell their compelling stories of wrongful conviction. A variety of groups–the Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, the ACLU of Northwest Ohio, Lourdes University, First Unitarian Church–are collaborating in this effort to bring the death penalty debate into public discourse.

Monday, October 21: 11:30 a.m
Lourdes University, The Franciscan Center
Rooms A&B, 6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, Ohio

Monday, October 21: 7:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
3205 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, Ohio

Tuesday, October 22: Noon
McQuade Law Auditorium
UT College of Law, Main Campus

Tuesday, October 22: 6:30 p.m.
Sts. Peter and Paul Church
5100 Columbus
Sandusky, OH

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Prison Awareness Week and Conference:
April 8-13, 2013

Prison art will remain on display and for sale through Thursday, 4-18 at Third Space, 137 N Michigan. You can view samples here and here. Purchases will benefit the artists.

  • Monday, April 8: Facts and Faces of America's Prisons  (flyer)

    • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Info tables in Student Union: the carceral state, the human cost

    • 4:30 p.m. Student Union Room 2591
      Documentary: The Great Incarcerator, Part 1: Dark Little Secret
      Filmmaker Derrick A. Jones will be present at the screening.
      Jones is assistant director, Arts Village Living Learning Community, and instructor of theatre and film at Bowling Green State University.

    • 6:00 p.m. Student Union Room 2591
      Presentation on prison abolition.
      Ben Turk, Red Bird Prison Abolition Project

  • Tuesday, April 9: Drug Policy and Civil Rights  (flyer)

    • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Info tables in Student Union: legacy of the "war on drugs"

    • 4:30 p.m. Student Union Room 2591
      Civil Rights, Public Health, and Prisons
      Speaker: Rob Salem, Clinical Professor, University of Toledo College of Law

    • 7:00 p.m. McQuade Law Auditorium
      Speaker: "Why Some Cops Say Legalize Drugs," Capt. Howard Rahtz, ret., Cincinnati Police Dept., representing L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); sponsored by U.T. Libertarians. (flyer)

    • Prison Art Display and sale
      Third Space, 137 N. Michigan, Toledo, Ohio
      Tues.—Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      Purchases will benefit the artists.

  • Wednesday, April 10: Women & Families Behind Prison Walls  (flyer)

    • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Info tables in Student Union: women's issues, the toll on families and communities

    • 4:30 p.m. Student Union Room 2591
      Marysville: Women's Prisons, Women's Issues
      Speakers: Mary Dwyer and Joe Clark: Two long-time activists will reflect on their many years of involvement with Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville, including the founding of the LIFE Group (support for women with life sentences).

    • 6:30 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2770 West Central Ave., Toledo, OH
      Support Networks for Families of the Incarcerated
      Joyce Pierce, Families Behind Bars; Germaine Kirk, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo; and Rob Hatcher, former inmate.

  • Thursday, April 11: Voices from Prison  (flyer)

    • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Info tables in Student Union: prison writings, famous prisoners

      4:30 p.m. Student Union Room 2582
      Voices from Prison/History from the Inside Out
      Siddique Abdullah Hasan, on death row for his alleged leadership role in the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, will be speaking live by telephone (or prerecorded) during the first ten minutes of the session.

      Then join Dr. Peter Linebaugh, Dept. of History, The University of Toledo, in a conversation with Lucasville "survivors" Ishaq Alkhair and Abdush Shakur.
      Dr. Linebaugh will also offer his reflections on "Prison History from the Inside Out."

  • Friday. April 12: Conference  (flyer)

    "The Prison System: At Large and At Home"
    Libbey Hall, UT Main Campus

    • 9:30 a.m.

      Libbey Hall opens
      Coffee and beverages available

    • 10:00 a.m. Panel: The Prison System At Large


      Dr. Renee Heberle,
      "Mass Incarceration and American Exceptionalism"

      Heberle is associate professor, Department of Political Science, and co-director, Program in Law and Social Thought, at The University of Toledo. She helped launch the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program between the UT campus and the Toledo Correctional Facility.

      Mike Brickner,
      " Liberty for Sale: An Inside Look at Prisons for Profit"

      Director of Communications and Public Policy,
      ACLU of Ohio, Brickner has worked at the ACLU for nine years, and has been an outspoken advocate on prison issues such as privatization, solitary confinement, mental health treatment, the death penalty, and sentencing reform. He has appeared in media on private prisons ranging from The Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine.

      Richard M. Kerger, Attorney at Law
      "Our Prison System: A Failure in Every Aspect"

      Kerger has handled trials and appeals for 40 years. He has been in countless federal and state prisons and corresponded with inmates in even more. He regards the present prison system as one of our country's worst tragedies, a social Vietnam.

    • 12:00 p.m. Break (Light snacks and beverages provided.)

    • 1:00 p.m. Roundtable: The Prison System At Home
      Moderator: Dr. Lynn Bachelor
      Associate professor of Political Science and Public Administration

      • Pastor Waverly Earley, Wesley UMC (Citizens Circles)
      • Deborah Hodges, Court Administrator, Lucas County Juvenile Court
      • Pastor Karen Shepler, Monroe Street UMC
      • Jim Prager, TASC of Northwest Ohio
      • Ed Sheldon, Warden, Toledo Correctional Institution
    • 3:00 p.m. Break

    • 3:15 p.m. Panel: Healing and Hope

      • Dr. Morris Jenkins
        Restorative Justice and Prison Reform

        Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work; Associate Professor in Criminal Justice
      • Aaron Thomas Kinzel, MPA
        The Triumph and Tragedy of a Convicted Felon
    • 5:00 p.m. Discussion: Where do we go from here?

      Free Soup and Salad meal at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, half a mile away at 2770 West Central Avenue. All are invited to participate.

Saturday, April 13: Inside/Out: Breaking Down the Walls that Divide

  • 9:00 a.m. Meeting inside Toledo Correctional Institution

    Open to the public (Those interested must RSVP to by April 10 to gain entry into the prison.)

    Agenda: Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program: Local, Regional, National

  • Noon: Improvisational theatre by inmate group

    People for Change Troupe–about their experiences in general, in prison, and with prison programming.

The community meeting inside Toledo Correctional Institution has been postponed to May 11. If you are still interested, please contact

Documentary Series

Reefer Madness (1936)

Reefer Madness cover image

Sunday, March 17, 2013

6:00 p.m.

UT Student Union: Room 2579

Reefer Madness is a propaganda film filled with lies and the twisting of the truth about the harmfulness of marijuana. It was a film obviously made to deceive the public about what the use of marijuana ("the real public enemy number one!") can cause people to do, which in turn caused many strict laws to prohibit the drug.

The film will be followed by a discussion of prohibition and the prison population.

Sponsored by UT Libertarians

Breaking the Taboo (2011)

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

From: 6:00 p.m.

UT Student Union: Room 2579

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years.

The film will be followed by a discussion of the UN- sanctioned war on drugs. "If you can't control drug use in a maximum security prison, how can you control drug use in a free society?"

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Slavery By Another Name (2012)

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

From: 6-8pm

University of Toledo: Room FH1910

Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality.

Beyond its historical value, this presentation will serve as a leaping off point for a discussion of the striking parallels between the system of Jim Crow described in the film and the current system of mass incarceration as described in "The New Jim Crow" (Michelle Alexander, 2010).

The premise of this presentation: that mass incarceration (including the integral criminal justice system) represents a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that operates in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow. Some of these parallels include:

  • Denial of right to vote

  • Exclusion from juries

  • Racially segregated & subordinated existence

  • Web of laws, regulations, & informal rules reinforced by social stigma

  • Denied access to mainstream society

  • Legally denied ability to obtain employment, housing & public benefits

Discussion may include the following relevant strategies in the modern-day criminal justice system:

  • The role the War on Drugs has played in creating this system of social control

  • Sentencing policies that exacerbate racial disparities in incarceration rates (e.g., discriminatory crack cocaine sentencing laws & guidelines)

  • Zero tolerance policies that effectively funnel youth of color from schools to jails

  • Media imagery that reinforces the worst negative racial stereotypes

For more information contact Doug Jambard-Sweet

MoveToAmend logoSponsored by: Move to Amend (Toledo chapter)
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Long Distance Revolutionary
A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.

Free screening of "Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal," a just-released documentary making the rounds in major cities and on a special college tour.

Memorial Field House Auditorium (FH 2100) UT Main Campus

"After 30 years in prison, Mumia Abu-Jamal still has the ability to provoke, educate and inspire, for those willing to listen. Attempts to silence Abu-Jamal—and the powers that be are nothing if not persistent—have failed. Through interviews and readings from his books (written in longhand, without benefit of online resources), his voice comes through clear as a bell in this inspiring portrait that throws a powerful punch for freedom of expression and democracy. Obscured in the long-standing controversy over his conviction for the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, and his adoption as a bumper-sticker symbol of injustice and racism, has been the fact that Abu-Jamal was and is a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. A potent chorus of prominent voices (comprised of Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman and others) lends fine support, but it's the words and insights of the man himself that stick with you." — Film Critic Michael Fox

For more information about the film please visit

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union (UT), Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, UT Department of History, Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition and other generous individual donors.

Regional Events

Re-Examining the Lucasville Uprising Conference

A group of lawyers, prisoner advocates, family members and supporters will be presenting a weekend conference re-examining the history of Ohio's most notorious prison uprising, the eleven day occupation of L-Block in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville in 1993.

The conference will present a comprehensive examination of the facts, stories and legal proceedings from the uprising. We are also interested in exploring the context in which the uprising occurred and the consequences for the people of Ohio. To this end, we are seeking workshops, presentations, participation from the broader community. We'd like you to help us explore relevant issues such as the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, prison conditions, death penalty, solitary confinement, and super-max prisons. Each of these topics is intimately present in the story of Lucasville, and we hope you or your organization can help us provide conference attendees with a broader understanding of how Lucasville relates to so many issues that impact all of our lives.

The conference will be held from Friday evening, April 19, through midday Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Columbus State Community College in downtown Columbus.

For more information please visit If you have any questions, please email

Mass Incarceration and Health: Its Effects on Population Health and Health Disparities Symposium

April 4-5, 2013
8:30 a.m.
Palmer Commons, 4th Floor, Great Lakes North and Central, University of Michigan
Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars and CSEPH
Contact Information: Meredith McGehee

More Information: found here

An impressive body of research has documented the connection between skyrocketing rates of incarceration and the concurrent growth of social inequality in the US. New research at the intersection of mass incarceration and population health suggests that incarceration affects the health, not only of ex-prisoners, but of their families and broader communities. Yet these findings rarely enter the population health and health disparities discourse.

Through presentations and panel discussions, the event will address the important but overlooked link between racialized mass incarceration and racial disparities in health.

Although this is a free event, registration is required. The deadline for on-line registration is March 27, 2013.

The Fourth National Conference
on Restorative Justice

June 19 – 21, 2013

The Hotel at UTMC (formerly the Hilton Hotel), The University of Toledo Health Science Campus, Toledo, Ohio, USA

On June 19-21, 2013, nearly 500 leading international academics, practitioners, and activists in the fields of restorative and racial justice will travel to Toledo, Ohio, for an important historic event — the Fourth National Restorative Justice Conference. As co-hosts and sponsors, Lourdes University and The University of Toledo Foundation are proud and excited to be part of this relevant and important event.

For more information visit