With 30 participants and 15 speakers, Zoukis Summer Institute concluded its 8th annual round on May 6th.
This year’s theme, Prison Reform and Re-Establishing Citizenship, spanned over four days and had academics and practitioners from different backgrounds share their expertise on seven panels. The topics focus on immigration detention in the US; juvenile justice reform; incarceration and re-entry; the impact of incarceration on families; consequential sentencing and higher education in prison; policing alternatives and diversion efforts in Atlanta; and prison reform and the National Incarceration Association.
Students participated in one of five collaborative research projects led by teams of GSU graduate students. The projects integrated the rich discussion with the panelists to conclude with presentations on the final day.
The Zoukis Research Collaborative was founded in 2015 and is housed in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State. Its mission is to encourage and support scholarly research into all aspects of mandatory sentencing and associated “tough on crime” policies, including – but not limited to – research on the creation and passage of mandatory sentencing laws, the broad effects of such laws within the criminal justice system and beyond, and public support for these policies. The Zoukis Research Collaborative also seeks to facilitate communication and dialogue among multiple stakeholders and across different scholarly disciplines. The Summer Institute and the Zoukis Research Collaborative are supported by a generous Endowment provided by the Steven and Suzan Zoukis family.
For more information, please check the Zoukis Research Collaborative webpage.