Techniques of Augosto Boal and Scenes from “A Day a Stateville”

Dr. Ellen Anne Schultz, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is an expert in the techniques of Augosto Boal and his Theatre of the Oppressed. This video is an example of the techniques in action, at a community event in Aurora, Illinois, August 2o14.

Ellen spent the summer training the men: ex-prisoners and performers of A Day […]

December 8th, 2014|Featured, News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments

New BJS figures show that mass incarceration is getting bigger

Article from Prison Policy Initiative – Read full article

Sept 16, 2014 – This morning, the criminal justice policy world got a new key metric on mass incarceration in the U.S.: the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ national update, Prisoners in 2013. This report serves as a sobering reminder that state-level criminal justice policy decisions are continuing […]

September 24th, 2014|News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments

Bar Foundation joins UPLC in mourning Belinda Belcher’s tragic passing

The Chicago Bar Foundation has joined with the Uptown People’s Law Center in noting with sadness the sudden passing of Belinda Belcher, who served the UPLC for 22 years.

She started with the UPLC as a high-school intern, became its Executive Director in 1992 and served with distinction until her untimely death.

She was noted for […]

July 31st, 2014|News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments

Innovative reforms in California showing encouraging results

In California, where prison overcrowding has reached crisis proportions, more than 60,000 inmates are being released every year. Between 60 and 80 percent of them, however, are being returned to prison within three years either for re-offending or for parole violations. It’s a vicious circle impairing the nation-wide effort to end mass incarceration and […]

July 24th, 2014|News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments