The featured speaker during CRESC’s May 2017 meeting was Claire Shubik-Richards. Shubik-Richards serves as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. The mission of the Pennsylvania Prison Society is to advocate for a humane, just and restorative correctional system, and to promote a rational approach to criminal justice issues. The Prison Society recognizes that constructive corrections helps to repair the damages of crimes to victims and communities. The equilibrium achieved through this restorative approach, which is both cost effective and humane, benefits and enriches all facets of society and advances the well being of the entire community. Shubik-Richards discussed the fascinating history of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the advantages of having a Pennsylvania Prison Society visitor card. (Fun Fact: The Pennsylvania Prison Society was founded in 1787 by individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence and later drafted the U.S. Constitution — people who were willing to stick their necks out for what they knew was right and just.) Shubik-Richards also spoke about the Pennsylvania Prison Society's newsletter - Graterfriends - which has approximately 1,000 subscribers from behind bars. (Click here to view the Graterfriends newsletter archives) More information about the Pennsylvania Prison Society can be found here. CRESC would like to thank Ms. Shubik-Richards for sharing her afternoon with us!
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