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New York
Local history:
Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream
What's lost when a prison closes?
Skidmore College
National Traveling Venue:
Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
September 2, 2017October 11, 2017

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
NY: States of Incarceration Saratoga Springs Opening
Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632

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New York: Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream
What's lost when a prison closes?
Skidmore College

In 2014, as New York State’s prison population declined, state officials shuttered Mount McGregor. This medium-security correctional facility had a long history of creative rehabilitation. In the 1910s, it was a sanitarium for tubercular patients. After WWII, it welcomed convalescing veterans. In 1982, now a prison, it developed the state’s first Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program. As the War on Drugs increased prison populations in the 1980s, and state politicians cut funding for carceral programs in the 1990s, teachers, counselors, and prisoners themselves empowered incarcerated men to change their lives. Programs provided incarcerated men with support to survive and thrive; ironically, many lost access to such support upon release. Mount McGregor’s closing raises questions about what prisons are for, how to treat people who remain locked up in an age of decarceration, and how to address economic in equality, racism, and other factors that condition prisoners and their communities.

Our Point of View

We are undergraduate students who knew little about prisons. We conducted interviews with formerly incarcerated men, volunteer teachers, prison officials, and other people tied to Mount McGregor to tell a personal, human story about the struggle to survive life behind bars in a medium-security prison. We hope to encourage a dialogue about the best way to help incarcerated people overcome the challenges they face behind bars and as they reenter society.

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New York: Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream    Skidmore College
What's lost when a prison closes?
New York: Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream
What's lost when a prison closes?
  Skidmore College

National Exhibition Venue    Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College

Public Dialogues and Events
| September 2 – October 11, 2017

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Exhibition
Sep 2, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

NY: States of Incarceration Saratoga Springs Opening

Description: 

The States of Incarceration exhibition opens in Saratoga Springs, New York.read more…

Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632

Sep 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NY: After Incarceration: Stories from Those Who've Lived It

Description: 

David Karp (Skidmore Sociology Professor) moderates a panel with Sheila Rule, Jasmyn Storey ’15, and Frank Zarro for a discussion of community and restorative justice. Reception to follow.read more…

Time: 
7PM
Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Somers Room

Sep 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

NY: States of Incarceration Gallery Talk

Description: 

Join Eric Morser (Skidmore History Professor) and student organizers of States of Incarceration for an introduction to the exhibition and their work on the impact of Mount McGregor’s Rehabilitation Program.read more…

Time: 
12PM
Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Payne Room

Sep 21, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NY: Kekla Magoon: Behind the Headlines

Description: 

Join young adult author Kekla Magoon for a reading and lecture on understanding the impact of race and bias on individuals and communities. Magoon is the author of eight young-adult novels including How It Went Down, the story of a sixteen-year-old African-American male gunned down by a white policeman and how people struggle to make sense of the shooting.read more…

Time: 
7PM
Venue: 

Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore College

Sep 28, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NY: Stories That Speak to Us: A conversation with Piper Anderson and Sylvia Ryerson

Description: 

Join Piper Anderson, founder of the Mass Story Lab, and documentarian Sylvia Ryerson as they discuss the power of storytelling as an instrument of justice.read more…

Time: 
7PM
Venue: 

Davis Auditorium, Skidmore College

Sep 30, 2017

Teens produce artwork on their experience with mass incarceration. Credit: Photo Credit: Trent Thomas

Teens produce artwork on their experience with mass incarceration. Credit: Photo Credit: Trent Thomas

Saturday, September 30, 2017

NY: Mass Story Lab: What is Prison For?

Description: 

Work alongside community members to collaborate on creative strategies to strengthen communities while improving our criminal justice system. Reservations required. Email mdocs@skidmore.edu.read more…

Time: 
9AM
Venue: 

Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd floor, Skidmore College

Exhibition
Sep 30, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

NY: States of Incarceration Gallery Talk

Description: 

Join Eric Morser (Skidmore History Professor) and student organizers of States of Incarceration for an introduction to the exhibition and their work on the impact of Mount McGregor’s Rehabilitation Program.read more…

Time: 
2PM
Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Payne Room

Film
Sep 30, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

NY: Rikers: An American Jail Screening and Q&A

Description: 

Join us for a screening of the Bill Moyers-produced documentary on Rikers and a discussion with former Rikers cellmates Johnny Perez and Damian Stapleton. Reception follows.read more…

Time: 
3PM
Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Somers Room

Oct 5, 2017
States of Incarceration Exhibition

States of Incarceration Exhibition Credit: Chris Choi

States of Incarceration Exhibition

States of Incarceration Exhibition Credit: Chris Choi

Thursday, October 5, 2017

NY: Poetry Lab with Cara Benson, Johnny Perez, & Sean Dalpiaz

Description: 

Join Cara Benson, a Skidmore graduate who offered poetry classes for eight years at Mount McGregor, for an evening of poetry and discussion. Former students Sean Dalpiaz and Johnny Perez join her.read more…

Time: 
7PM
Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Atrium

Oct 6, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

NY: Accelerator Series: Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex

Description: 

Join Tang Curator at Large Isolde Brielmaier as she moderates a discussion with Harvard historian Elizabeth Hinton, artist Duron Jackson, and activist Johnny Perez on the subject of mass incarceration, ideas of mobility and immobility (social, economic, political), and the prison industrial complex.read more…

Time: 
6:30PM
Venue: 

Tang Teaching Museum, Atrium

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

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