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Arizona State University's 5th Annual Prison Education Conference was hosted by the Prison Education Awareness Club (PEAC) and the Department of English.
The conference highlighted prison education programs as part of the American landscape, focusing primarily on prevention, education, juvenile justice, and transition both into and out of the prison system. Panels included members from the Arizona Department of Corrections Educational, Treatment, and Counseling services, as wells as prison educators from the New Mexico Corrections Department and ASU.
The keynote speakers, Judge Lilia Alvarez and Kirstin Eidenbach, concluded with a discussion about deterring juveniles from entering the system. Judge Alvarez is the presiding judge for the Guadalupe Municipal Court and also leads a 'teen court' in Guadalupe. Kirstin Eidenbach is an admired attorney who focuses on prisoner's rights issues.
The 2016 Prison Education Conference was co-sponsored by the ASU School of Social Transformation.