The Ohio State University at Newark

Bryant to Discuss the Role of Higher Education in Mass Incarceration

September 16, 2019

NEWARK, OH, Sept. 16, 2019 — Crime has been on a steady decline for decades, but the U.S. spends over $80 billion incarcerating over 2.3 million people without enhancing public safety, decreasing crime rates, or reducing recidivism rates. The U.S. makes up only 5% of the world’s population yet 25% of the world’s prison population. Angela Bryant, associate professor of sociology, will discuss ways in which providing access to higher education inside and outside of prisons is an evidence-based decarceration strategy to address the U.S. incarceration binge at the next Faculty Talks Outside the Box presentation at The Ohio State University at Newark.

Her lecture will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at 4 p.m. in room #175 of the John. L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. It is free and open to the public.

For over a decade, Bryant has offered an Inside-Out Prison Exchange course at a men’s prison in Lancaster, Ohio, made up of an equal number of “outside” (university) and “inside” (incarcerated) students. She has also been instrumental in her role as statewide coordinator in growing Inside-Out classes in Ohio to include 16 faculty from 10 different colleges offering 20 college classes annually in 11 prisons.

“As we work to build higher education courses behind the walls, we must also work to decrease barriers to access and success in college for the 70 million justice-involved people in the U.S.,” Bryant said.

For the past three years, she has been working with Ohio State admissions, faculty colleagues, students, the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and justice-involved people on improving access to higher education by banning the box at Ohio State and statewide.

Learn more about the International Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at:

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors present informal discussions of their recent research as it relates to our society.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service-learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.