An Exploration of Youth Incarceration in the Hudson Valley with Alexandra Cox, PhD.

Program Description: Join Alexandra Cox for a discussion of youth incarceration in the Hudson Valley. This talk will build upon the recent release of her book Trapped in a Vice: the Consequences of Confinement for Young People. The book explores the consequences of a juvenile justice system that is aimed at promoting change in the lives of young people, yet ultimately relies upon tools and strategies that enmesh them in a system that they struggle to move beyond. This program is offered in collaboration with Prison Public Memory Project.

Date/Time:  Monday, August 6 at 6pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Pre-registration: Not necessary

Alexandra Cox is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex in England. She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz, where she ran the department’s concentration in criminology and was a Research Scholar in Law at Yale University Law School’s Justice Collaboratory.  She received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and her undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Cox worked at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem as a sentencing mitigation specialist on their youth law team and at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Legal Affairs.  She continues to work regularly as a sentencing mitigation specialist in cases across New York State, particularly those involving teenagers charged as adults. She is a former Gates Cambridge scholar and a Soros Justice Advocacy fellow. She was on the board of the New York State Defenders Association and was the board chair of Drama Club (which conducts theater workshops inside of juvenile facilities).

Prison Public Memory Project is an organization that uses public history, art, story-telling and media to engage communities in conversation about the complex roles of prisons in America. They work with individuals and organizations in communities with prisons across the United States to recover, preserve, interpret, present, and honor the memories of what took place in those institutions. The Project uses public history, social practice art and new media technologies to integrate community knowledge with more traditional forms of historic preservation.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Community Room, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk.