Dr. Ebonie Cunningham Stringer, assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State Berks, was recently invited to speak at a conference sponsored by the Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale University. The event titled, “Let My People Go: An Interfaith Conference on Mass Incarceration,” was a three-day interactive virtual event that explored the role of faith communities in dismantling mass incarceration.
The event, which was held February 26–28, brought together experts from diverse faith backgrounds and life experiences, including leading academics, faith leaders, community organizers, and the formerly incarcerated.
Stringer was a panelist in a session titled “Religious Responsibility in Criminal Justice,” during which she shared her research, which explores the intersections of criminal justice, family, religion, and other social institutions. She has published in academic journals on the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of incarcerated mothers, and her current research explores the role of clergy and religious institutions in social and criminal justice reform.
Recently, Stringer was named a member of the board of directors of the newly formed Lehigh Valley Justice Institute. The Institute began operations in mid-December 2020, and it is based in Easton, Pennsylvania.