2018–2019 Event Details

The Justice Collaboratory was pleased to welcome Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology and co-director of The Justice Lab at Columbia University on Monday, December 10, 2018. Professor Western spoke about his new book Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison (2018, Russell Sage Foundation) to members of the Collaboratory and invited guests. 

Homeward looks at the turmultous first year after release as Professor Western and his research team interviewed over one hundred recently released men and women of the Massachusetts state prison system. The book describes the lives of the formerly incarcerated and demonstrates how poverty, racial inequality, and failures of social support trap many in a cycle of vulnerability despite their efforts to rejoin society.  

The Justice Lab at Columbia University combines research, policy developement and community engagement to propel the project of justice reform. 


The Justice Collaboratory presented member Emily Wang, M.D. on Monday, October 15, 2018. Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, directs the Health Justice Lab, and is the Evaluation Director and Co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network.

The Health Justice Lab is a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary team focused on improving the health of individuals and communities who are impacted by mass incarceration. The Lab has received continual funding by the National Institutes of Health for studies ranging from the epidemiology of incarceration and cardiovascular health to mitigating the community impact of gun violence using a participatory approach and assets-based framework. As a general internist, Emily has cared for thousands of individuals recently released from prison. The Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), a growing consortium of 25 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for recently released prisoners by employing individuals with a history of incarceration as community health workers. Emily has served on the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine’s Health and Incarceration Workshop, Means of Violence Workshop, and the Steering Committee on Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs. Her work been published in the Lancet, JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs, and showcased in national outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and CNN. Emily has a BA from Harvard University, an MD from Duke University, and a MAS from the University of California, San Francisco.

The (TCN) is a national network of medical homes for individuals with chronic diseases recently released from incarceration. Founded on the idea that the people closest to the problem are also closest to the solution, each clinic that adopts the Transitions Clinic Program employs a community health worker (CHW) with a history of incarceration as part of the clinical team. The Transitions Clinic along with the CHW helps patients navigate the local healthcare systems and the community’s social service agencies; provides chronic disease self-management support; and makes necessary referrals for employment, housing, medical coverage and education.