Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Homeward Book Cover

Public Talk & Policy Panel with Bruce Western

1:30pm to 3:30pm Mayo Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Book Cover of Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison We are pleased to welcome Columbia Professor Bruce Western to the University of Minnesota to talk about his new book, Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison. Dr. Western is one of the nation's foremost experts on mass incarceration and the Co-Director of Columbia University's Justice Lab

THE PUBLIC TALK and POLICY PANEL with Bruce Western is scheduled for Friday, April 5th, from 1:30pm-3:30pm. We will start with a brief presentation from Dr. Western, followed by a response panel, and then audience Q&A. The policy panel will bring together three policy, practice, and advocacy leaders to provide short responses to Homeward.

The response panel includes:

Emily Hunt Turner, Founder and CEO of ALL Square

Jason Sole, Author of From Prison to Ph.D.

Tyler Winkelman, Clinician and Investigator, Hennepin County Medical Center

The event is free and open to the public. 

The event will be held at the Mayo Auditorium on the East Bank and is open to the public. Professor Western's book will be on sale at the event. 

This event is organized by the Criminal Justice and Health Care Systems team, which is supported by the Grand Challenges Initiative. This event has been made possible with  generous support from the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Department of Sociology, Office of Public Engagement, Robina Institute, and the School of Public Health. 

Continuing Legal Education

An application for 2 Continuing Legal Education credits (CLE) will be submitted. 


Directions and Amenities


Our Criminal Justice and Health Care Systems team has organized this public talk and policy response panel with Bruce Western.
Questions can be directed to Michelle Phelps ( and Rebecca Shlafer (