WYOMISSING, Pa. — Ebonie Cunningham Stringer, assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State Berks, recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale University. The three-day interactive virtual event, titled “Let My People Go: An Interfaith Conference on Mass Incarceration,” explored the role of faith communities in dismantling mass incarceration.
The event, held Feb. 26–28, brought together experts from diverse faith backgrounds and life experiences, including leading academics, faith leaders, community organizers, and the formerly incarcerated.
Stringer participated in a panel discussion titled “Religious Responsibility in Criminal Justice,” sharing 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.