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College to host Pennsylvania Prison Society

Lycoming College will host the Pennsylvania Prison Society as it celebrates its 225th anniversary on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jane Schultz Room, Wertz Student Center.

The free event will feature three programs: “Prison Reform Then and Now – or is it Now and Then?” by William M. DiMascio, executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society; “Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Needs and Challenges” by Troy Edwards, reentry services coordinator for the state Department of Corrections; and “Restorative Justice” by the Rev. Walter Everett.

“This is the second time that the College has hosted an event for the Pennsylvania Prison Society and we are pleased to welcome Mr. DiMascio, Mr. Edwards, Rev. Everett, and others interested in this work, to campus to celebrate the society’s 225th anniversary,” said Dr. Kerry Richmond, assistant professor of criminal justice. “The Pennsylvania Prison Society is nationally recognized for its prison reform and advocacy efforts, and we are pleased to be able to offer a forum to recognize its achievements and educate others about its work.”

Reservations are required and may be made by emailing or by calling 215-564-6005, ext. 116.

The Pennsylvania Prison Society, founded in 1787, is the nation’s oldest criminal justice reform organization. It provides reentry services to former offenders, programming to children and families affected by incarceration, visitation to prisoners in state and county correctional facilities, and influences public policies that make positive changes in the criminal justice system.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit


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