USF Hosts National, Local Experts for Discussion on the Effects of Mass Incarceration on Offenders, Families and Communities

Leading national experts and scholars from the University of South Florida will come together on Friday, Oct. 28 for an important community panel discussion about the effects of mass incarceration in the state of Florida and across the country. 

According to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Florida has the third highest amount of children who have experienced parental incarceration. The goal of this colloquium is to discuss policies and practices that reform correctional systems; create new opportunities for returning offenders, such as reducing barriers to employment and stable housing; and support families while a parent is incarcerated.

Sponsored by USF’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, the “Colloquium on the Effects on Incarceration on Offenders, Families & Communities” is open to university and community members and will provide current research-based information on the toll of incarceration.  It will be held at the University Area Community Development Corporation, 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa.

The featured panel presenters include:

Dwayne Smith, USF senior vice provost and dean of the Office of Graduate Studies will moderate the panel and open discussion after the panel presentation. Community partners will also be available to distribute information on resources available in the Tampa Bay area.

“I hope the colloquium will provide information about emerging national trends in criminal justice reform, especially regarding individuals with mental health and substance use problems,” said Dr. Mary Armstrong, Executive Director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute and one of the event organizers.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with national experts, as well as participate in a facilitated discussion.  There is a $10 fee to attend and registration is requested by visiting:


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