IUP Department of Criminology houses the only student chapter of the
Pennsylvania Prison Society.
is open to graduate students. The following are among the chapter activities:
Located at the
Indiana County Jail, the program is for incarcerated parents and their
children. Doctoral students audio record the parents reading books that they
have chosen, which have been donated by community groups such as ARIN and The
Kiwanis Club, and then both the book and the recording are mailed to their
child. There is often a personalized message at the end of each
recording. The program is conducted free of cost to the inmate or their
family. The goal is to help build the bonds that are lost when a parent
“A Discussion about Justice, Innocence, and
the Criminal Justice System.”
Speakers: Kirk Bloodsworth,
Exonoree, Bill Moushey, Innocence Institute Director, Craig Cooley, Attorney,
Cyril Wecht, Forensic Pathologist, Attorney and Medical Legal Consultant and
John Rago, Post-conviction DNA Project Director.
Each semester, members of the IUP Student Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, organize a video presentation followed by a panel discussion. Recent videos have included:
Members of the IUP Student Chapter PA Prison Society create and staff occasional poster presentations on current events.
For example, in October 2012, the IUP
PPS student chapter created a poster presentation focused on drawing
attention toward the death penalty as it is administered in Pennsylvania. The
poster highlighted legal issues, appellate and exoneration processes, and
specific newsworthy cases.
Chapter members hold fundraisers and toy
drives for local charities.