America has the largest prison population in the world as well as one of the highest rates of recidivism. Why is it that so many people find themselves trapped within the cycle of incarceration? What can we do to help create meaningful transitions from a life behind bars to a life in community? This year students in the Speech Matters semester intensive have visited prisons, public defenders, and nonprofits to answer these questions. Please join us for a panel conversation with the students on their projects and discuss how to reframe American criminal justice from a system of punishment to one of responsibility, redemption, and healing.