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2020-21 One Book Program: The US Carceral System

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton & Cari Lynn

Visit our research and resource guide to learn more about themes explored in the two works. 

Use the link below for the complete list of past One Book selections and resources. 

Spring Quarter Talks

“Stories of Success: Addiction, Recovery, Reentry, and Building Pathways through Education”

May 12, 1-3 PM Diversity Educational Series

Facilitated by GRC's Devon Klein and featuring One Book author, Ms. Susan Burton, JJ Jackson, Education Reentry Navigator at Evergreen State College, Joe Conniff, Peer Counselor and Resource Manager at King Country Drug Court, and a few other guests. 

Hosted by One Boo​k, GRC Reentry Program, ODEI, and GDEC.

"Imagining Reentry at Green River"

Please join One Book and the GRC Reentry Program for our final panel discussion of the year!

June 3: 12:30 - 2 PM

This year we have learned about mass incarceration, racial inequities in the US legal system, the school to prison pipeline, the lack of educational opportunities in prison, innocence and exoneration, addiction and incarceration, and the challenges of reentry.

Please help us wrap up our year and plan for the future with a discussion of why educational reentry programs are essential and some of the amazing work being done in the field.

Help us envision the Reentry Program at Green River!

Winter Quarter Talks

Dreaming of Justice, Working for Freedom!

(in collaboration with Student Life, ODEI, GDEC, and the GRC Reentry Program)

  • Date: Wednesday, February 24, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Speaker: One Book author, Susan Burton

Susan Burton shares her journey from incarceration to supporting over 2,000 women find their freedom, dignity, and purpose to leading a global model for change

Source: " Susan: A Documentary " by Tessa Blake , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

The Innocence Project 

(hosted by Student Life as part of the Diversity Educational Series and in collaboration with One Book & the GRC Reentry Program)

  • Date: Wednesday, January 13, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Speaker: Huwe Burton

Fall Quarter One Book Talks

Mass Incarceration in the Land of the Free

(in collaboration with the GRC Reentry Program & FacHouse)

  • Date: Thursday, October 8, 12:00-1:00pm, One Book Brown Bag Series 
  • Speaker: Kate Lawson Rogers, Sociology Faculty 

Did you know we have the highest incarceration rate in the world?  Ever wonder how we got here?  Would you like to learn more about why people were protesting, and what defunding the police actually means?  Join Kate Lawson as we look at some of the historical policies and practices that have shaped our current criminal justice system, as well as how we can help push for a more equitable future.


Nikkita Oliver on Black Lives Matter & The Racial Justice Uprising and Movement

(in collaboration with GDEC,  ODEI, Student Life, & GRC Reentry)

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 1:00-3:00pm, GDEC-ODEI Diversity Educational Series


The Juvenile Prison Pipeline
(in collaboration with GDEC,  ODEI, Student Life, & GRC Reentry)

  • Date: Thursday, October 29 12:00-1:00pm One Book Brown Bag Series
  • Speakers: Jashon A. Banks, Sr., Ph.D. Criminal Justice Faculty & guest, James Curtis, JD, Defense Attorney


Second Chances: Retribution and Reform
(in collaboration with GDEC, ODEI, & GRC Reentry)

  • Date: Wednesday November 4, 1:00-3:00pm GDEC-ODEI Diversity Educational Series
  • Speaker: Jeremiah Bourgeois

In 1993, Jeremiah Bourgeois was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime he committed as a fourteen-year-old. Join us as Mr. Bourgeois talks about the path that led to his twenty-seven years of incarceration, his ultimate transformation and release from confinement, and his trials and triumphs during the reentry process. Mr. Bourgeois is currently earning his Law Degree at Gonzaga University and is an advocate for criminal justice reform.


Imagining a Prison to College Pipeline: A Conversation with FEPPS Co-Founders Shajuanda Tate and Tonya Wilson

(in collaboration with GDEC, ODEI, & GRC Reentry)

  • Date: Thursday Nov 19, 12:00-1:00, One Book Brown Bag Series
  • Speakers: Marc Barrington, GRC English Faculty and former University Beyond Bars Instructor & guests, Shajuanda Tate, FEPPS Advisory Board and Tonya Wilson, FEPPS Board of Directors