Students at West Virginia University conducted research in 2018 that helped them to better understand the issues that surround mass incarceration in our country, specifically for women in West Virginia. In an advocacy communications class, students took that research and created three campaigns addressing issues that the previous research identified as central concerns to residents of the Mountain State: children of incarcerated parents, state-level policy and employment of formerly incarcerated women.
Students from this class then traveled to Washington, D.C. to present their campaigns to their congressional delegation, including representatives from the offices of Shelley Moore Capito, Joe Manchin and David McKinley. During the immersive trip, students also pitched their campaigns to top national organizations including The Vera Institute of Justice, The Sentencing Project and The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI).
In the second year of the project, students continued the work of the previous classes by creating a campaign focused on hosting the U.S. Department of Justice Reentry Simulation. You can check out the four campaigns below: