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Our annual conference gathers scholars, advocates, and directly impacted people to discuss the criminal punishment system.


Barred is a live storytelling event where individuals who have direct experiences with the Arkansas prison system share their story from the stage. 

Inside Out

Inside Out brings amplifies the voices of incarcerated persons by bringing together free world poets to read and honor the work of incarcerated poets. 

In keeping with our commitment to public education, each year we hold events that help amplify the voices of people directly impacted by Arkansas' criminal punishment system and educate the public about the criminal injustice system. Below is a list of our recurring events. 

All in-person events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 until further notice.


inside out

Inside Out: A Poetry Reading seeks to amplify the voices of incarcerated Arkansans through the written word. This semi-regular event brings together free world poets to read and honor the work of presently incarcerated poets.

In the last two years, we've held readings in Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Fayetteville.


Barred: True Stories of Incarceration is a  live storytelling event in which individuals who have direct experiences with the Arkansas prison system share their stories from the stage. 

Barred is a partnership with 
The Yarn, which uses the power of story

to amplify voices, build understanding, and create space for human connection.

barred I

Barred I Storytellers include 
Hakim Malik, Jennifer Horan, Karen Burke, Meagan McVay, Eliza Borné, April Derrick, Deangelo Lee, and Zachary Crow.

barred II

Barred II Storytellers include Aljay X Spencer, Latreece Gray, Laura Berry, Peggy Egan, Kurt Muhammad, Michael Kaiser, Justin Booth and Ruby Welch.


The DecARcerate Conference gathers scholars, advocates, and formerly incarcerated people to discuss Arkansas' systems of mass incarceration and criminalization. 

Each year, eight presenters share academic presentations, personal reflections and stories.

The 2020 Conference was canceled due to COVID-19.