Former prisoners share stories of life after life

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Surrey, B.C. – This Friday, four former prisoners will share their incredible stories of life after life at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

Hosted at KPU Surrey, the symposium is a tribute to late KPU criminology instructor Tom Allen, whose own powerful story of fighting addiction and spending time in prison championed the idea of change being possible. After attaining his master's, Allen spent over a decade teaching criminology to KPU students, and volunteering to support restorative justice.

“Our contemporary notions of justice refer to the taken-for-granted notion that harsh punishment is deserved and effective in reducing crime,” said Alana Abramson, a KPU criminology instructor organizing the event. “Media tell us people in prison are dangerous and cannot change. They tell us that change is not possible. On Friday, we’ll hear stories that prove otherwise.”

The event, titled “Tremendous Stories of Life after Life: Sharing Stories of Former Prisoners,” is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana Abramson at

Friday, February 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
KPU Surrey Conference Centre, 12666-72nd Ave.
Light refreshments will be served

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