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STAC Criminal Justice Advisory Board Members on MSNBC

Oct 25, 2019

STAC Criminal Justice Advisory Board Members on MSNBC

On September 8, 2019, news anchor Lester Holt of NBC and MSNBC hosted a historic town hall discussion on criminal justice at a maximum-security prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, entitled “Justice for All.” It was the culmination of a deep dive into the problems with our criminal justice system, and the critical need for, and efforts being made toward, system reform.

Two of the professionals interviewed are members of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Michael Capra, Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility and Sean Pica, Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison.

St. Thomas Aquinas College forges these connections with people who make a difference to the community and to society. Our Criminal Justice Advisory Board, comprising 19 professionals in the field including Superintendent Capra and Mr. Pica, exemplifies these connections. Their appearance on a program “Justice for All” reflects how we—and the professionals affiliated with our college—embody and promote our dedication to social justice and social responsibility, very much a part of STAC’s vision. This media coverage gives our criminal justice major and our overall college national exposure—while STAC is not mentioned in the interview, those familiar with our Advisory Board will immediately recognize the important relationship of these two men to our college.

We are so fortunate to have such an esteemed Board of notable and civic-minded professionals as models and setting examples, providing opportunities for our criminal justice students, and contributing to the growth and relevance of our undergraduate and graduate programs. And now, they are conveying their message of criminal justice reform to the country more broadly.

About STAC and Hudson Link Partnership:
STAC, in partnership with Hudson Link (Sean Pica, Director) offers a B.S. in Social Sciences to men incarcerated in Sullivan Correctional Facility. In May 2019, eighteen men graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, the ceremony was held in the prison.

About Superintendent, Michael Capra:
Superintendent Capra, every semester, makes time to talk with criminal justice majors who tour Sing Sing in connection with their classes on prisons and punishment (penology) in the U.S. He provides his invaluable insights into the running of a major prison and encourages students to consider the importance of preparing prisoners for release.

For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]

Lester Holt interviewing Michael Capra of Sing Sing and Sean Pica of Hudson Link

On September 8, 2019, news anchor Lester Holt of NBC and MSNBC hosted a historic town hall discussion on criminal justice at a maximum-security prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, entitled “Justice for All.” It was the culmination of a deep dive into the problems with our criminal justice system, and the critical need for, and efforts being made toward, system reform.

Two of the professionals interviewed are members of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Michael Capra, Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility and Sean Pica, Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison.

St. Thomas Aquinas College forges these connections with people who make a difference to the community and to society. Our Criminal Justice Advisory Board, comprising 19 professionals in the field including Superintendent Capra and Mr. Pica, exemplifies these connections. Their appearance on a program “Justice for All” reflects how we—and the professionals affiliated with our college—embody and promote our dedication to social justice and social responsibility, very much a part of STAC’s vision. This media coverage gives our criminal justice major and our overall college national exposure—while STAC is not mentioned in the interview, those familiar with our Advisory Board will immediately recognize the important relationship of these two men to our college.

We are so fortunate to have such an esteemed Board of notable and civic-minded professionals as models and setting examples, providing opportunities for our criminal justice students, and contributing to the growth and relevance of our undergraduate and graduate programs. And now, they are conveying their message of criminal justice reform to the country more broadly.

About STAC and Hudson Link Partnership:
STAC, in partnership with Hudson Link (Sean Pica, Director) offers a B.S. in Social Sciences to men incarcerated in Sullivan Correctional Facility. In May 2019, eighteen men graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, the ceremony was held in the prison.

About Superintendent, Michael Capra:
Superintendent Capra, every semester, makes time to talk with criminal justice majors who tour Sing Sing in connection with their classes on prisons and punishment (penology) in the U.S. He provides his invaluable insights into the running of a major prison and encourages students to consider the importance of preparing prisoners for release.

For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]

L to R: Leslie Holt, Michael Capra, and Sean Pica.
 

Watch News Anchor, Lester Holt Interview

Watch NBC Dateline producer, Dan Slepian’s story behind the “Justice for All” series

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.