TANYA ERZEN with AUTUMN CURTIS
University of Puget Sound professor Tanya Erzen’s research with prisoners and members of faith-based ministries in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana and Washington is the subject of her new book, God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Beacon Press). She finds in these ministries a source of self-transformation and dignity for prisoners but questions their ability to address fundamental problems in our justice system and their marginalizing of those who are not “born again” converts. Tonight she’s expected to appear in conversation with a Autumn Curtis, a senior at the University of Washington who has received numerous fellowships and awards. She was released from the Washington Corrections Center for Women four years ago where she served seven years. She speaks regularly at universities, conferences, and community events about issues related to women and incarceration.