Bonner Scholars will engage in critical discourse surrounding the Criminal Justice System in the United States by visiting/meeting with advocacy and direct service organizations in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA.

We will analyze the issue by looking at environmental and contributing factors, the courts, the prison industrial system, juvenile justice, and release and re-entry. We will look at the root causes of crime and criminalization, how individuals are being helped, and the systemic changes that community partners, organizations, and leaders are working towards. Reflection will be a vital part of the experience and will be done formatively throughout the trip. 

The dates of the trip are Monday, May 7 - Thursday, May 10, 2018

Link to FYT Packet!

Packing List & ITINERARY


  • Towel
  • Bed sheets (twin size), pillow and/or sleeping bag
  • Umbrella / Raincoat
  • Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers)
  • Shower shoes (flip flops)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, soap, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nightwear (pajamas!) 
  • Business casual outfit
  • Comfortable clothes for warm weather
  • Pen/pencil
  • Board games (if you have any you’d like to bring!)
  • Spending money ($20 should be plenty but is not necessary)
  • Prescription medications (please let Jessica know in advance)
  • Water Bottle
  • Photo ID


Monday, May 7
8:30 Check-in at THC 305 (Breakfast / Trip Overview)
9:30 Panel Discussion
11:00 Load bus and leave Richmond
1:15 Arrive at Shalom Place / unpack
1:45 Free Time / Group Bonding
5:00 Eat dinner
6:30 Watch documentary film, 13th
8:15 Reflection and supportive time following the showing of 13th

Tuesday, May 8
8:00 Breakfast / Get ready for the day / Make lunches
11:00 Meet with Thrive DC (New Directions Program)
12:00 Eat packed lunch / Rest and Written Reflection
3:00 Meet with Public Defenders Service for D.C.
5:00 Quick dinner
6:00 Community building

Wednesday, May 9
8:15 Breakfast
8:45 Clean up / Make lunch
11:00 Meet with National Juvenile Justice Network
12:30 Lunch
3:00 Meet with Justice Policy Institute
4:00 Meet with Campaign for Youth Justice, TBD
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Reflection and free time

Thursday, May 10
9:00 Breakfast and Pack
10:00 Journal time / group reflection
11:00 Write thank you cards and clean up
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Load bus in D.C.
5:00 Arrive in Richmond



Panel Members

Sarah Scarbrough, Ph.D
Founder and Director of The Real Life Community Center

Traci DeShazor
Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Julie Ellen McConnell
Director, Children's Defense Clinic, University of Richmond Clinical Professor of Law

D.C. Partners 

Thrive DC, New Directions Re-entry Program
Public Defender Service for D.C. 
National Juvenile Justice Network
Justice Policy Institute
Campaign for Youth Justice