RMA Presents Nov 7 Speaker: Chandra Bozelko, “From Princeton to Prison: Lessons in Mass Incarceration”

The Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich (RMA) presents Chandra Bozelko, whose talk is entitled: “From Princeton to Prison: Lessons in Mass Incarceration.” The talk is on Wed, Nov 7 at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place.

As a graduate of Princeton University who was in the middle of post graduate study when she was arrested, Chandra Bozelko was an unlikely inmate.  She served more than six years at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut’s only women’s prison, for several non-violent crimes that remain on appeal.

While she was in prison, she published a book of poetry, Up the River: An Anthology.  Chandra was the first incarcerated person to write a column from behind bars, called “Prison Diaries.”  The column is now a blog which updates weekly with a new “diary” entry.  “Prison Diaries” won the 2018 People’s Voice Webby Award and won first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual contest in 2016.

In January 2017, Ms. Bozelko was granted a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship to report on indigent defense under the new presidential administration. She was named a Journalism and Women Symposium Emerging Journalist Fellow in June 2017.

Ms. Bozelko is now a nationally-syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate.  Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, USA Today, US News and World Report, the Washington Post, Quartz, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hartford Courant, and the Baltimore Sun and several other publications.

Her talk will be “From Princeton to Prison: Lessons in Mass Incarceration.” Please join us for a very interesting and informative presentation.

There is no RMA speaker Nov 14.  On  November 21, Ken Borsuk, Greenwich Time Reporter,  will present: “Tales of a Greenwich Reporter on the Front Lines.” 

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Our social break starts at 10:40 AM followed promptly by our speaker at 11:00 AM.  Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam in Greenwich.  For additional information see www.greenwichrma.org or contact