Examining a Broken Justice System (New York City): Our trip will work to better understand the complexities of the current U.S. retributive justice system by visiting organizations in New York City related to the pre- and post-incarceration process. Topics will include juvenile sentencing, education, inter-generational incarceration, and alternative methods to incarceration. By working with representatives from non-profits, legislatures and juvenile halls, we will examine all steps of the incarceration and re-entry process through a variety of lenses. We hope that through this trip, participants will challenge their preconceived notions about today’s prison system and continue related service work in the future.
Twelve Middlebury students will be traveling to New York Cityover February break as part of a Middlebury Alternative Break (MAlt) trip. MAlt is a student organization that provides student-designed and student-led service trips for Middlebury College students. MAlt offers opportunities for students to participate in strong direct service that seeks to address needs as determined by a local community partner. MAlt is committed to a needs-blind acceptance policy. As a result, we do extensive fundraising to ensure that participants’ financial needs can be met. We all work together to support one another, which is why this fundraiser is so critical to our efforts. MiddSTART is a critical part of our effort to help us fundraise for our trip expenses.