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August 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Alumni News | Phillips Blogs about Changing Mass Incarceration System

A smiling Erin Phillips with brick wall in background

Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips ’16 is a law student at the University of Cincinnati and currently interning at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, an organization with the mission is to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal-justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education.

She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a certificate in War and Peace Studies. While a student at OHIO, Phillips was president of the pre-law fraternity and involved with Students Defending Students. After graduation, she worked with the Athens Reentry Program as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker through ACEnet.

Phillips recently posted a blog article for OJPC:

Why fight the symptoms of mass incarceration when you can change the system itself?

Prior to working as a summer intern for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, I was working as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Athens County Job and Family Services. I worked in the Athens Reentry Program and the work I did truly inspired me and changed my life.

My first day, I met the Program Director. It didn’t take long to realize he was the best social worker — and most likely best human being — I would ever meet. He told me this story; many know it as “The Starfish Story” adapted from “The Star Thrower,” by Loren Eiseley….

Read more of her blog.

According to Shawn Stover ’89, Reentry Program Coordinator, a special Memorandum of Understanding was created at the time so that Phillips could spend two days a week in the program to assist in collaborative outreach to other agencies, gather statistics, and improve the Reentry outreach service.

“She did some amazing work for Athens Reentry and I will be forever thankful for her contributions,” Stover says.

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