Pepperdine, govt of Colombia, Prison Fellowship to announce groundbreaking prison reform partnership

Oct. 20, 2023

“Human Flourishing and Justice: Offender Rehabilitation and Restorative Prisons” symposium to tout first of its kind study that will serve as blueprint for global prison reform

Press Release: JDA Worldwide for Pepperdine University

Oct. 20, 2023

MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine University’s Center for Faith and the Common Good will host a symposium entitled “Human Flourishing and Justice: Offender Rehabilitation and Restorative Prisons” on October 26. The event will be held at 10:00 AM PDT at the Caruso School of Law (or can be viewed online here).

Leaders from Pepperdine University, Prison Fellowship International, the Senate of Colombia, and The National Penitentiary and Prison Institute of Colombia will participate.

Discussion will center around a first of its kind, multiyear study in Colombia’s prison system to measure the efficacy of international prison programs in offender rehabilitation, recidivism reduction, and general correctional reform. The research study partnership findings will be applied to identify best practices that drive meaningful change in the lives of prisoners and their families around the world. This unique partnership will also position the Colombian government as a global leader in restorative programs.

Human Flourishing and Justice: Offender Rehabilitation and Restorative Prisons symposium including Q&A opportunities with panelists.

Jim Gash – President, Pepperdine University; Co-Executive Director of Pepperdine’s Center for Faith and the Common Good
Andy Corley – President and CEO, Prison Fellowship International
Byron Johnson – Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Public Policy; Co-Executive Director of Pepperdine’s Center for Faith and the Common Good
Sung Joon Jang – Visiting Scholar, School of Public Policy; Research Professor of Criminology; Co-Director of the Program on Prosocial Behavior, Baylor University
Senator Lorena Ríos Cuéllar – Member, Senate of Colombia
Dr. Jose Antonio Torres Ceron – Chief of the Legal Advisory Office of the General Directorate of INPEC
Lácides Hernández – Executive Director, Prison Fellowship Colombia
Cameron McCollum – Director, Sudreau Global Justice Institute; Administrative Director, Center for Faith and the Common Good

WHEN: Thursday, October 26 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263

The symposium is being broadcast for free online here.

Panelists are available for interview upon request and schedule permitting.

Press wishing to cover this event in person, please RSVP to receive credentials by contacting

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles in Malibu, California. Rooted in the Christian tradition, Pepperdine is committed to both the relentless pursuit of truth through academic and scholarly excellence and to embodying Christian faith and values. With students at the heart of the educational enterprise, the University prepares approximately 10,300 scholars across its liberal arts school, Seaver College, and its four nationally recognized graduate schools for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

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About the Center for Faith and the Common Good

The Center for Faith and the Common Good serves as a hub for the academic exploration of faith’s impact on human flourishing. Born out of research on the role religion can play on the experiences of those who are incarcerated, the center’s work aims to inform public policy initiatives and improve social outcomes related to rehabilitating offenders, reducing recidivism, and influencing correctional reform.

About Sudreau Global Justice Institute

The Sudreau Global Justice Institute at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law provides law students and practicing attorneys academic training and hands-on opportunities around the world to advocate on behalf of those in need. Endowed by alumna Laure Sudreau (JD ’97) to help justice systems rethink and revise their practices to better serve their communities, institute staff and students train local practitioners in new justice provision and advocacy methods, defend those in need of representation, and work with governments around the world to create more orderly, equitable legal systems.

About Prison Fellowship International

Since 1979, Prison Fellowship International has helped prisoners experience transformation from the inside out through the healing power of the Gospel. Its mission is to transform the lives of prisoners, their families and victims through a global network of ministry partners.

About Prison Fellowship Colombia

Prison Fellowship Colombia has been active in prison ministry for over 20 years, with access to over 83% of the nation’s prisoners through a portfolio of ministry programs for prisoners, their families, and crime victims.

About National Penitentiary and Prison Institute of Colombia

The National Penitentiary and Prison Institute of Colombia (INPEC) is a central government institution that is responsible for the incarceration, development and rehabilitation of prisoners, along with the administration of the country’s penitentiary system.