The Mural Arts Program hosted a regional symposium, “Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration," on April 15.  The symposium brought together different voices to examine issues from all sides.  It also focused on ways in which art can help inmates adjust to life after prison. Vernon Clark from The Philadelphia Inquirer attended the event.

John Wetzel (left), Pennsylvania secretary for Department of Corrections, Tony Heriza (center), filmmaker and moderator, and El Sawyer (right) filmmaker, participate in panel discussion during a gathering of criminal justice advocates, students, artists, former inmates and others at Community College of Philadelphia for "Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration" hosted by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )