Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2015
This description of Saskia Niño de Rivera's work was prepared when Saskia Niño de Rivera was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
Saskia Niño de Rivera is fighting to change the current Mexican penitentiary system, which is popularly known as the country’s ‘university of crime.’ Saskia believes that coming from a family with a criminal history or growing up inside a prison should not destine one to a lifetime of crime. Working with infants born in prison, adolescents who have committed serious crimes and at-risk populations, she is researching and changing the incentives and conditions that have corrupted the Mexican penitentiary goals.
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