Alexis Raskin

Program Host

Alexis Raskin is a graduate of Lehigh University ('20). During her time studying at the school, she interned at WDIY. Her volunteering efforts at the Northampton County Prison as a GED tutor led to her recording and producing the Prison Project Podcast, focused on exploring the inequities in the criminal justice system. Alexis now works for Teach for America at DMLK Early College in Denver, CO, where she teaches middle and high school Special Education

On the fourth installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin talks with public defender Rory Discole, who is the lead attorney for the Northampton County Mental Health Court. They discuss the Mental Health Court's inception and design, goals and outcomes, plus how it reduces criminal recidivism.

On the first installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin talks with fellow Lehigh graduate Tori Campbell ('20) who volunteered at Northampton County Prison as a GED tutor through Lehigh University's Prison Project.

On the second installment of the Prison Project Podcast, Alexis Raskin talks with Dr. Lloyd Steffen, the director of Lehigh University's Prison Project. Dr. Steffen explains the Prison Project's beginnings, goals, and the positive effects on its participants.

On the third installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin sits down with Dr. Dena Davis, who discusses volunteering with Lehigh University's Prison Project including the differences between jails and prisons, her focus on tutoring young women prisoners, and the specific challenges women face in the prison system.

On the fifth and final installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin talks with Craig Dally, a Mental Health Court and Recovery Court judge at the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Dally offers a judge's perspective of the benefits of Mental Health Court and Recovery Court and how Recovery Court supports a process of rehabilitation rather than criminalization of drug dependency issues.