• Incarcerating US

    Incarcerating US

    The Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University is thrilled to be hosting the world premiere showing of "Incarcerating US," a feature length documentary that exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free

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  • PRISONS AND JUSTICE INITIATIVE

    PRISONS AND JUSTICE INITIATIVE

    Georgetown University establishes a new Prisons and Justice Initiative to address one of the most important ethical and political challenges of our time: the state of the American criminal justice and prison systems

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  • Reversing the Tide of Mass Incarceration

    Reversing the Tide of Mass Incarceration

    See the highlights from our launch event, "Reversing the Tide of Mass Incarceration: Prospects for Prison Reform" held on February 9, 2016                    

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  • The Truth About False Confessions

    The Truth About False Confessions

    On Tuesday, March 22 the Initiatve held a discussion on this little known but supririsngly common act of injustice featuring four exonerees who provdied false confessions as juveniles.

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  • 37th & Jessup

    37th & Jessup

    On April 25, the Initiative hosted "37th & Jessup," an event that showcased the collaborative efforts of students from GU and Jessup Correctional Institution to draft innovative proposals for prison reform.

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  • Internship Matching Program

    Internship Matching Program

    The Initiative has partnered with a number of D.C. prison reform orgnaizations to help streamline the intern application process for interested Georgetown students and provide a resource pool for our partner organizations.

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  • Marc Howard leads a class at Jessup Correctional Facility

Georgetown University's Prisons and Justice Initiative was founded to bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and students to examine the problem of mass incarceration from multiple perspectives.

On September 15, the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University hosted the world premiere showing of "Incarcerating US," a feature length documentary that exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms.  With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world.  Incarcerating US tells the story of America's broken criminal justice system through the eyes of those who created it, those who have suffered through it, and those who are fighting to change it.  Watch the trailer.

The premiere event took place in the Hart Auditorium at the Georgetown University Law Center, and was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center's Race and Criminal Law Working Group.  The viewing was followed by a panel discussion with leading experts on criminal justice reform.  

The Washington Post Sunday Magazine recently featured the work of the Prisons and Justice Initiative as the cover story of its September 11, 2016 issue. The article focuses on an "inside-outside" class called "Prison Reform Project," taught in the Spring 2016 semester by PJI Director Marc Howard, which brought together 15 Georgetown students with 16 incarcerated students from the Jessup Correctional Institution. They all worked side-by-side on multi-media criminal justice and prison reform proposals that were presented to several hundred people (including family members of the incarcerated students) at a public event held at Georgetown in April, entitled "37th and Jessup."

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