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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Education in Prisons

    Education in Prisons

    Professor Marc Howard brings Georgetown colleagues to give guest lectures in a class on World Politics at the Jessup Correctional Institution                              

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  • Georgetown-Jessup Debate Program

    Georgetown-Jessup Debate Program

    Matthew Kahn and members of the Georgetown debate teams teach prisoners about argument and self-advocacy at the Jessup Correctional Institution

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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 April 25, the Initiative hosted "37th and Jessup: Classmates Divided by Bars, United for Justice," an event that highlighted the inspiring life experiences and policy recommendations that emerged from Professor Marc Howard's course GOVX-400: Prison Reform Project. This course brought 15 Georgetown undergraduate students into Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Jessup, Maryland to work together with incarcerated citizens to draft innovative proposals for criminal justice and prison reform.  Watch the full event and learn more about it here.

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