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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