2015-2016 Events

Reversing the Tide of Mass Incarceration: Prospects for Prison Reform

Reversing the Tide of Mass Incarceration: Prospects for Prison Reform - February 9, 2016 - Gaston Hall

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00-9:00 PM
Gaston Hall

The Prisons and Justice Initiative launched with its first event featuring a discussion on prison reform with remarks from Professors Paul Butler (Law), Benjamin Harbert (Music), Judith Lichtenberg (Philosophy), and Allegra McLeod (Law). Prisons and Justice Initiative Director Marc Howard (Government) moderated the event. 

Faculty Seminar Series

Susan Terrio

“Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Unaccompanied Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody” 

Susan Terrio
Department of Anthropology
Georgetown University
Wednesday, February 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
ICC 662

Faculty Seminar Series

Peter Ross Range

“1924: The Year that Made Hitler”

 Peter Ross Range
 Journalist and Author
 Wednesday, March 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 ICC 462
 (co-sponsored with the BMW Center for German and European Studies)

Faculty Seminar Series

Benjamin Harbert

“Angola Bound: Rethinking Prison Music as Neoliberal Labor”

 Benjamin Harbert
 Department of Music
 Georgetown University
 Wednesday, March 16, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 ICC 302-P

The Truth About False Confessions 

The Truth About False Confessions Flyer: Image of a man with his face in his hands

Tuesday, March 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
ICC Auditorium

The Initiative hosted a discussion on the issue of false confessions, and the role they play in producing injustice in our prison system, featuring remarks from exonerees Marty TankleffYusef Salam, David McCallum, and Jeffrey Deskovic.

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison by Jeff Smith Cover

Tuesday, April 5th, 5:00-7:00 PM
White Gravenor 201b

The Initiative was delighted to host an evening with Jeff Smith, an engaging speaker and fascinating person whose unusual career path has earned him the titles of Senator, Convict, and Professor (in that order).  Smith discussed his recent book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prisons and Crisis.

“First Degree” Film Screening

Man dressed in graduation garb in a prison

 Thursday, April 7, 7:00-8:30 PM
 Walsh 496

The Prisons and Justice Initiative hosted a screening and discussion of “First Degree,” a film that highlights the power of educational opportunities and achievement in U.S. prisons by following the story of three inmates pursuing their college degrees at Sing Sing Prison in New York.

Faculty Seminar Series

Rachael Barr
Jennifer Woolard

“Cost Effective Juvenile Justice Reform: Lessons from the Just Beginning ‘Baby Elmo’ Teen Parenting Program”

Rachel Barr and Jennifer Woolard 
Department of Psychology
Georgetown University
Wednesday, April 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
ICC 302-P

Writing Our Way Out

"Writing Our Way Out" book cover

Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-7:00 PM
Car Barn 204

The Initiative hosted a reading from author David Coogan’s Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs From Jail, which tells the story of Coogan’s experience teaching a writing course to ten incarcerated men in Richmond City Jail.  The book features memoirs from those ten men, many of whom joined us for the reading and discussion.  

37th and Jessup: Classmates Divided by Bars, United for Justice 

Georgetown on the left side - a Prison tower on the right side

Monday, April 25, 7:00-9:00 PM
ICC Auditorium

The Initiative was proud to host exceptional public event that highlighted the inspiring life experiences and informed policy recommendations that emerged from a unique class consisting of students from both Georgetown University and the Jessup Correctional Institution (a maximum-security prison in Maryland). The Georgetown students made three sets of multimedia presentations—on themes related to “Before,” “Inside,” and “After” prison—and the event highlighted the voices, stories, poetry, and art of their Jessup classmates.