2016-2017 Events

“Incarcerating Us ” – World Premiere and Panel Discussion

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Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30-9:00 PM
Hart Auditorium
GU Law Center

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.  

Faculty Seminar Series

Hannah Walker

Mobilized Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact and Latinos’ Political Participation

Hannah Walker
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Prisons and Justice Initiative
Georgetown University
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:30-2:00 PM
ICC 141, CCAS Boardroom

Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial

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Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm
ICC Auditorium

The Prisons and Justice Initiative was honored to host a special event featuring Rabia Chaudry, the author of the best-selling book Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial.  Rabia has become leading pioneer for justice for her longtime friend Adnad Syed, who has been incarcerated since 2000, and who became famous after the podcast Serial went viral and was downloaded over 500 million times.  Rabia went on to co-create the widely influential podcast Undisclosed, which has provided even stronger evidence of Adnan’s innocence (and has been downloaded over 100 million times).  This event took place at a time of great hope for “Team Adnan,” who is expected to receive a new trial sometime soon.

Rabia was joined by another special guest, Marty Tankleff, who himself spent over 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted.  The event was moderated by PJI Director Marc Howard, who (like Rabia for Adnan) is Marty’s childhood friend and who worked for years to secure Marty’s exoneration and freedom.

Watch the event here.

Faculty Seminar Series

Megan Ming Francis

Crimes of Capitalism: Race, Convict Leasing, and the Rise of the New South

Megan Ming Francis
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Washington
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:30-2:00 PM
ICC 450

Changing the Lens on African American Boys

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Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:30-9:00 PM 
Film and Media Studies, Film Screening Classroom
Healey Family Student Center 156

The Prisons and Justice Initiative was honored to co-host a special event featuring two new films from the award winning TEACHED series produced and directed by Kelly Amis. Co-hosted by Georgetown’s Film and Media Studies Program and sponsored by CityBridge Foundation and the Moriah Fund, this event examined the lenses through which society views African American boys and the role we all have to play in changing them.

Faculty Seminar Series

Lisa Miller

Crime, Punishment and the Racialized Future of the American State

Lisa Miller
Professor of Political Science
Rutgers University
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 4:00-6:00 PM
McShain Lounge

“From Music Exec to Criminal Justice Reformer”

Jason Flom

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Riggs Library

The Prisons and Justice Initiative was honored to host an evening with Jason Flom, an internationally-recognized music executive and leader in the criminal justice reform field. Currently the CEO of Lava Records (and formerly CEO of Virgin Records and Atlantic Records), Flom is personally responsible for launching the careers of Katy Perry, Lorde, and Kid Rock, and he produced such artists as Jesse J, Matchbox 20, Skid Row, Tori Amos, Jewel, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, and many others.

Faculty Seminar Series

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Still Right on Crime? The Future of Criminal Justice Reform Under Trump

David Dagan and Steven Teles 
Johns Hopkins University 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:30-2:00 PM
ICC 450

Dialogues on Being Human: The Intersection of Art, Health and Dignity with Jesse Krimes


Thursday, February 23, 2017

5:00pm: Exhibition of Purgatory
Spagnuolo Gallery, Walsh Building, 1221 36th Street NW

6:00 – 7:00pm: Dialogues On Being Human
Bioethics Library, 102 Healy Hall, 3700 O Street NW

7:00 – 8:00pm: Reception
Bioethics Library, Healy Hall

Georgetown University’s Department of Art and Art History, the Prisons and Justice Initiative, and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law were proud to present Jesse Krimes’ Exhibition of Purgatory. 

Faculty Seminar Series

John Bessler

John Bessler
University of Baltimore School of Law
March 1, 2017, 11:30-1:00
McDonough 109, Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Charles Neville, Concert & Panel Discussion

Charles Neville

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8 PM
McNeir Hall, New North Building

This program of jazz standards and original tunes was followed by a discussion, moderated by Prof. Marc Howard, Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University. Panelists included Georgetown professors Ben Harbert and Maurice Jackson, Beth M. Bienvenu of the National Endowment of the Arts, and Claire Schwadron of Project Youth ArtReach.

Immigration and Community Policing in the Age of Trump

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7pm – 9pm
New South Film Screening Classroom, Healy Family Student Center

The Prisons and Justice Initiative hosted a panel of experts to discuss the impact of “crimmigration” on Latino communities. The event was co-sponsored with the Georgetown University Black Law Students Association and the Georgetown University Latin American Law Students Association.

Faculty Seminar Series

Vesla Weaver

Portals: Community Conversations about the Police by the Policed

Vesla Weaver
Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
Yale University 
ICC 462 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:30-2:00 PM

Faculty Seminar Series

Marie Gottschalk

Dismantling the Carceral State: The Promise, Perils, and Politics of Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump

Marie Gottschalk
Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania
ICC 141, CCAS Boardroom
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:30-2:00 PM

Beyond 144: 6 Returning Citizens

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7pm
Healy Family Student Center Social Room

The Prisons and Justice Initiative and the “Prison Reform Project” class was proud to present “Beyond 144: 6 Returning Citizens,” a screening of several short, powerful, and inspiring documentaries. Each documentary shared the story of a returning citizen, highlighting the struggles, frustrations, and successes often encountered when reentering society following imprisonment. The six featured individuals were present for a post-screening discussion on the difficulties of reentry and the making of these projects.