2018-2019 Events

Past Events

Making an Exoneree

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Wednesday, May 1, 7-9pm
Lohrfink Auditorium
Food and refreshments will be provided
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Please join the Prisons and Justice Initiative for “Making an Exoneree,” a powerful and moving event that highlights the life-changing work of the 18 Georgetown students taking the “Prison Reform Project” class, taught by Professor Marc Howard and Adjunct Professor and 2008 Exoneree Martin Tankleff. 


“Growing Up in Prison: The Future of Juvenile Life Sentences in America”

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Tuesday, April 23, 7-9pm
ICC Auditorium
Food and refreshments will be provided at 6:30pm
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In conjunction with Georgetown’s MLK Initiative, the Prisons and Justice Initiative is honored to host an important and timely panel discussion about juvenile life sentences. 


“Inside Voices: The Free Speech Rights Of Incarcerated Americans”

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Tuesday, April 16, 7-9pm
Gaston Hall
 

The Free Speech Project and the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University are proud to announce this major public forum focusing on the free speech rights of incarcerated Americans. The program will address such issues as the censorship of thousands of books from prison libraries, restrictions on mail and other information and materials that prisoners can receive or obtain, and limitations on what incarcerated authors can write and publish. Food and refreshments will be served at 6pm on the 2nd floor of Healy Hall.


The Jumpsuit Project

A Prisoner at a Desk

Thursday, April 11, 6-8pm
Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery
3535 Prospect St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

The Prisons and Justice Initiative and The Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery are pleased to present the unique artistry of Sherrill Roland in The Jumpsuit Project. After spending nearly a year in the DC Jail for a crime for which he was later exonerated, Roland created this performance as an artistic response to his own experience.


Faculty Seminar Series: Keesha Middlemass

Convicted and Condemned

“Life After Prison Is No Walk In The Park”
Tuesday, March 19, 12:30-2:00 PM
ICC 550
Georgetown University
 

The Prisons and Justice Initiative will welcome Professor Keesha Middlemass, Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at Howard University, for a discussion on the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. She is the author of Convicted and Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry(NYU Press, 2017). Food and refreshments will be provided. 


Meek Mill in Conversation with Marc Howard

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Wednesday, November 7, 7:30-9:00 PM
Lohrfink Auditorium
Georgetown University

The birth of the #FreeMeekMill movement has put a much-needed spotlight on mass incarceration and the probation system, considering Mill has undergone a 10 year probation. In co-sponsorship with the Georgetown University Levture Fund and The Georgetown Radio, The Prisons and Justice Initiative was excited to welcome Meek to the Hilltop. 


Valentino Dixon: Golf Art Saved Me, Georgetown Set Me Free

Valentino Dixon: Golf Art Saved Me, Georgetown Set Me Free

Thursday, November 1, 7:00-9:00 PM
Gaston Hall (Healy Hall, 3rd Floor)
Georgetown University
 

The Prisons and Justice Initiative is thrilled to welcome Valentino Dixon to the Georgetown campus for an extraordinary event and celebration of his exoneration and release from prison.


Jesus saves: Escaping Gang Violence in El Salvador

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Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:30 PM
Riggs Library 
Georgetown University
 

In a context of increasingly restrictive immigration policies, enhanced enforcement initiatives and limited protections, PJI and the Department of Anthropology brought together a panel of immigration experts—academics, advocates, practitioners, and youth—who all speak to the intensifying challenges of life for young immigrants in the current moment. 


The Crisis Facing Immigrant Children and Youth in the United States

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Tuesday, October 9, 4:00-6:00 PM
Copley Formal Lounge
Georgetown University
 

In a context of increasingly restrictive immigration policies, enhanced enforcement initiatives and limited protections, PJI and the Department of Anthropology brought together a panel of immigration experts—academics, advocates, practitioners, and youth—who all speak to the intensifying challenges of life for young immigrants in the current moment. 


Film Screening: “the Sentence”

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Tuesday, September 11, 7:00-9:00 PM
Hart Auditorium
Georgetown University Law Center
 

In co-sponsorship with FAMM and the Georgetown Law Center’s Criminal Law Association, PJI hosted our first event of the year with a pre-release screening of the new award-winning HBO documentary, The Sentence.