Inside Voices: The Free Speech Rights Of Incarcerated Americans

Inside Voices - The Free Speech Rights of Incarcerated Americans - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7PM Gaston Hall

Tuesday, April 16, 7-9pm
Gaston Hall
Food and refreshments will be served at 6pm on the 2nd floor of Healy 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. Panelists will discuss the challenge of balancing fundamental First Amendment rights with legitimate concerns about public safety, victims’ rights, and the overall security of the residents and staff within each correctional facility.


  • Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project
  • Amy Fettig, Deputy Director, ACLU Prisons Project
  • Robert Green, Director, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Montgomery County, MD
  • Sekwan Merritt, Paralegal, Arnold and Porter
  • Joel Castón, Incarcerated Resident of the DC Jail (by phone)

The event will be hosted by Marc Howard, Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, and moderated by Sanford Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project.

Light food and refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Healy Hall, and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Gaston Hall on the third floor.