Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved with the Prisons and Justice Initiative, please consider the following: 

  1. Subscribe to our mailing list for occasional updates and event announcements from the Prisons and Justice Initiative and related organizations.
  2. Sign up for a visit to the DC Jail. On Thursday afternoons we hold our lecture series, which features a different speaker each week and serves as a gathering for all of our credit and non-credit students. This is a great opportunity to see the Scholars Program up close, as well as get to know our inside students.
  3. If you have a particular interest in working with children, become a mentor for PJI Pals, which pairs students with children of incarcerated parents between the ages of 8 and 18. 

  4.  Become a PJI Ambassador. This is a great option for students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about criminal justice and prison reform, regularly attend PJI's events, and walk away asking what they can do to help. PJI Ambassadors will have a broad interest in PJI's work and may be called upon for occasional volunteer opportunities in any of our programs, including assistance before, during, or after events. 
  5. The Prisons and Justice Initiative also aims to connect interested students and community members with opportunities to volunteer or intern with organizations in the DC area and around the country that are working toward solving the problem of mass incarceration. 
  6. To help us in our mission by contributing a gift to the Initiative, click here.

One of the best ways to get involved in prison reform is to stay informed about current events in criminal justice. The Marshall Project circulates a daily digest of articles about criminal justice reform by email.

Georgetown students who are interested in tutoring or teaching opportunities within a correctional facility should consider joining the Prison Outreach program, which currently offers GED tutoring at the D.C. Jail.