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The Visiting Room Project: A Full-Day Symposium with Men Released from Life Sentences in Angola Prison

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On September 28, 2023, join the IEMI and Inquest teams as we partner with with The Visiting Room Project for a day of in-person activities about life-without-parole sentences and the struggle to end mass incarceration.

See the full event page at Inquest

The Visiting Room Project is the largest collection of video interviews with men serving life-without-parole sentences in the world. All of these interviews were filmed in Louisiana’s Angola Prison. Following the election of a progressive DA in New Orleans, who created a Civil Rights Division, and a governor who has commuted more than 150 life-without-parole sentences, some of the men who were interviewed for the project have been able to return home. They will be joining us at Harvard alongside The Visiting Room Project team members. Click here to read bios of all of the presenters.

The symposium is hosted by Inquest and the Institute to End Mass Incarceration and made possible by generous support from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, the Hutchins Center’s Institute on Policing, Incarceration & Public Safety, and the Phillips Brooks House Association.