WVU Law’s Appalachian Justice Initiative (AJI) will host a panel discussion on mass incarceration in Appalachia on November 1 at 5 p.m. in the college’s Event Hall.
The panel is in conjunction with art exhibit The Divide at the WVU Law Library and the WVU Downtown Campus Library, in which photographer Raymond Thompson documents van trips for families from urban Virginia to visit their relatives incarcerated in Appalachia. The black and white photos are currently displayed in the Atrium of the Downtown Campus Library and in the entry to the Law Library.
AJI seeks to spotlight the challenges facing inmates and their families while incarcerated in Appalachia, and upon their release and return to rural communities. Speakers for the 5pm November 1 panel include Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Jeri Kirby, Fairmont State University; First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Betsy Jividen; founding member of R Zero, a re-entry organization, Rich Macallaster; the artist, Raymond Thompson; and Valena Beety, Director of the West Virginia Innocence Project, as moderator. “AJI is about recognizing and listening to the voices of all of our community members, including those most stigmatized, such as Appalachian prisoners and former offenders,” said Valena Beety, a law faculty member of AJI. “We are proud to host this discussion in conjunction with a thought-provoking exhibit."
Event Details: https://aji.law.wvu.edu/events
Photo Credit: Raymond Thompson, http://www.raymondthompsonjr.com/divide/