Herman's House Film Screening and Panel on Solitary Confinement and Justice Reform


Add to My Calendar Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:00pm

Join CCR at the Brooklyn Public Library for a film screening of Herman's House and community conversation with Executive Director Vince Warren and others about the justice system in New York, in particular the effects of policies and reforms such as the ending of solitary confinement.

Herman's House is a documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between Herman Wallace and Jackie Sumell. In 1972, New Orleans native Herman Wallace was serving a 25-year sentence when he was accused of murdering an Angola prison guard and thrown into solitary confinement. Many believed him to be wrongfully convicted. Appeals were made but Herman remained in jail and - to increasingly widespread outrage - in solitary confinement. Years passed with one day much like the next. Then in 2001 Herman received a letter from Jackie Sumelll, a young art student, who posed the question, "What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?"

What: Film Screening and Community Forum on Solitary Confinement and Justice Reform
 Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center - basement
Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association of New York
Jean Casella, Co-Director, Solitary Watch
Moderated by Tom Robbins, journalist for the Marshall Project and New York Times contributor

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May 8, 2015