Criminal Justice Up Close. From Jailhouse Lawyer to Law Student: The Story of Calvin Duncan. Video available!
October 18, 2018
Criminal Justice Up Close. From Jailhouse Lawyer to Law Student: The Story of Calvin Duncan
September 27, 2018
5:00 p.m., Council Chamber
At age 19, Calvin Duncan was wrongfully convicted of murder. After serving over 28 years in Angola prison for a crime he did not commit, he was released in 2011. While incarcerated, Mr. Duncan learned the law and offered legal services to hundreds of fellow prisoners, including those on death row. Since his release, he has been awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to vindicate the rights of incarcerated people and is the program director of The Light of Justice Program, which helps incarcerated people gain access to the courts. He is now applying to law school.
In this video, Mr. Duncan discusses his remarkable journey, the challenges that incarcerated people face when trying to litigate from inside prison, and his ongoing efforts to create systemic reform in the indigent defense system.
Co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Department of History, the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Community Engagement.