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Inquest Hosts Symposium on Life Without Parole

In partnership with The Visiting Room Project, we’ll hear from people directly impacted by these extreme sentences—and why ending them is part of the broader struggle against mass incarceration.

Inquest, a publication of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration, will host a day-long convening that will shed light on the cruelty of life-without-parole sentences, centering formerly and currently incarcerated people who have experienced them.

This gathering follows an essay by The Visiting Room Project filmmaker Marcus Kondkar, who has written about the power of documenting and witnessing intimate, face-to-face conversations with people who have been condemned to die in prison.

For more information about the September 28 event and to sign up for it, click here.

Adam McGee Joins Inquest as Managing Editor

Inquest brings together the ideas, work, and reflections of contributors from a multitude of fields, with the shared goal of ending mass incarceration. McGee will help lead the online publication as it builds on the foundation of a successful first year.

Inquest, a publication of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration, is thrilled to announce that Adam McGee has joined our team as managing editor.

Before coming to Inquest, McGee served as managing editor of Boston Review for nearly a decade, where he was also founding Arts Editor of the magazine’s Arts in Society project.

McGee earned a PhD in African and African American Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. His scholarship has appeared in Studies in Religion, Dreaming, and the Journal of Haitian Studies. As a poet and writer, his work has been in Prairie Schooner, Electric Lit, Poets & Writers, Raleigh Review, Painted Bride, Memorious, Cimarron Review, Assaracus, and elsewhere. Prior to becoming a full-time editor, McGee taught courses in religious studies and anthropology at Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern.

McGee joins the publication at an exciting time, following our one-year anniversary in July 2022. In Inquest’s first year, we published over a hundred thought-provoking, rigorous, and influential essays, all contributing to our “decarceral brainstorm” that seeks an end to mass incarceration. With McGee helping to lead the publication, the future holds even more potential and excitement, as we look to grow our community of readers, contributors, and fellow travelers. Joining a small but dedicated team, McGee will help to ensure that Inquest continues to provide our readers with writing that inspires them, that provokes them, and that pushes the critical work of decarceration forward.

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