Aliyah Graves-Brown (C'16)

Aliyah Graves-Brown is the Program Coordinator for the Prisons and Justice Initiative and a 2017 graduate from Georgetown University. As a Government major and Sociology minor, Aliyah’s passion for criminal justice and prison reform emerged as a student of Professor Marc Howard’s in his “Prisons and Punishment” course. Thereafter, she was a student in his inaugural “Prison Reform Project”, a mixed class with incarcerated men at Jessup Correctional Institute and Georgetown undergraduates working together on prison reform policy. The course was undoubtedly her most inspiring and meaningful educational experience and has since shaped what she believes will be her life’s work. Upon graduating, she worked for Oracle’s Public Sector Division as a Business Development Consultant, until she returned to the Hilltop and joined the PJI team in March 2018. As the Program Coordinator, Aliyah is responsible for all PJI event and program coordination, website and social media maintenance, outreach, general inquiries, and administrative assistance. Her primary responsibility is the management of PJI’s Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, the only co-educational prison education program in the country. Currently, she is studying for the October LSAT and planning to attend law school in fall 2020. Through her work with PJI, Aliyah has experienced the human capacity for change and plans to devote the entirety of her professional career to the humanization of currently and formerly incarcerated people.

Graves-Brown will be featured on the panel entitled Breaking the Cycle in a Broken System: A Discussion on Mass Incarceration and Prison Reform with Brian Ferguson (C’18), Marc Howard, Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, Professor of Government and Law Students of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, Paul Butler, The Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown Law Center, Tyrone Walker (Pivot Fellow ’19) and Morris Will O'Kelly (B'91)