• St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • 5501 Main Street
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

A ProjectCURATE conference at St. Paul’s will bring together criminal justice professionals, community service providers, academics, community organizations (faith-based and non), and people who have spent time in prison to share ideas about the successful re-integration of people from prison back into mainstream life and to shape a new way forward together. 

Fr. Gregory Boyle will kick off the conference with a free, open-to-the-public talk on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Child care will be available in the nursery.

Speakers for the next two days, July 28-29, will be Dr. Shadd Murana, Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark; Anthony Graves, death row exoneree; and Dr. Ruth Armstrong of the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. 

A $35 registration fee covers two days, and $20 covers one day. Lunch is included in registrations. Scholarships are available. Register via www.curateconference.org.

For more information, please email jennifer.palomo@projectcurate.org.

More about the Speakers

Dr. Shadd Murana. Author of award-winning Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives, Dr. Maruna has been a Soros Justice Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow. 

Anthony Graves. Graves spent more than 18 years in prison, 16 of which were in solitary confinement — 12 on Texas Death Row — for a crime he did not commit. Assisted by The Innocence Network, he was vindicated and released in 2010.

Dr. Ruth Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong’s doctoral studies examined life after release from prison and described the gritty realities of trying to get out of a life of crime on a day to day basis. Her current research looks at the consequences of curating spaces of connection and learning within secure environments and beyond.

She will speak again an open meeting of ProjectCURATE on Saturday, July 30, at 9 a.m. in the Activity Center.