programs

Spring 2015 : Third Annual Lecture SeriesTower and Wall
Behind the Walls of Lorton Prison :  1970-2001

Wednesday Evenings, shop 7:30-9:00 pm
Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre
9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, Virginia 22079

All programs are free with a suggested donation of $10.
Please register for each program online at:
www.WorkhouseArts.org
Call 703-548-2900 for information

The community surrounding Lorton Prison was largely unaware of events taking place behind those high brick walls and razor-wire topped fences. These programs provide a revealing look at life at the DC Correctional Facility from the inside out.

Inside the Criminal Mind
January 14
Roger L. Depue, retired chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit and a master criminal profiler is the featured speaker.

Coping with Life Behind Bars: Art and Music
February 11
A panel discussion about the liberating and rehabilitative power of art and music for offenders of all ages. A special display of art created by D.C. prisoners will be on view.

Keeping Sane While Doing Time: Religion, Counseling and Social Services
March 11
Dr. Elwood Gray, founder and president of The National Coalition; of Prison Ministries, shares his experiences with inmates and their families at Lorton. Then, a panel of prison caseworkers reflects on the important role of a counselor in the correctional system.

Pioneer Women in Criminal Justice: Breaking the ‘Brass Ceiling’
2:00 pm March 29

It has taken women many years to achieve equity within police and correction departments nationwide. Hear a group of exceptional women describe their experiences progressing within the criminal justice system.

Panelists
Teresa Chambers, retired Chief of the U.S. Park Police, Washington, DC
Suzanne Devlin, former Acting Chief, Fairfax County, VA Police Department
Edtythe Joppy, retired Lieutenant, Arlington County, VA Sheriff’s Department
Stacey Kincaid, Sheriff, Fairfax County, Virginia

Moderator
Theresa Lantz, retired Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Corrections who began her career with the DC Department of Corrections

Fires, Riots and Escapes: Lorton in the Public Eye
April 8
Actions at Lorton captured frequent public attention in the last years of the 20th Century. A panel of administrators, firemen and correctional officers reveals what was going on and why.

Life After Prison
April 29
Many prisoners gained new vocational and academic skills while incarcerated. The first panel consists of former officials who share their experiences with prison industries. The second panel will include parole officers who describe the reintegration of inmates into the real world community.

The Workhouse Prison Museum opened to the public in 2009 and is entirely supported by private contributions.. It is located in Building W-9 at the Workhouse Arts Center. The Museum was created to present an overview of some of the interesting and significant events that took place at the District of Columbia’s Correctional Complex at Lorton from its opening in 1910 until the last prison left in 2001. Your support for the museum is app