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Prisoner Debate Project wins SIMA award

Prisoner Debate ProjectThe documentary, The Walls directed by Gonzalo Escuder & Nacho Gomez, featuring the Prisoner Debate Project was just awarded The Special Jury Prize for Innovation by the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA).

The documentary demonstrates the great work of our own Amber Morczek and Roger Schaefer, Post-Doc Johannes Wheeldon, and Alumna Loretta Taylor. This project was the result of a great collaboration between our department, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (WADOC).

Watch The Walls directly on the SIMA website. The synopsis on the SIMA website reads: “Students from Washington State University visit the prison at Coyote Ridge in order to participate in a debate about gun control. The rest of the participants are the debate club members from the prison – a group of inmates that have been transformed and inspired by their new contact with education; prisoners that cling to it as their last chance for redemption.”