The Searchlight Series

The Searchlight Series

Eastern State Penitentiary Presents
The Searchlight Series:
Conversations About Crime, Justice, and the American Prison System


Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site partners with nationally recognized penologists and educators to present an ongoing discussion series about crime, justice, and the American prison system. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required. The 2017 schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 3
Tuesday, February 7
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, April 4
Tuesday, May 2
Tuesday, June 6
Tuesday, July 11 (Note: The July event will take place the second Tuesday due to the Independence Day holiday.)
Tuesday, August 1
Tuesday, September 5
Tuesday, October 3
Tuesday, November 7
Tuesday, December 5

Discussion topics and speakers listed below. (Some topics TBD.) Click here for a list of last year's discussions.


Jeffrey C. Jones: Freeing the Incarcerated Mind

Jeffrey JonesTuesday, January 3, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Free. No reservations required.

Racial disparity in the US prison system is a national crisis – one in every ten Black men is in prison or jail, and one in six Latino men can expect to go to prison in his lifetime. Jeffrey C. Jones will speak on how we can eliminate the stereotypes that have surrounded people of color for far too long and how to ensure success for boys and men of color.

Jeffrey C. Jones, an award winning and dynamic speaker, is the founder of Greater Days Ahead and works as Philadelphia Community Manager of BMe, a national network of people committed to build caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men.