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The Post-Conviction Justice Project brought former clients and USC Gould students together for a discussion, “Racial Injustice in the Criminal System,” Nov. 6.

The event was the final installment of the three-part series In Pursuit of Justice: Conversations on Inequality and Activism.

Students Chief Coleman, Class of 2022, and Ashley Smith, Class of 2021, guided this discussion with former PCJP clients Romarilyn, Charles and Marcus, who shared their experiences with systemic racism in the criminal penal system.

Watch the recording:


  • Prof. Heidi Rummel, co-director of PCJP
  • Chief Coleman, PCJP student, USC Gould JD Class of 2022


  • Marcus, PCJP client released after serving more than 20 years for felony murder committed at age 15
  • Charles, Paws for Life K9 Rescue. PCJP client released after serving more than 25 years for a crime committed at age 17
  • Romarilyn, program director of Project ReBound at CSU Fullerton. PCJP client released through landmark California Supreme Court decision in re Lawrence
  • Ashley Smith, PCJP student and legal representative at Charles Lafayette’s hearing, USC Gould JD Class of 2021