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Banished: A family on the sex offender registry follows the story of one family as they take us through the criminal proceedings and the changes they must go through when preparing for the registry. Banished is an oral history and storytelling project documenting the harms of the sex offender registry, told in three parts. The contained works are co-written by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, a staff writer for The Appeal, and coLAB Arts producing director, Dan Swern. It was developed with support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The project’s scholar-in-residence is Laura Cohen, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, Justice Virginia Long Scholar, and Director, Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School.

The play also features interviews with Elizabeth Letourneau, Director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins University, and Patty Wetterling, national children’s safety advocate whose son’s disappearance led to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.

Banished is Co-Sponsored by: New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services, National Religious Campaign Against Torture in New Jersey, Town Clock Community Development Corporation, Brady Project of Middlesex County, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Nancy Boykin*, Robert Carr*, Helen Farmer*, Meridith C Grundei*, Aaliyah Habeeb*, Dave Seamon

*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

A facilitated discussion on restorative justice & the impact of the sex offender registry will follow the performance at 7:30.

Panelists Include:
Fletcher Duddy, Deputy Public Defender and Director of the Special Hearings Unit for the NJ Office of the Public Defender
Michael C. Woyce, Assistant Deputy Public Defender, Special Hearings Unit-Asbury Park, NJ Office of the Public Defender
Deanna Shoemaker (moderator), Associate Professor, Communication & Performance Studies, Graduate Director, MA in Communication, and Advisor, CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance at Monmouth University

This performance is approved for 1 General Social Work CE Credit*.

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Co-sponsored by the Monmouth University Center for the Arts, CommWorks, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Political Science and Sociology, the Department of Communication, the Helen McMurray Bennett Endowment for Social Ethics, the MU Honors School, the School of Social Work, and the NJ Alternatives to Violence Project.