COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER AT-LARGE CALVIN S. HAWKINS, II, HOSTS SPECIAL SCREENING OF “LORTON: PRISON OF TERROR” DOCUMENTARY
Free, Ticketed Event, Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Prince George’s Community College, Largo
Prince George’s County Council Member At-Large Calvin S. Hawkins, II will host a screening of producer Karim Mowatt’s film, “Lorton: Prison of Terror”, a documentary exploring life in the region’s former prison complex through the firsthand, personal accounts of former inmates, corrections officers, and families of people who were imprisoned at one of the eight Lorton Reformatory prisons.
The screening will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Prince George’s Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, Proscenium Theater, 301 Largo Rd., in Largo, Maryland. This event is free; however, seating is limited. You must have a ticket to attend.
Lorton Reformatory is a former prison complex in Lorton, Virginia, established in 1910 for the District of Columbia. Described by many as outdated, overcrowded and violent, Lorton developed a reputation as one of the most notorious prisons in the American prison system. The last prisoners were removed from Lorton Reformatory in 2001, and a year later, the property was sold to Fairfax County. It is now a mix of single-family homes and apartments, and recreational facilities in walkable communities.
Council Member Hawkins shared, “I am pleased to present this documentary which shares an untold story about what occurred behind the prison walls at Lorton – the conditions endured by inmates and the impact of their experience on families and communities. I encourage our residents to see this important film.”
A passionate advocate for returning citizens, Council Member Hawkins added that his commitment is born of personal experience. “I am devoted to creating and seeking opportunities to support those who travel the way that I traveled – returning home to a community that presents a host of viable opportunities and options to succeed and not to return to prison.”
The free screening event will also feature a Question & Answer session following the film presentation.
While previous screenings have sold out, tickets are available for the January 7th event hosted by Council Member Hawkins.
For tickets please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lorton-prioson-of-terror-tickets-461903123677