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Adnan Syed hired by Georgetown to work on its Prisons and Justice initiative


Adnan Syed, recently exonerated after spending more than two decades behind bars, now works as a program associate for Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative, the school said.

The initiative “addresses the root causes and consequences of mass incarceration and provides educational programs and training to incarcerated and returning citizens,” the school said. In the job, Syed will support programming for the initiative and began working in that role on Dec. 12, the school added.

Syed was part of Georgetown’s first bachelor’s degree program at a Maryland prison that began last year, according to the school. He hopes to continue the program and then attend law school.

“Going from prison to being a Georgetown student and then being on campus on your way to working for Georgetown at the Prisons and Justice Initiative is a looping moment,” he said. “PJI has changed my life. It changed my family’s life. I hope I can have the same kind of impact on others.

The PJI program director said Syed has a lot to offer the program team and students.

“Adnan’s commitment to the program and to his education was clear from the moment he walked into the classroom,” said Marc Howard. “We were thrilled to see him cleared and then be able to welcome him to the Prisons and Justice Initiative. He is one of the most resilient and inspiring people I have ever met, and he has so much to offer. to our team and other students in the PJI programs.

Syed spent 23 years behind bars for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee and whose murder case was featured on the landmark “Serial” podcast.

Hae Min Lee is seen in this undated file photo.

In September, Baltimore prosecutors dropped all charges against Syed after advanced DNA testing of Lee’s shoes and clothing ruled him out.

However, Hae Min Lee’s brother requested a reconvening of the hearing which overturned Syed’s conviction. The brother claims that the court failed to give him sufficient advance notice of the hearing, hid evidence from the family and did not give him the opportunity to be heard during the proceedings.

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