In 2013, Project 180 hired a public relations professional to perform a media audit on reentry issues. The audit reflected that prisoner reentry was not a topic of public conversation. In order to bring prisoner reentry and its attendant ills—homelessness, poverty, unemployment, low literacy, public health and public safety concerns—out of the halls of justice and into the public domain, Project 180 began an annual lecture series that has just completed its fourth year.
The series, Strong Voices/Strong Subjects, is held in April, May and June each year and features national, regional and local experts. The series has explored Barriers to Successful Reentry (2014); Crime, Punishment and Redemption (2015); Addiction, Reentry and Recidivism (2016) and The Prison Experience (2017). Since its inception, the series has drawn over 950 attendees and has featured speakers from over 20 institutions, nonprofits, state and local government officials and universities including University of South Florida, the Urban Institute and the Rockefeller University.