John Mitchell Skinner

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John is a second-year student at the LBJ School studying for a Master’s in Public Affairs. After graduating from Swansea University, Wales in 2019, John worked operationally in the criminal justice arena as a clerk to Judges in the UK on a variety of cases, ranging from murder trials, drug trafficking, and historical sexual abuse cases. While involved in the court system, John was exposed to the conditions of defendants and the experiences of prison staff across the UK, which shone a spotlight on the issues faced in prisons across the country. As an international student at the LBJ School, John is continuing to learn about correctional facilities in the United States and will be focusing his efforts on providing meaningful research to highlight cases of oversight across Texas and the US. At PJIL, John worked on an array of topics including the National Resource Center for Correctional Oversight which will provide an inventory of prison oversight structures across the 50 states.