February 8, 2018

Claudia Robins Whitman '63 to Receive 2018 Award for Excellence in Public Service

Claudia Robins Whitman '63

Social justice advocate, artist, and 1963 Goucher graduate Claudia Robins Whitman will receive the 2018 Goucher College Award for Excellence in Public Service for her passionate and life-long work in criminal justice reform and her achievements creating support systems for incarcerated individuals and their families. Whitman, who is the founder and CEO of the National Capital Crime Assistance Network (NCCAN), has spent decades working to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners. Over the years, she has partnered with organizations such as Equal Justice USA, the Innocence Project, and Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), and has contributed to numerous books and articles about the death penalty and help for the wrongly incarcerated.

In February of 2017, after successfully obtaining a release from judgment for her client Bernard Young, her work was featured in this profile by the Durango Herald. In it she states “There’s just so many people innocent in prison, and it’s frustrating… But then when you get a success like this and see joy in their hearts, you get more out of it than you ever put in.”

Whitman will receive her award from President Bowen and the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) at the annual meeting of the AAGC over Alumnae/i Weekend on April 28.