Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Corporatization of Criminal Justice

On April 14, 2017 at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, a symposium will be held entitled "The Corporatization of Criminal Justice."  The conference will bring together panelists and keynote presenters from across the nation and world consisting of scholars, attorneys and advocates working on the pressing issue of the role of private for-profit prisons in mass incarceration and immigration detention.  The conference seeks to address a broad range of questions, including how the profit-motive of private prison corporations influences the length and severity of sentences and availability of parole, how private prisons and mass incarceration disproportionately impact communities of color and how private prisons contribute to social inequality and oppression.  This event will examine the corporatization of the criminal justice system writ large, examining prisons, parole, immigration detention, bail and probation.

The event keynote speaker is Benjamin Jealous, former President and CEO of the NAACP.  Other speakers include Marie Gottschalk, Gilad Barnea, Rashad Shabazz, Paul Bender, Yolanda Vasquez, Donald Tibbs, Hadar Aviram, Alex Friedmann, Yvette Lindgren, John Dacey, and dré cummings.  Presenter biographies are available here.

The event is available to attorneys for CLE credit (Arizona and California) (register here) and is free for the general public.  The conference schedule is

Together with ASU Law, this event is being sponsored by:  Abolish Private Prisons, Carolina Academic Press, American Constitution Society, Changing Hands Bookstore, and the law firm of Osborn Maledon.