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Seattle Journal for Social Justice 2020 Symposium

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Sullivan Hall at Seattle University School of Law

901 12th Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

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Seattle Journal for Social Justice 2020 Symposium: Jails and Prisons: Rights, Re-Entry, and Reform

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Millions of people in the United States are currently incarcerated, and a large percentage of the population has been incarcerated at some point in their lifetimes. Across the country people are experiencing the negative impacts of our system of incarceration: courts are enforcing excessive bail amounts while prisoners are held pre-trial; prisoners face inhumane and unconscionable conditions while in jails and prisons; and prisoners are deprived of proper preparation for re-entering society after release, making them more likely to recidivate. But there are legal voices and community voices that are fighting for adequate rights for prisoners and formerly incarcerated people.

The Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ) intends to inform attendees of the symposium about the pre-trial, bail and parole system, inhumane conditions in prisons and jails, and what the re-entry process looks like for those who were once incarcerated. The symposium will also create space for a discussion about the affirmative steps that we as community members, attorneys, and future attorneys can take toward eliminating the injustices that have led to mass incarceration and its consequences. The symposium will be divided into four sessions, each with a panel consisting of legal experts, people with lived experience, and academics. Each panel will touch on an aspect of the prison and jail system.

The symposium will be at Seattle University School of Law on March 6, 2020 from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm with an hour for networking and light refreshments to follow. Each panel will last for roughly one hour, and will take place in the following order:

Session 1: Reforming Pre-Trial Release, Bail, and Parole

  • La Rond Baker, Special Counsel for Affirmative Litigation and Policy, King County Department of Public Defense
  • Rachael Seevers, Attorney, Disability Rights Washington
  • Twyla Carter, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project
  • Bob Boruchowitz, Director of the Defender Initiative, Professor, Seattle University Law School
  • Judge Theresa Doyle, King County Superior Court

Session 2: Improving the Re-Entry Process and Reducing Recidivism

  • Bryan Adamson, Professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Dominique Davis, Founder/Director, Community Passageways
  • Karlton Daniel, President/Co-Founder, Circle of Change
  • Christopher Poulos, Executive Director, Washington Statewide Reentry Council

Lunch and Keynote: Lisa Daugaard

Executive Director of the Public Defenders Association and a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship recipient.

Session 3: Conditions: A Look at the Inside of Prisons and Jails

  • Nick Straley, Assistant Deputy Director of Advocacy, Columbia Legal Services
  • Heather McKimmie, Director of AVID Program, Disability Rights Washington
  • Andrea Altheimer, Ambassador/Coach, Community Passageways
  • Keith Hedgepeth, Director of Juvenile Detention Court, Ambassador/Coach, Community Passageways
  • Sharon Dolovich, Professor, UCLA Law

Session 4: Justice in Practice: What Change Looks Like Going Forward

  • Hillary Behrman, Director of Legal Services, Washington Defender Association
  • Anita Khandelwal, Director, King County Dept. of Public Defense
  • Nick Allen, Deputy Director of Advocacy, Columbia Legal Services
  • Joanna Plichta Boisen, Pro Bono Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Jennifer Smith, Executive Director, Seattle Clemency Project
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