Seattle Journal for Social Justice

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Event  Jails and Prisons: Rights, Re-Entry, and Reform Symposium

Register for free
Friday, March 6, 2020

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Light refreshments to follow  

Seattle University School of Law

Sullivan Hall

901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122    

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. Each panel will last for 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, National ACLU
  • Bob Boruchowitz, Seattle University Law School
  • King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle.

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, 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, Columbia Legal Services
  • Heather McKimmie, Disability Rights Washington
  • Andrea Altheimer & Keith, Community Passageways
  • Sharon Dolovich, UCLA Law

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

  • Hillary Behrman, Washington Defender Association
  • Anita Khandelwal, King County Dept. of Public Defense
  • Nick Allen, Columbia Legal Services
  • Joanna Boisen, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Jennifer Smith, Seattle Clemency Project