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

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.

For more information and to register, click here.