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Center for Criminal Justice Panel Discussion: Prison, Invisibility & Resistance

The American criminal legal system currently incarcerates nearly 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 109 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, and 3,163 local jails. This panel considers the scope of mass incarceration today in the context of the experiences of people who have been and are incarcerated, specifically those who have been erased from or left out of discourse on the issue. Focusing on the themes of invisibility and resistance, the discussion will explore the intersections of race, gender, citizenship, and disability as identities in prisons and jails; transfers and isolation from families; the role of lawyers in fighting mass incarceration, and current campaigns against solitary confinement from both inside and outside. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.
Sponsored by the Center for Criminal Justice
Roger Headley, Community Leader, VOCAL-NY
Robert "Saleem" Holbrook, Director of Community Organizing, Abolitionist Law Center
Emma Kaufman, Assistant Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Jamelia Morgan, Associate Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

Prianka Nair, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law & Director, Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, Brooklyn Law School
Jocelyn Simonson, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

About the Center for Criminal Justice
The Center for Criminal Justice was launched by Brooklyn Law School in 2016 as a dynamic center that builds on the existing strengths of the school’s nationally recognized criminal law faculty and places the Law School at the center of critical conversations, education, and sharing of expertise on the most vital issues and topics in criminal justice law and policy today.
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