The Symposium held jointly by the NYU Law Review and the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law will discuss some of the issues in Professor Rachel Barkow’s recent book, Prisoner of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration, and will examine the pathological politics of criminal justice and how this has contributed to our current mass incarceration problem. Panelists will discuss specific examples of counterproductive criminal justice policies that were enacted in response to these broken politics, and how these policies actually fail to make us safer; discrete reforms that target how prosecutors exercise their power and discretion; the creation and/or consultation of administrative and expert agency reforms to help change decision-making and policy analysis in the criminal justice space; and a discussion of recent case law suggesting that judges can and should play a greater role in improving criminal justice outcomes, as well as a discussion focused on the need for judicial diversity at the state and federal levels. The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Shon Hopwood from Georgetown University School of Law.
Monday, October 21st, 8:30am to 3:30pm
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
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