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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

University of Texas Hosts "Re-examining Incarceration: A Discussion on Civil Rights and the Prison System"

The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights presented its annual symposium, “Re-examining Incarceration: A Discussion on Civil Rights and the Prison System,” on Tuesday, April 17, at The University of Texas School of Law.

The event featureed a critical discussion of civil rights issues surrounding incarcerated persons in Texas.

The special guest speaker  was Kerry Max Cook, the author of Chasing Justice, who was exonerated after spending two decades on Texas’ death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Cook’s long struggle for freedom and exoneration is said to be the result of one of the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct in American history. He will tell his story.

Two panels followed in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom, one discussing the state of juvenile justice in Texas and the second discussing how civil society can work to effect change within the Texas prison system. They included:

  • “JUVENILE JUSTICE: HOW DO WE FIX THIS MESS?”
    Scott Medlock, Texas Civil Rights Project, Will Harrell, ACLU of Texas, and Isela Gutierrez, Texas Coalition Advocating for Juvenile Justice
  • “FIGHTING FROM THE OUTSIDE: CIVIL SOCIETY CHALLENGES TO THE CONDITIONS OF INCARCERATION”
    Nicole Porter, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas; Michele Deitch, Professor, LBJ School of Public Policy, The University of Texas; J. Rogue, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power; Andria Shively, Inside Books Project [Mark Godsey]

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