In September and October 2012, Human Rights First’s Public Dialogues Series, Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System, will convene experts, academics, policymakers, practitioners, advocates, and the private bar working in the immigration detention and corrections/criminal justice fields, as well as formerly detained individuals, to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices. We aim to help shift the national conversation on immigration detention, build alliances between stakeholders in both fields, and lay the groundwork for future improvements in policy and practice.
Confirmed speakers for the series include Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, University of California – Irvine School of Law), Dr. Dora Schriro (New York City Commissioner of Correction), Oren Root (Director of Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Immigration and Justice), Steve J. Martin (former General Counsel of the Texas prison system), James Austin (corrections management and planning consultant), Ahilan T. Arulanantham (Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California), Ana Yanez-Correa (Executive Director, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition), Texas State Representative Jerry Madden (R-67), Arizona State Representative John Kavanagh (R-8), and senior ICE officials.
The Dialogues will focus on four issues: conditions of confinement, mandatory detention/mandatory minimum sentencing, alternatives to detention, and access to quality legal representation.
The four day-long events will consist of talks and expert panels at our local university partners in Austin, Irvine (California), Tempe (Arizona), and New Orleans. Human Rights First will host a culminating event in early 2013 to bring lessons learned across the country back to Washington, D.C.
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