Update: Benjamin Jealous, NAACP former National President, has agreed to provide the keynote address for the event. He will be speaking from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. He will use his 20 plus years in civil rights activism to discuss the current state of corporatization in the criminal justice system, and the fall out he has seen from that. His experience as a national leader of the NAACP and journalist will show the effects of corporatization on communities all around the United States.



The Corporatization of Criminal Justice conference will include panel presentations and keynote speakers from across the nation and world consisting of scholars, attorneys, and advocates working on the pressing issue of the role of private prisons in mass incarceration and immigration detention. The conference seeks to address a broad range of questions, including how the profit-motive of private prison corporations influences the length and severity of sentences and availability of parole, how private prisons and mass incarceration disproportionately impact communities of color, and how private prisons contribute to social inequality and oppression. This event will examine the corporatization of the criminal justice system writ large, examining prisons, parole, immigration detention, bail, and probation.


The state bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the mandatory continuing legal education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 6.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the state bar of Arizona, including 0.00 hour(s) of professional responsibility.  For lawyers seeking CLE credit, please go to the register now button below and choose the classification to receive that pricing. if you have any CLE questions please contact Christopher Marohn at cmarohn@asu.edu



The Corporatization of Criminal Justice System Agenda:

(Program subject to change)

1:30 p.m..        Welcome/Introduction

John Dacey, Executive Director, Abolish Private Prisons

andré douglas pond cummings, Professor of Law

1:45 p.m.         Opening Speaker

Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

2:30 p.m.         Panel I:  The Privatization of Mass Incarceration: The History, The Ills, Racial and Social Inequality

Moderator: Yvonne Lindgren, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of San Francisco [2017-2018]
Alex Friedmann, Associate Director, Human Rights Defense Center
Donald Tibbs, Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Caroline Isaacs, Executive Director of American Friends Service Committee

4:15 p.m.         Speaker

Gilad Barnea, Human Rights Attorney, Jerusalem, Israel -Israel’s Exodus – The Annulment of Prisons Privatization (HCJ 2605/05, Academic Center of Law and Business, Human Rights Division v. Minister of Finance)

5:00 p.m.         Dinner Break

5:30 p.m.         Keynote Address

Benjamin Jealous, Former President and CEO of the NAACP

6:30  p.m.        Panel II:  The Abolition of the Private Prison Industry: Safeguarding Civil, Human, and Constitutional Rights

Moderator: Paul Bender, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Hadar Aviram, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law
Rashad Shabazz, Professor, Arizona State University School of Social Transformation
andré douglas pond cummings, Professor of Law

8:00 pm           Concluding Speaker

John Dacey, Executive Director, Abolish Private Prisons

8:45 p.m.         Closing Reception


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