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Prison Nations: Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Prison Nations: Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration

 

October 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Albany Law School


 

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9:30am - 9:50am - Registration

9:50am - 10:00am Introductions

10:00am - 11:15am - Panel One

The Issue of Imprisonment in Comparative Perspective: A Question of Human Rights?

Moderator: Professor Michael J. Hutter, Albany Law School

Panelists:
Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association of New York        
Melaine Velez, Southern Center for Human Rights
Margaret Winter, Associate Director, ACLU National Prison Project
Jonathan Gradess, New York State Defenders Association

11:15am - 12:30pm - Panel Two
The Implication of Mass Incarceration on Basic Human Rights: Basic Health

Moderator: Benjamin P. Pomerance, Esq. '13

Panelists:
Dr. Robert Greifinger, Former DOCCS Medical Director
Mik Kinkead, Prisoners' Legal Services Staff Attorney
David C. Leven, Executive Director, Compassion & Choices of New York     
Kathy Boudin, Columbia University School of Social Work

12:30pm - 1:45pm - Lunch 

Keynote by Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Special Problems Facing Women in Prison

1:45pm - 3:10pm - Panel Three
The Implication of Mass Incarceration on Basic Human Rights: Women and Children and Immigration

Moderator: Joanne Macri, Esq., Director, Regional Initiatives

Panelists:
Professor Philip M. Genty, Columbia Law School
Professor Paula Johnson, Syracuse University School of Law
Elizabeth Gaynes, Executive Director, Osborne Association
Cecily Carr, Osborne Association
Hon. Roger F. Sagerman, United States Department of Justice

3:10pm - 3:20pm - Break

3:20pm - 5:00pm - Panel Four
The Implication of Mass Incarceration on Basic Human Rights: Solitary Confinement

Moderator: Karen Murtagh, Esq., Executive Director, Prisoners' Legal Services

Panelists:
Jack Beck, Director, Prison Visiting Project
Dr. Stuart Grassian, Psychiatrist
Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, Speaker Pro Tempore
James Gilligan, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York University, School of Medicine

The conference will be followed by the Prisoners' Legal Services 40th Anniversary celebration, also held at the law school.