Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform
to the Immigration Detention System
8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Schedule for the day (PDF) | Reading materials
Co-Sponsored by UC Irvine School of Law and the UCI Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy
This event is part of a series organized by Human Rights First in an effort 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.
The series convenes 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.
Four day-long events are planned in September and October 2012 at universities in Austin, Texas; Irvine, Calif.; Tempe, Arizona; and New Orleans, Louisiana. In early 2013, Human Rights First will host a culminating event to bring lessons learned across the country back to Washington, D.C.
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.
Click here for an overview of the series (PDF)