Progressive Prosecution and the Carceral State Symposium

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The UC Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment & UC Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal present:

Progressive Prosecution and the Carceral State Symposium

February 7, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UC Hastings Law
The symposium is free of charge.

Attend the symposium to discuss current pioneering efforts to reform prosecutorial practices and the role that the “progressive prosecution” approach plays within the larger movement around criminal justice reform with the goal of interrogating both the prospects and limits of these initiatives.

Decades of “tough on crime” policies have led to egregious levels of mass incarceration. Progressive prosecution has emerged as one of the ways to address this issue of mass incarceration and reform the prosecutorial policies. Proponents of this strategy commonly aim to harness prosecutorial power to reduce levels of incarceration generally and, more specifically, to reduce the racial and class inequalities of the criminal justice system by encouraging the increased use of prosecutorial discretion and limiting the number of people processed by the criminal courts.

Progressive prosecutors often seek to mitigate strained relationships between communities impacted by police misconduct, mass incarceration, and a plea-driven criminal justice system. These advocates imagine a way forward for a reformed prosecutorial culture that is less punitive. Some may view this approach as inherently antithetical to roles prosecutors have often played. Perspectives on this changing nature of prosecution and its potential impact serve as a focal point of the symposium.

As progressive prosecution is at the forefront of approaches to criminal justice reform, the UC Hastings community looks forward to providing a venue for a deeper scholarly inquiry into this legal and institutional shift.


Symposium Agenda (Subject to change)

8:30 to 9 a.m. Check-in/Breakfast

9 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
– Editor-in-Chief and Symposium Editor
– Chancellor & Dean David Faigman

9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Introduction by Tatiana Herschelikowicz and Chris Johnson – From the Perspective of those Impacted
– Jamal Trulove, Actor, Artist, Producer

9:30 to 10 a.m. Keynote Address: The Roots of Progressive Prosecution
– Introduction by Professor Hadar Aviram
– Keynote by Professor John Pfaff, Fordham University School of Law

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Panel 1: Progressive Prosecutors Through the Lens of Practitioners
– Moderator: Professor Kate Bloch
– McGregor Scott, US Attorney Eastern District of CA
– Chesa Boudin, San Francisco District Attorney
– Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney
– Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland

11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speakers
– Moderator: Professor Mai Linh Spencer
– Professor Paul Butler, Georgetown University Law Center
– Diana Becton, Contra Costa County District Attorney

1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Panel 2: Prospects and Limitations of Progressive Prosecution
– Moderator: Professor Rory Little
– Professor Angela J. Davis, American University, Washington College of the Law
– Professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Yale Law School
– Professor Mona Lynch, University of California, Irvine College of the Law

2:45 to 3 p.m. Break

3 to 3:30 p.m. Panel 3 Introduction and Skype
– Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney

3:30 to 5 p.m. Panel 3: Politics and Money of Progressive Prosecution
– Moderator: Professor Hadar Aviram
– Udi Ofer, ACLU
– Professor Kay Levine, Emory Law School
– Miriam Krinsky, Fair and Just Prosecution
– Marc Levin, Right on Crime

5 p.m. Closing Remarks

5 p.m. Reception

Please click here to register. This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Faculty Advisors

Professor Hadar Aviram, Professor Kate Bloch, Professor Rory Little, and Professor Mai Linh Spencer

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