The Symposium, entitled “Criminalized Justice: Consequences of Punitive Policy,” will take a critical look at how our nation’s laws have been increasingly criminalized over the past 30 years, the negative consequences of this criminalization, and recent positive developments. We will explore this topic through a variety of subjects, including sentencing policy, immigration, homelessness, and race and social class.
The Honorable John Paul Stevens, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Ret.)
Introduced by Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami
Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney
Panel I: The Criminalization of Race and Poverty
This panel will examine how and why an individual is more likely to be targeted by police because of their race, social class, or where they live. We will discuss the cycle of crime and incarceration that this creates as well as possible solutions to this problem.
Moderator: Charlton Copeland, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Tristia Bauman, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Panel II: Sentencing Policy and Mass Incarceration
This panel will focus on the impact that the same trend of criminalization has had on incarceration. We hope to discuss the radicalization of punishment and the problems that has created in our country’s prison systems as well as the recent movement away from heavy sentencing.
Moderator: Rebekah J. Poston, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Franklin Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Douglas Berman, Robert J. Watkins/Proctor & Gamble Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Nicole Porter, The Sentencing Project
Panel III: The Criminalization of Immigration Law
Since the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in INS v. Lopez-Mendoza in 1984 categorizing immigration proceedings as civil in nature, the immigration laws and the ways in which they are enforced have become increasingly criminal. This panel will examine the issues that this criminalization has created and what procedural and substantive protections should be in place as a result.
Moderator: David Abraham, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Daniel Kanstroom, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Paromita Shah, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Allegra McLeod, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Panel IV: Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Mary Anne Franks, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law