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Women & Mass Incarceration:

The U.S. Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars

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September 22, 2015
12:00–4:00 p.m.

UC Irvine School of Law, Room EDU 1131 (map)

This Summit shines a light on U.S. mass incarceration, specifically illuminating the dramatic consequences in the lives of women and girls. Despite the U.S. incarcerating more women than anywhere else in the world, their plight is often overlooked. This summit turns to the missing narrative of women in prison, including failed drug war policies. It explores complex patterns that frame women’s subjugation to law enforcement and the extra-legal and collateral consequences of policing women, including felony disenfranchisement, loss of housing and the chilling impacts on their children.

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Keynote Speaker

Sue Ellen Allen
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Gina's Team
Author: Slumber Party From Hell

Featured Speakers

 Judge Pamela Alexander, Minnesota District Court
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Irvine School of Law
Nusrat Choudhury, ACLU
Lt. Jack Cole (Ret.), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Dr. Claire Coles, Emory University
Michele Bratcher Goodwin, UC Irvine School of Law
Dr. Carl Hart, Columbia University
Victoria Law, Freelance Writer and Editor
Dr. David Orentlicher, M.D., J.D., Indiana University
Linda L. Pence, Pence Hensel LLP.


  • 11:15 a.m. Lunch
  • 12:00 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
    Michele Goodwin
  • 12:05 p.m. Opening Keynote/Q&A
    Sue Ellen Allen
  • 12:45 p.m. PANEL: Mass Incarceration & The Drug War's Bad Science
    Dr. Claire Coles and Dr. Carl Hart
    Moderated by Dr. George Woods, M.D., President International Academy of Law and Mental Health
  • 1:30 p.m. PANEL: Racial Disparities & Mass Incarceration
    Jack Cole and Judge Pamela Alexander
    Moderated by Professor Henry Weinstein, Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race, UC Irvine School of Law
  • 2:15 p.m. PANEL: Women's Conditions Behind Bars: Health, Abuse and Death
    Dr. David Orentlicher, M.D., J.D. and Nusrat Choudhury
    Moderated by Professor Jane Stoever, Director, Domestic Violence Clinic,
    UC Irvine School of Law
  • 3:10 p.m. Closing Keynote Session
     Linda L. Pence, Erwin Chemerinsky and Victoria Law
    Moderated by Chancellor's Professor Michele Goodwin, Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

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Presented by the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law, co-sponsored by American Civil Liberties Union, UC Irvine School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, UC Irvine Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, Women In Leadership, League of Women Voters of Orange Coast, Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact
Crissandra Flores at or (949) 824-0941