Women & Mass Incarceration: The U.S. Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1131

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This Summit shines a light on mass incarceration in the United States, 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.

The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy will also recognize attorney Linda L. Pence for her courageous work in the defense of Bei Bei Shuai, and her efforts to advance reproductive justice and the dignity of women. Full Event Schedule (PDF) here >

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.

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Featured Speakers

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    Erwin Chemerinsky

    UC Irvine School of Law
    Founding Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law
  • Michele Goodwin

    Michele Goodwin

    UC Irvine School of Law
    Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

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    Sue Ellen Allen

    Gina’s Team, Co-founder and Executive Director
    Author: The Slumber Party From Hell

  • Image of Pamela Alexander

    Judge Pamela G. Alexander

    District Court Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Minnesota
  • Dr. George Woods

    Dr. George W. Woods, Jr.

    International Academy of Law and Mental Health

  • Image of Jack Cole

    Jack Cole

    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
    Founding Member, Retired State Police Lieutenant

  • Image of Linda Pence

    Linda L. Pence

    Pence Hensel LLP, Attorney

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    Claire Coles, Ph.D.

    Emory University
    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics
    Director, Maternal Substance Abuse & Child Development Program

  • Image of Carl Hart

    Carl Hart, Ph.D.

    Columbia University
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Author: High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society
  • Image of Nusrat Choudhury

    Nusrat Choudhury, Esq.

    American Civil Liberties Union
    Staff Attorney for the Racial Justice Program

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    Victoria Law

    Author: Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

  • Image of David Orentlicher

    David Orentlicher

    Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law
    Co-Director, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health