Event Calendar

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Punishment Bureaucracy

Start Date: 10/31/2019 12:30 PM EDT
End Date: 10/31/2019 1:30 PM EDT


Organization Name: NAPD

Contact:
Jeanie Vela
Email: jeanie.vela@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

The Punishment Bureaucracy

October 31, 2019, 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Alec Karakatsanis

About the Webinar:    Alec will discuss his new book, Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System, in which he argues that the "criminal justice reform" movement is at a dangerous moment. Alec criticizes "progressive prosecutors" and many other "reforms" that are simply means of reinforcing what he calls the Punishment Bureaucracy to continue the same oppression with new labels. Alec talks about the role of public defenders in making radical systemic changes.

About the Faculty: 

Alec is the founder of Civil Rights Corps. Before founding Civil Rights Corps, Alec was a civil rights lawyer and public defender with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and a federal public defender in Alabama.

Alec was awarded the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice for his role in bringing constitutional civil rights cases to challenge the American money bail system and the 2016 Stephen B. Bright Award for contributions to indigent defense in the South by Gideon’s Promise. Alec’s work at Civil Rights Corps challenging the money bail system in California was recently honored with the 2018 Champion of Public Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Alec is interested in ending human caging, surveillance, the death penalty, immigration laws, war, and inequality. He also likes playing the piano, soccer, and making weird paintings. He is the author of the book Usual Cruelty.