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Congressional Black Caucus
Community Re-Investment Taskforce.

SYMPOSIUM:  Rethinking Federal Sentencing Policy

"Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Sentencing Reform Act"

Sponsored by:  Harvard and Yale Law Schools.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009, 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center,

Orientation Theater South,

Washington, DC.




Participants include:


Hon. Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice

Supreme Court of the United States


Eric Holder, Jr., Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice


Kate Stith, Dean

Yale Law School


Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Executive Director

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice

Harvard Law School

Welcome and Opening remarks by

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)
Rep. Danny Davis (IL)
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY) 

Welcome and Introduction of Attorney General
Rep. John Conyers (MI)  

Remarks by

Eric Holder, Attorney General 
U.S. Department of Justice | WATCH VIDEO  

Introduction of Justice Stephen Breyer by
 Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Executive Director 

Remarks by

Hon. Stephen Gerald Breyer  
Supreme Court of the United States | WATCH VIDEO

 Kate Smith, Acting Dean, Yale Law School

 

Panels:

                            Mandatory Minimums

Panel One: Rep. Maxine Waters (CA.) History of Mandatory Minimums 

  • Nancy Gertner, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts 
  • Hon. J. Spencer Letts, Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California 
  • Eric Sterling, President, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.

                            The Need for Repeal

Panel Two: Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) the need for repeal including legislative update

  • A.J. Kramer, Federal Defender, Federal Public Defender of the District of Columbia 
  • Julie Stewart, President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums 
  • Marc Mauer, Executive Director, Sentencing Project 
  • Margaret Love, Former Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice 

                            Disparity between Crack and Powder Cocaine

Panel Three: Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX) 

  • Hon. Reggie B. Walton, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 
  • Hon. William Sessions, Vice Chairman, U.S. Sentencing Commission 
  • Bruce Nicholson, Legislative Counsel, American Bar Association 
  • David Kirby, Former United States Attorney for the District of Vermont  
     

                            Good Time, Community Corrections and Re-Entry

Panel Four: Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL) 

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  • Hon. Ann Aiken, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court of the District of Oregon
  • Loretta S. Martin, Chief Probation Officer for the Central District of California 
  • Harley G. Lappin, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Jane Browing, Executive Director, International Community Corrections Association
  • Kirsten Mamer, Director of Public Affairs, FedCURE
  • Patricia K. Cushwa, Commssioner, U.S. Parole Commission.
SYMPOSIUM CONTACT INFORMATION:
 
Bernard Moore, Ph.D., Senior Policy Fellow
Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis
Phone:  202.360.7551
 
 
 
 
 

Press:  ABC, NBC, CNN (Covering Highlights) & FedCURE News (Taped gavel to gavel coverage, plus exclusive follow up interviews with the nation's top CJR policy makers).

VIDEO: To obtain video footage of this event and or fees for video production, contact FedCURE at: http://www.fedcure.org/contact.shtml

 
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