Top Experts Discuss Prison System 40 Years after Attica Prison Uprising


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Washington DC, October 17, 2011
-- Forty years after the Attica prison uprising, American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will hold a lunchtime discussion noting the anniversary of the event. In 1971, an uprising by prison inmates of the Attica Correctional Facility located in New York resulted in one of the most violent prison conflicts in U.S. history. The program Tuesday, Oct. 18 will feature a panel of top experts who will address issues such as prison reform, privatization, and prisoner rights post-Attica.

40 Years after Attica
Tuesday, Oct. 18th, Noon-1:20 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Room 603

Panelists include:

Herman Schwartz, professor of law, Washington College of Law
During the inmate uprising Professor Schwartz served as the first intermediary between the prisoners and the prison administration, and represented numerous prisoners thereafter, founded the ACLU Prison Project and argued two cases in the Supreme Court relating to prisoners’ rights.

Ira Robbins, professor of law and justice, Washington College of Law
Professor Robbins is an expert in prisoners' rights and the privatization of prisons and jails, and has served as the reporter for the American Bar Association's Task Force on Privatization of Corrections. He is the author/editor of Prisoners and the Law (Thomson/Reuters, six volumes, 2011).

Hadar Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Washington College of Law, will moderate the event.

For more information, visit the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law website.


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