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Tomorrow: Ninth Circuit Oral Argument in Important Felon Voting Rights Case

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 21, the Ninth Circuit will hear oral argument in Farrakhan v. Gregoire, an important case that could affect the voting rights of prisoners in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and Arizona. Back in January, a split Ninth Circuit panel ruled that, in Washington State, “minorities are more likely than whites to be searched, arrested, detained, and ultimately prosecuted,” and that, because “some people becom[e] felons not just because they have committed a crime, but because of their race, then that felon status cannot, under section 2 of the [Voting Rights Act], disqualify felons from voting.” Washington State appealed for en banc review, which is what tomorrow’s proceeding will be.

The proceedings will be broadcast live at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST on C-SPAN 3 available on C-SPAN 3 at a later time.* If you are in or near San Francisco, you could also attend the hearing in person — it’s scheduled for 1:30 PM in the Ninth Circuit courthouse at Mission and 7th. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None are organizing a group to attend — here’s the flyer (.doc file).

* EDIT: When I first visited the NAACP LDF case page, it suggested there would be a live broadcast, but it looks like they’ve since edited the page to reflect otherwise.

Upcoming Event (Tomorrow): Bipartisan Press Conference on Prison Rape Elimination Standards

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Pat Nolan (courtesy Prison Fellowship)

Pat Nolan’s Prison Fellowship, Just Detention International, and a host of co-sponsors ranging from the ACLU to Focus on the Family will unveil a joint letter to Attorney General Eric Holder tomorrow, Tuesday, August 17, at the National Press Club at 10 AM (Eastern time), urging Holder to formally adopt the standards proposed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Thought I’d pass this along to my media readers, as there will be opportunities for on-site interviews with representatives from the coalition, left and right.

Upcoming Event: NASC 2010 on the Alabama Gulf Coast

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The National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) will hold its 2010 conference this August 8-10 in Point Clear, Alabama, which is on the Mobile Bay. Registration info available here. (h/t: Doug Berman)

I had the opportunity to attend some sessions of the 2008 NASC conference in San Francisco and can attest that it’s an informative, thought-provoking event that attracts a wide range of criminal justice professionals from around the country. And based on many childhood vacations, I can also attest that the Alabama Gulf Coast region is a very nice place to visit! (Although it has tragically been hit hard by the BP oil spill.) The conference agenda is available here; the theme is “Sound Sentencing Policy: Balancing Justice and Dollars”:

This year’s conference will offer plenaries, workshops and roundtable discussions on issues relating to sentencing practices and the hurdles sentencing commissions and criminal justice officials must overcome during these times of shrinking budgets and scarce resources, as well as innovative ways that states have faced these challenges. Welcoming the conference attendees will be Alabama’s Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, Federal Circuit Judge, Bill Pryor, former Attorney General of Alabama and leader in establishing Alabama’s Sentencing Commission, and Commission Chair, Retired Circuit Judge Joe Colquitt, Beasley Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law.

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July 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Upcoming Event: Prison-related Panels at ACS 2010

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This weekend, the American Constitution Society will hold its national convention in Washington, D.C. Almost all the panels could bear on prison/jail issues in some way, and certainly on broader concerns of criminal law, procedure, and punishment. That said, if you’re planning to attend and are especially interested in prison/jail issues, watch out for these panels:

Friday, June 18

  • 2010 Census and Redistricting — perhaps the discussion will touch on prison-based gerrymandering?
  • Access to Federal Courts after Iqbal and Twombly
  • Immigration Reform: Congress and the States

Saturday, June 19

  • Detainees and Justice: Military Commissions vs. Trials within the Federal Court System
  • The Federal Role in Improving Indigent Criminal Defense

Upcoming Event: New York State Prisoner Justice Conference

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The New York State Prisoner Justice Conference, scheduled for Saturday, March 27, in Albany, N.Y., will bring together activist organizations and individuals from throughout the Empire State to share ideas and plan collaborations. Click the link above for more information or to register. So far the list of participating organizations looks like a great line-up, including the Bronx Defenders, the Legal Aid Society, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Prison Policy Initiative, as well as a slew of smaller organizations.

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February 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Upcoming Event: Patrice Gaines at Carleton College

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For any readers who might be in Minnesota, Carleton College has announced that journalist Patrice Gaines will speak this Friday, Feb. 26, on the topic “How We Can All Be Free: Prison Reform in the 21st Century.” Gaines brings a unique perspective to prison reform both as a former prisoner herself, and as a former Washington Post reporter who investigated the criminal justice system.

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February 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Event This Weekend: Stanford Law Review Symposium on State Constitutions

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I may not be posting too much this weekend as I will be attending the Stanford Law Review Symposium on State Constitutions, ably organized by my classmate and friend Mark Gaber. Although the program does not touch directly on prison/jail issues, I expect that today’s panel on “California: A Constitution in Crisis” and the keynote address by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George may raise interesting issues related, whether directly or indirectly, to California’s ongoing prison woes. I’m also looking forward to tomorrow’s panel on judicial elections, of which former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been a vocal critic. The symposium will be live-tweeted at

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February 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

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