"Law and Justice: Issues of Consequence; From Black Lives Matter to Voting Rights"
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
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9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Black Lives Matter: Assessing the Movement
A conversation with activists involved with and journalists covering the Black Lives Matter movement. What is the state of the Black Lives Matter movement today, four years after the death of Trayvon Martin and two years after the death of Michael Brown? Are stories being told which accurately portray the experience of being black in America? Are we reporting substantively on the ongoing tension between law enforcement and some in the black community? Do athletes and entertainers speaking out change the dialogue in any way? What is missing from the discussion? What more can we learn from our most recent past?
Chelsea Fuller, Communications, The Advancement Project
Wesley Lowery, Washington Post
Yolanda Young, Esq., Publisher Lawyers of Color Media & Power & Influence Editor, Rolling Out
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
21st Century Policing and Policing Reform
One of the byproducts of the Black Lives Matter has been a sustained conversation about policing in America and the need for policing reform. On the one hand there is the need for police to have an ability to use aggressive measures to keep communities safe, but how is this done without officers going over the line? We hear firsthand from the head of a major police department. When officers seemingly go over the line, how then do prosecutors respond? How do police departments and prosecutor’s offices work hand in hand when sometimes due to circumstances they become adversaries? How then do you have a system, which protects citizens and supports officers? We hear from several veteran prosecutors about ensuring justice in our communities.
Aaron Morrison, Reporter, Mic
Police Chief Anthony Holloway, St. Petes Beach Florida
Melba Pearson, Miami-Dade States Attorney’s Office
Paul Butler, Professor, Georgetown Law Center
April Frasier-Camara, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
Remarks from the President
Sarah Glover, President, NABJ
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Professional Development Luncheon: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System - Powered by the Campaign for Youth Justice
Over the last decade, a number of states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. The shift is a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the 1980s and 1990s. The new laws stem from concerns about teenage suicides in adult jails and new research showing that young people held in adult courts are more likely to be repeat offenders than juveniles not held in adult jails. Youth of color particularly are disproportionately impacted by this practice. Pervasive racial discrimination at all levels of the criminal justice system has relegated record numbers of youth of color to lengthy jail and prison terms and the loss of their most basic civil rights. This session will discuss how journalists can learn more about ill-conceived juvenile justice policies that disproportionately impact children of color and generate potential story ideas that can highlight both challenges and solutions.
Marcy Mistrett, CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice
Ed McCurty, Forensic Social Worker, DC Public Defender Sevrice
Marcus Bullock, Founder of Flikshop and the Flikshop School of Business, Advocate
Jabriera Handy, Student & Advocate
Julekya Williams, Reporter, The Atlantic
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
There are very real consequences faced by those who have been convicted of a crime. Yet, a very real goal of the criminal justice system is to rehabilitate ex-offenders and return them to being engaged law-ambiding contributors to society, who do not have an incentive to commit future crimes. Collateral consequences vary by state and state sanctions also differ from federal sanctions. Still the wide-ranging sanctions can affect one’s ability to get a job, own a business, buy a home, finance their education and whether or not after completing their sentence one can vote. Problems with reentry have been highlighted by President Barack Obama’s commitment to criminal justice reform signified by his significant commitment to granting requests for clemency. The impact of collateral consequences has also been highlighted by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s promise to restore voting rights to thousands of ex-offenders in his state. So what should we know about collateral consequences and criminal justice reform?
Christopher Nelson, NBC Universal
Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal
James E. Felman, Kynes Markman and Felman
Partner at Hogan Lovells
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The ability to vote is central to a healthy democracy, a fundamental right for citizens, and an important responsibility. For years those from underrepresented backgrounds: women and people of color most noticeably fought for the right to vote. Over the course of the last few weeks, federal courts across the country have struck down state laws which made it more difficult for people to vote. In a presidential election year especially making the voting process more difficult could have a definite impact on voter turnout. Why is this such an important issue? What and how should journalists be reporting on voting rights cases and Decision 2016?
Melanie Eversley, Breaking News Reporter, USA Today
Charles Robinson, Reporter, Maryland Public Television
Judge Bernice B. Donald, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice
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