The psychological harms, constitutional problems, and enormous economic and social costs that accompany a government’s decision to confine human beings in a small prison cell twenty-three hours per day. After situating the discussion of solitary confinement within the larger context of race and the criminal justice system, this symposium will pay particular attention to the state of solitary confinement in Michigan, where nearly 1,000 people are in administrative segregation. Drawing on successful reforms in Mississippi, the symposium will consider strategies to reduce or eliminate the practice in Michigan and beyond.
The symposium will be opened by keynote speaker James Forman, Jr. who is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. The symposium also has a great number of other distinguished panelists. The full list of panelists can be found here.
The schedule of events for the symposium is as follows:
8:30–9:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–9:45 AM Introductory Remarks
9:45–10:30 AM Keynote Address
10:30 AM–Noon Panel 1: Isolation and Mental Health
Noon–1:30 PM Lunch
1:30–3:00 PM Panel 2: Crisis in Michigan
3:00–3:15 PM Break
3:15–5:15 PM Panel 3: Strategies for Reform
5:15–5:30 PM Concluding Remarks
7:00–9:00 PM Alumni and Speakers’ Dinner*
*The deadline for registering for the dinner has already passed.