Hoffinger Criminal Justice Forum: February 28: Sharon Dolovich “Incarceration American Style”

Please join faculty members from NYU and neighboring institutions, policymakers, and practitioners on Tuesday, February 28  for the Hoffinger Criminal Justice Forum at 7:45 p.m. in Lipton Hall.  Our speaker will be Sharon Dolovich, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law.  Her talk is titled “Incarceration American Style.”

Sharon Dolovich is a national expert on the constitutional law of prisons.  Her research focuses on the law, policy, and theory of prisons and punishment, and she teaches courses on prison law, criminal law, and the Eighth Amendment.  She recently published a fascinating empirical study of the LA County Jail’s practice of segregating vulnerable prisoners for their own protection, and has undertaken a critical examination of Eighth Amendment doctrine as it applies to prison sentences and prison conditions. Professor Dolovich has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  She has testified before both the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.  She served as a consultant during the settlement phase of Johnson v. California, 543 U.S. 499 (2005) (the U.S. Supreme Court case concerning racial segregation in the California prisons) and an expert witness in a recent challenge to the policy of racially segregated lockdown in the California prisons.  Dolovich also created and co-edits the SSRN journal Corrections & Sentencing Law & Policy Abstracts.

We hope to see you at this or future colloquia.  A full list of presentations in the series is available at http://crimejustice.law.nyu.edu/hoffinger-forum/.


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