Life in the Box: Youth in Solitary Confinement
LIFE IN THE BOX
YOUTH IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
9:30 A.M. - 7 P.M.
Moot Court Room, Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School
55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
WELCOME 9:30 - 10 A.M.
PANEL ONE 10:15 - 11:45 A.M.
Growing Up in Solitary: The Effects of
Extreme Isolation on Youth in New York's Prisons
This panel will provide the facts and justifications for placing youth in solitary confinement in New York's prisons. The speakers will examine the psychological, physical and developmental effects of extreme isolation on youth; identify groups that are disproportionately represented in solitary; and discuss the potential for reform in New York.
Jennifer J. Parish (Moderator), Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy,
Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project
Brian Fischer, Former Commissioner of NY State's Dept. of
Corrections and Community Supervision
Scott Paltrowitz, Correctional Association of New York
Commissioner Joseph Ponte, State of Maine, Department of Corrections
Dilcio Acosta, Criminal Justice Advocate, Urban Justice Center
Alisha Williams, Staff Attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
and the Director of SRLP's Prisoner Justice Project
PANEL TWO 2:15 - 3:45 P.M.
Juveniles in Solitary Confinement:
Rehabilitation or Torture?
The second panel will explore the uses of solitary confinement and the potential human rights violations associated with this practice. Panelists will discuss the international law and human rights violations, as well as consider testimony that has been presented before the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Inter-AmericanCommission on Human Rights and the U.S. Senate on the topic of solitary confinement in the U.S.
Michael Corradini (Moderator), Senior Program Associate,
Center on Immigration and Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
Amy Fettig, Senior Staff Counsel, American Civil
Liberties Union National Prison Project
Dr. Homer Venters, Attending Physician at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and Medical Director for NYC DOHMH at Rikers Island Jail
Ian Kysel, Dash/Muse Fellow with the Human Rights
Institute, Georgetown School of Law
Cynthia Soohoo, Director of the International Women's
Human Rights Clinic, CUNY Law School
KEYNOTE SPEAKER 4 - 5:15 P.M.
Five Omar Mualimmak, New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement Mr. Mualimmak spent 2,054 days in solitary confinement in Rikers Island. Listen to Mr. Mualimmak give a firsthand account of his time in solitary and discuss the physical, psychological and emotional impacts solitary had on him.
RECEPTION 5:15 - 7 P.M.
RSVP & QUESTIONS
Please send your RSVP and any questions to Symposium Editor Tara Pistilli at CJLGSymposium2014@gmail.com.