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California's Prison Crisis
Sara Mayeux will give an overview of the crisis, especially the key role of California's distinctive sentencing and parole laws, and an update on the litigation. Sara Mayeux '05 is a joint JD and American history PhD candidate at Stanford University.

With about 160,000 inmates in its 33 adult prisons, California has the largest prison system in the country. It is also one of the most shockingly overcrowded, operating at nearly 200% of capacity. The former head of the Texas corrections department toured the California prisons and said they were "truly appalling" -- he had "never seen anything like it." This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear California's appeal in the ongoing litigation over inadequate health care in the prison system (which is directly related to the overcrowding problem). In this talk, Sara Mayeux will give an overview of the crisis, especially the key role of California's distinctive sentencing and parole laws, and an update on the litigation. She will also discuss outgoing Governor Schwarzenegger's record on prison reform and what we might expect from either a Jerry Brown or a Meg Whitman administration. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Sara Mayeux '05 is a joint JD and American history PhD candidate at Stanford University. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on the history of crime, criminal law, and punishment in 20th century America. While at Stanford, she has co-founded an interdisciplinary graduate student workshop on the prison system; advised first-year law students as a Public Interest Fellow; interned with two public defender's offices; and traveled to Harvard Law School to conduct archival research as the inaugural Morris Cohen Fellow in legal history.?A native of Atlanta, Ga., Sara majored in history at Princeton, where she wrote her thesis on African-American involvement in the 1930s antifascist movement.

This will be Thursday October 14 at the law offices of Duane Morris LLP at One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 2200 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. It is near  the Embarcadero BART station. Please RSVP to David Marshak '66 marshak.david@att.net        

 

Event Information
EVENT DATE:
Thursday, Oct 14 2010 at 6:00pm [ iCal ]
LOCATION:
Duane Morris LLP at One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 2200
Market Spear
San Francisco, CA

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