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Michigan Law Symposium on the Criminalization of Poverty


The Michigan Journal of Race & Law presents, “Innocent Until Proven Poor: Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty” Symposium.

Day 1: Keynote: Vanita Gupta, (Asst. Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice)

Day 2: Keynote: Sarah Geraghty, (Managing Attorney, Impact Litigation, Southern Center for Human Rights)

The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners from multiple perspectives to explore the interaction between poverty and the criminal legal system and strategize solutions. Issues include: aggressive policing of poor neighborhoods, prosecutorial discretion, legal categorization of crimes, debtors’ prisons, excessive bail, civil asset forfeiture, court fees and fines, and collateral consequences. In addition to keynotes and panels, the symposium will engage attendees in skill-building workshops.


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