Center for Social Justice Presents Conference on the War on Crime
Kamala Harris, San Francisco's district attorney, delivered The Honorable Mario G. Olmos '71 Law and Cultural Diversity Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 21, to a full house at Boalt's Booth Auditorium. The lecture wrapped up the first day of a three-day symposium "After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy and a New Reconstruction."
Harris's talk, "Giving Meaning to Justice," was followed by presentations from Boalt Professor Angela Harris and former state Senator Tom Hayden. Earlier in the day, a panel discussion moderated by Boalt Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., addressed how the media covers crime and punishment.
The conference, which ran through Saturday, October 23, featured panels by a diverse group of scholars, policy experts and community activists. They explored how the war on crime has drastically transformed society, and proposed creative responses to the devastating impacts. Discussions approached the war on crime in terms of race, community, politics and reconstruction strategies. A roundtable session examined proposals for constructing a healthier society. The symposium was the first in a series of collaborations on the subject by lawyers, academics and community organizers.
For more details about this event, please see the Center for Social Justice's website.