December Criminal Justice Events

December Criminal Justice Events

We keep hearing about criminal justice events. So, if you have time amidst finals and preparing for the holidays, check out these events:

Professor Jeffrey Fagan (Columbia Law School), “Policing, Dignity and the Harm Principle – The Case of Stop and Frisk”

part of the Dean’s Seminar Series on Incarceration and Public Health.
Thursday, Dec. 12 — 12:00-1:30pm in Hess Commons; Mailman School of Public Health (722 West 168th St.)
Please RSVP to Chelsea Davis (


Dec 12th Policing ConferenceCommunities, Police Practitioners, and Researchers in Conversation about: Alternatives for Safe, Respectful and Effective Policing: Ideas, Evidence, Past and Existing Practices

Part II of the Alternatives to Stop and Frisk Conference Series

Thursday, December 12, from 6-9pm in Room 630T in Haaren Hall (899 Tenth Ave.) — John Jay, CUNY

Sponsored by: The Center on Race, Crime and Justice, JJC and the Center for Policing Equity, UCLA.

Please RSVP to


Incarceration Generation

Thursday, December 12, 2013 — 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Brennan Center for Justice — 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor; New York, NY 10013

Featuring: Neill Franklin (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), Julie Stewart (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), Emily Tucker (Center for Popular Democracy).

Moderated by: Marc Schindler, Justice Policy Institute.

Introductory remarks by: John Kowal, Brennan Center for Justice

Incarceration Generation, a powerful new book of essays published by the Justice Policy Institute, details the rise of mass incarceration over the last forty years, bringing together commentary from 21 researchers and advocates to highlight the specific populations affected by mass incarceration, as well as the different aspects of our practice and procedures that propel these populations into the justice system. Join the Brennan Center for Justice and the Justice Policy Institute for a candid and engaging discussion with three of the volume’s authors, as they share their perspectives on the impacts and unintended consequences mass incarceration has on our nation.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by The Brennan Center for Justice and the Justice Policy Institute.

RSVP by clicking here.

Dr. Carl Fisher (Department of Psychiatry, NYSPI)  “Neuroscience and Punishment: The Use and Influence of Functional Brain Imaging in Capital Trials”

part of the CPRC Incarceration Working Group Series
Friday, Dec. 13 — 11:30am-12:30pm in room 932 — Mailman School of Public Health (722 West 168th St.)
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Pascual Carpenter – Petition, Press Conference, Film Screening.

The Petition:


The Family and Supporters of Pascual Carpenter, the Unarmed Lookout for the Infamous Murder of Brian Watkins, will Bring Petitions to NY Governor’s office,
Monday, December 16th, 2:00 p.m.

Press Conference to be held in front of the Governor’s office, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Marlene Smith (mother of Pascual Carpenter who is serving a life sentence for his role in the murder of Brian Watkins), other family members, and supporters have been gathering signatures to support an Executive Clemency request filed in 2009 with an Addendum filed in 2012.

The delegation will be delivering signatures to Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his office in Manhattan.

“I am asking Governor Cuomo to please give my son a second chance,” said Smith in an interview with independent filmmaker Deirdre Sinnott. “He has proven himself to be a wonderful man. I am praying, by God, that one day he will have his freedom.”

The Film: 

Carpenter is the subject of a short documentary: 23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough about the case, his rehabilitation, and the highly criticized Felony-Murder Rule under which he and the other six defendants were convicted.

The documentary is on-line at and will premiere in New York City on Thursday, December 19th at 260 West 36th Street, Third Floor, at 7:30 p.m.

The documentary 23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough: Clemency for Pascual Carpenter is a short film about one of the defendants in the 1990 subway homicide of Utah tourist Brian Watkins. It’s explains the case, the political uproar that led to many abuses of the criminal justice system, Pascual’s transformation, and the much-criticized Felony-Murder rule under which he was sentenced.

For more information about the press conference or to register for a press pass for the premiere call 607-527-0451 or




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