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Experts to discusss criminalization of the poor

03 March 2008

ATTENTION: News desks

Contact: Janet Gilmore
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.edu

"Whose Poverty? Whose Crime? Unlocking the Criminalization of Poverty," a two-day symposium being held by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law's Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

Educators, heads of non-profit organizations, journalists and legal scholars will gather to discuss such issues as the root causes of criminalization of the poor, laws and policies that criminalize the poor, media stereotypes of the poor, and steps that can be taken to address these issues. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the conference and its speakers, go to:

Thursday, March 6, noon to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 7, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday's events will take place at the law school's Booth Auditorium. Friday's events will take place at the law school's Goldberg Room. The UC Berkeley School of Law is at the northwest corner of Bancroft Way at Piedmont Avenue. See the campus map at: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/.

Participants will include Dorothy Roberts, law professor, Northwestern University School of Law; Lisa Gray-Garcia, executive director, San Francisco-based POOR Magazine; Martin Reynolds, managing editor, the Oakland Tribune; Mary Louise Frampton, faculty director, Henderson Center for Social Justice.


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