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Special Event

Advancing Justice for the Federally Incarcerated

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
McCollum Hall Room: Auditorium
1875 N 42nd St
Lincoln NE 68503
Additional Info: LAW
Katie Pfannenstiel,
This symposium, brought together by the Nebraska Law Review, is a platform for timely and informed discussion, collaboration, and exchanges of ideas between law professors, attorneys, judges, affected persons, and journalists to shed light on critical aspects of the federal prison system and the way in which the system impacts the people in its custody. Our symposium consists of a keynote address and three discussion panels, each offering an exploration of many of the issues surrounding federal incarceration, from the pre-incarceration phase to conditions within prisons to strategies for holding state actors and systems accountable.

1:10-2:10 p.m.
Pre-Incarceration Panel: What happens before a person is committed to the custody of the federal government? How is the federal pre-incarceration phase different from the pre-incarceration stage on the state level? This panel will delve into the various aspects of the pre-incarceration phase on the federal level, examining the challenges individuals face when they are indicted. Panelists will explore the roles of key stakeholders, such as affected persons, judges, US Attorneys, and federal public defenders.

2:20-3:20 p.m.
Conditions of Confinement Panel: What sorts of confinement conditions do prisoners face at the federal level? This panel will address the conditions experienced by prisoners within the federal incarceration system. Topics of interest include the examination of prison infrastructure, the provision of healthcare, mental health support, educational opportunities, and the impact of overcrowding.

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Prison Accountability and Performance Measures Panel: How are state actors and systems held accountable for their treatment of people in their custody? This panel will highlight the various efforts being undertaken by the legal field, organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure accountability within the federal prison system. Panelists will discuss strategies to address systemic issues, promote rehabilitation, and protect the rights and dignity of incarcerated individuals.

This program has been certified for 3.0 continuing education credits.

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