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April 16, 2007

Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu, or Stefanie Collins, The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, stfcollins@yahoo.com.

Symposium Features Discussion on Civil Rights and the Prison System, April 17

AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights presents its annual symposium, “Re-examining Incarceration: A Discussion on Civil Rights and the Prison System,” on Tuesday, April 17, at The University of Texas School of Law.

The event, which is free and open to the public, features a critical discussion of civil rights issues surrounding incarcerated persons in Texas. For maps and directions go to: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/

The event begins at noon in the Charles I. Frances Auditorium (TNH 2.114) with a catered lunch and special guest speaker Kerry Max Cook, the author of Chasing Justice, who was exonerated after spending two decades on Texas’ death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Cook’s long struggle for freedom and exoneration is said to be the result of one of the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct in American history. He will tell his story.

Lunch is provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP for lunch to tjclcr@law.utexas.edu.

Two panels will follow in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom, one discussing the state of juvenile justice in Texas and the second discussing how civil society can work to effect change within the Texas prison system. They include: