Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MCLE Credits TBA
Race, Slavery and Mass Incarceration
We all know that the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery, but few of us have really concentrated on the language employed. Section 1 reads: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except in the punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." The exception for punishment for a crime began a second institution of slavery, and is acknowledged as a basis for the mass incarceration of people of color within our country. The award winning film, "13th" by Ava DuVernay, will be shown in its entirety. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by ABA President Hilarie Bass, exploring the issues of mass incarceration, implicit bias, wrongful conviction, fines and fees, and systemic litigation to counteract all of the factors which have resulted in the incarceration of so many men and women of color.
The showing of the movie is free to all.