CACL and NYU Law Review Symposium

Prisoners of Politics






On October 21, 2019, the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law and the NYU Law Review jointly held the Symposium, “Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration” in Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall. Watch the videos here:

Keynote Address by Shon Hopwood, Georgetown University Law Center
First Panel: Fixing the Broken Politics of Criminal Justice Reform

Moderator: Josie Duffy Rice, the Appeal


  • Katherine Bennett, University of Washington
  • Scott Colom, Sixteenth Circuit Court, Mississippi
  • Shon Hopwood, Georgetown University Law Center
Second Panel: Prosecutors and Criminal Justice Reform

Moderator: I. Bennett Capers, Brooklyn Law School


  • Sherry Boston, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, Georgia
  • Rahsaan D. Hall, ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Justine Olderman '98, Bronx Defenders
Third Panel: Inviting in Experts: Getting “Smart” on Crime

Moderator: Sandra G. Mayson '09, University of Georgia School of Law


  • W. David Ball, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Kay Knapp, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Judge Patti B. Saris, District of Massachusetts
Fourth Panel: Who Wears the Robe? Judges and Criminal Justice Reform

Moderator: David Patton, Federal Defenders of New York


  • Alec Karakatsanis, Civil Rights Corps
  • Judge Bridget M. McCormack '91, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Closing Remarks by Rachel Barkow, NYU Law