Post Date: March 29, 2006

Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute and Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice will co-host a three-day conference entitled “Re-Thinking Re-Entry: Confronting Perpetual Punishment.”

A series of speakers and panel discussions will focus on issues of fairness, reducing sentencing disparaties, and ways to promote community reintegration for those emerging from the criminal justice system. The event — which is free and open to the public — will take place on the HLS campus March 30 – April 1, 2006.

“Recidivism is a major problem confronted by the criminal justice system,” said Soffiyah Elijah, deputy director of CJI. “It is essential that we re-examine the methods used and pathways for reintegration into society if the increase in recidivism is to be reversed.”

Speakers will bring expertise from a range of backgrounds and professional settings, including academia, political advocacy groups and government. Actor Charles Dutton will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, April 1.

Registration and additional information is available at the Re-Thinking Re-Entry website.