Professor Suzanne Last Stone has scheduled the upcoming academic presentations:
May 15, 2018 - Professor Alexander Reinert writes an op-ed in the Huffington Post on the need to end solitary confinement in jails throughout the country. He says that the courts will need play a big role in finding that solitary confinement violates the Eighth Amendment.
"Solitary confinement does not make prisons and jails safer for officers or incarcerated people, it does not prevent recidivism, and it violates Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment with appalling regularity. The public and some of our officials are coming around to this reality, but the judiciary ― tasked with interpreting fundamental constitutional rights ― has a critical role to play if our society is to reject this outdated form of torture."