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U-M Carceral State Project Symposium Panel Discussions

The University of Michigan Carceral State Project’s 2018-19 symposium is a year of critical dialogue about criminal justice, policing, imprisonment, inequality, and what can be done about it.

The U-M Carceral State project is an interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together faculty, students, staff, and community members to examine, research, and advocate on issues related to mass incarceration, policing, immigration detention, and criminal justice. For more information about the Project, visit bit.ly/carceralstateproject.

The 2018-19 symposia are the first major events hosted by the University of Michigan Carceral State Project. Each instalment in the series brought together faculty, students, staff, and community members to interrogate a given theme related to mass incarceration, policing, immigration control, and criminal justice. These conversations will form the foundation of the Carceral State Project’s future activist, outreach and scholarly agenda.

The symposia consists of six roundtable discussions featuring five speakers addressing a given theme and discussing their own experiences and understandings of the carceral state. Critically, the symposia is committed to amplifying the voices of those most directly impacted by the carceral state as well as those actively working towards a more just future. Each roundtable is composed of local impacted communities including formerly incarcerated people, lawyers and social justice advocates, and community organizers.

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