The Corporatization of Criminal Justice conference will include panel presentations and keynote speakers from across the nation and world consisting of scholars, attorneys and advocates working on the pressing issue of the role of private prisons in mass incarceration and immigration detention.

The conference seeks to address a broad range of questions, including how the profit-motive of private prison corporations influences the length and severity of sentences and availability of parole, how private prisons and mass incarceration disproportionately impact communities of color, and how private prisons contribute to social inequality and oppression.

This event will examine the corporatization of the criminal justice system writ large, examining prisons, parole, immigration detention, bail and probation.

This event will take place from 1:30–8:45 p.m. on Friday, April 14, at the Beus Center for Law and Society, room 650.


  • $149.99 — Alumni attorney
  • $249.99 — Non alumni attorney
  • $99.99 — Non attorney legal professional
  • Give what you want — non legal professional
  • Give what you want — community member
  • Give what you want — ASU law student
  • Give what you want — student


1:30 p.m..        Welcome

John Dacey, Executive Director, Abolish Private Prisons

1:45 p.m.         Opening Speaker

Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

2:30 p.m.         Panel I:  The Privatization of Mass Incarceration: The History, The Ills, Racial and Social Inequality

Moderator: Yvonne Lindgren, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of San Francisco [2017-2018]
Alex Friedmann, Associate Director, Human Rights Defense Center
Donald Tibbs, Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Yolanda Vázquez, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, Associate Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law

4:15 p.m.         Speaker

Gilad Barnea, Human Rights Attorney, Jersualem, Israel -Israel’s Exodus – The Annulment of Prisons Privatization (HCJ 2605/05, Academic Center of Law and Business, Human Rights Division v. Minister of Finance)

5:00 p.m.         Dinner Break

5:30 p.m.         Keynote Address Benjamin Jealous, Former President & CEO of the NAACP

6:30  p.m.        Panel II:  The Abolition of the Private Prison Industry: Safeguarding Civil, Human, and Constitutional Rights

Moderator: Paul Bender, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Hadar Aviram, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law
Rashad Shabazz, Professor, Arizona State University School of Social Transformation
andré douglas pond cummings, Professor of Law, Indiana Tech Law School

8:00 pm           Concluding Speaker

John Dacey, Executive Director, Abolish Private Prisons

8:45 p.m.         Closing Reception

Beus Center for Law and Society, room 650, Downtown Phoenix campus

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For More Information Contact:

Chris Marohn
ASU Law Continuing Legal Education Program