Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records

October 19, 2012 | 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
2012 Minnesota Justice Forum


People with criminal records face a daunting array of formal and informal barriers on completion of their sentences. The 2012 Minnesota Justice Forum — held Friday, Oct. 19, at the University of Minnesota Law School — focused on obstacles facing ex-offenders in Minnesota as they try to find jobs and rebuild their lives. Participants at the daylong public event discussed the current state of the law; the rationales given in support of collateral sanctions; their impacts on ex-offenders, their families, and the community; and proposals to reform the system. The Robina Institute sponsored the event along with the Council on Crime and Justice and the law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

Building on the Friday public event, a small advisory group of prosecutors, defenders, judges, corrections officials and other gathered at the University of Minnesota Law School on Saturday morning to discuss specific proposals for legislative reform.

AGENDA

FRIDAY, OCT. 19
8:45-9 a.m.   Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Judge Pam Alexander, Council on Crime and Justice
    Michael Smith, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
9-9:45 a.m.   An Overview of the Issues
    Cecelia Klingele, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:45-11 a.m.   The Rationale Behind Collateral Sanctions
    Hugh LaFollette, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    Jerry Kerber, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    Julie Melander Holmes, Human Resources Consultant, Trusight
    Antony Duff, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
11:15-12:30   Impacts on Individuals and Communities
    Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota Sociology Department
    Josh Page, University of Minnesota Sociology Department
1:30-3:15 p.m.   Collateral Consequences and Sentencing
    Margaret Colgate Love, ABA Collateral Consequences Project
    Robert Tennessen, Minnesota commissioner to the National Conference on Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
    Lindsay Davis, private licensing and expungement attorney
    John Stuart, Minnesota State Public Defender
3:30-4 p.m.   Pathways to Recovery
    Dan Cain and residents, RS Eden, Minneapolis
4-5 p.m.   Reentry and Redemption
    Michael Pinard, University of Maryland
    Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel, “From Death to Life,” Minneapolis

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