Human Rights Held Captive: Perspectives on the Justice System Conference

Thursday February 7th - Saturday February 9th | Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater Room 2435 (map)

The University of Michigan student organization Human Rights Through Education (HRTE) is holding a conference exploring imprisonment of minorities, prison conditions, incarceration and sentencing, prisoner reentry and rehabilitation, the school-to-prison pipeline, the death penalty, and detention and torture on both domestic and international levels.

Guest speakers include: Shane Bauer - an investigative journalist detained in Iran from 2009 - 2011, William "Buzz" Alexander - founder of the Prison Creative Arts Project, and David Shapiro - attorney at the ACLU National Prison Project, among other speakers whose work focuses on the above topics.

There will be a film screening of "The Invisible War" and a theater workshop with Frannie Shepherd-Bates.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.


Once your child has been imprisoned for an addictive compulsive personality, you quickly realize how our system has become so negligent to the human rights for those of such unfortune. When I visit my grandchild, I fight to understand how we have become so backwards, without compassion and dissmissive to their real needs. Our prisons are full of highly intelligent and passionate criminals that need true health care

I really would have liked to attend the film screening