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Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

A conversation about criminal justice between Patrice Sulton, founder of DC Justice Lab & Matthew Clair, author of Privileg and Punishment.

About this event

In this edition of Entrepreneurial Appetite’s Black Book Discussions, we partner with the DC Justice Lab to bring you a conversation with Dr. Matthew Clair, author of Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court. This conversation will be facilitated by Patrice Sulton, the founder of the D.C. Justice Lab.

About the Author: Matthew Clair is an assistant professor of sociology at Stanford University, where he holds a courtesy appointment at Stanford Law School. He lives in Palo Alto, California. Twitter @mathuclair

About the Book: Matthew Clair weaves stories from hundreds of criminal defendants and officials in the Boston criminal court system to show how social injustice runs rampant. Privilege and Punishment offers an in-depth, humanizing look at how injustice operates within the courthouse and beyond and how to reform the system. In addition, Clair exposes how the relationship between client and attorney can help or hinder justice. Often those who have less are worse off, in many cases, because they do not know how to communicate with their attorneys.

The Facilitator: Patrice Sulton is an attorney, professor, and criminal justice reform advocate based in Washington, D.C. Her career is devoted to fundamentally changing how people think about whom we punish, why we punish, and how we punish. After working to advance racial justice in the courts and alongside grassroots movements for more than 15 years, Patrice founded DC Justice Lab to advance community-rooted public safety reforms. She envisions, writes, and fights for sweeping changes to American criminal laws and policies.

Patrice has represented clients in criminal and civil rights cases nationwide. In addition, she served on the District of Columbia’s Criminal Code Reform Commission (comprehensively rewriting D.C.’s criminal code), Police Reform Commission (recommending an overhaul of D.C.’s approach to public safety), and Jails & Justice Task Force (publishing a plan to decarcerate by half and bring D.C.’s residents home to a safe environment). Patrice also teaches Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy at The George Washington University Law School.

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