Lecture: Prison abolition, and a mule


October 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way
California 94704

Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center, will discuss what would replace prisons, how people who cause harm could be dealt with in the absence of incarceration, and why abolition would make everyone safer and our society more just.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Read more about this lecture at https://gradlectures.berkeley.edu/lecture/prison-abolition-mule

The Bancroft hotel is wheelchair accessible.

Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a legal analyst on MSNBC. He frequently consults on issues of race and criminal justice. His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News. Butler lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the United States.

Professor Butler is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. He holds an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from City University of New York. Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a United States Senator, three FBI agents, and several law enforcement officials. He currently serves on the District of Columbia Code Revision Commission as an appointee of the D.C. City Council. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003.

Butler’s most recent book Chokehold: Policing Black Men, published in July 2017, was named one of the 50 best non-fiction books of 2017 by The Washington Post. The New York Times described Chokehold as the best book on criminal justice reform since The New Jim Crow. It was a finalist for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction.


In 1944, the Jefferson Memorial Fund was established by the will of Elizabeth Bonestell in her name and the name of her husband, Cutler L. Bonestell, for the study and promotion of a loyal and enlightened adherence by young people to the basic principles of American democracy as embodied
in the Constitution. The fund supports an annual series of lectures on topics concerned with Jefferson or his times, with the development of the American governmental system, or with civil liberties and the Jeffersonian tradition.


This lecture is also part of UC Berkeley’s commemorative events spotlighting African American history after the passage of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act.
Learn more at https://400years.berkeley.edu.


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