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WNEU School of Law to Sponsor Gender, Incarceration Symposium

SPRINGFIELD — On Friday, Oct. 14, the Western New England University School of Law will host a daylong symposium titled “Gender and Incarceration” in the Blake Law Center from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The symposium will feature an interdisciplinary discussion of issues facing incarcerated individuals, such as parental rights, treatment of transgender inmates, sexual-orientation-based segregation, sexual violence, pregnancy, solitary confinement, and the intersection of race and gender in confinement.

Presenters will include Professors Jen Manion from Amherst College, Gabriel Arkles from Northeastern University, Brenda Smith from Washington College of Law at American University, and Terry Kupers from the Wright Institute. Also presenting is Carol Strickman from Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Rachel Roth, author of Breaking Promises: Violations of the Massachusetts Pregnancy Standards and Anti-Shackling Law.

The symposium is sponsored by the Western New England Law Review and the Clason Speaker Series. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

The event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required, but RSVP is appreciated, by e-mailing [email protected].

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