Plata: 10 Years After and its Impact

September 23, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

2021 marks 10 years since the Supreme Court decided the landmark Brown v. Plata case, which has had lasting impacts to California's entire criminal legal system. This decision upheld a 3 judge panel's order forcing California to relieve overcrowding within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), which was determined to be a source of 8th amendment violations due to substandard mental health and healthcare treatment for incarcerated people in California prisons. The Plata decision resulted in the release of tens of thousands of people from California's state prisons, planned improvements to the mental health and healthcare services across CDCR prisons, and had major policy implications namely AB 109 or "realignment," which has continuing impacts on California counties including in Los Angeles County and to the Los Angeles County Jail. 

Join us on Thursday September 23rd, for this exciting and informative panel which will includes the attorneys who worked on Plata, and the consolidated Coleman case, along with local advocates and directly impacted people to discuss the impact of this decision.

Panelists are:

Michael Bien, co-founding partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld

Steve Fama, Prison Law Office

Andreya Garcia-Ponce De Leon, San Bernardino Free Them All

James King, Ella Baker Center

Moderated by Professor Sharon Dolovich

Register here.

This is a virtual panel, but students in the law school building can choose to watch it collectively in Room 1310. Lunch will be provided if you plan to attend in room 1310. 

Please fill out this form if you plan to attend in person and would like lunch: https://forms.gle/ERS3njeNBrmDvdTs7