BLSA Presents Prisoner Rights as a Civil Rights Movement

On Wednesday evening, CUNY Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted a panel discussion on Prisoner Rights as a Civil Rights Movement. The panelists included Soffiyah Elijah, the executive director of the New York State Correctional Association and former professor in CUNY Law’s defender clinic; Barbara Hamilton (’07), staff attorney in the Special Litigation Unit at the Legal Aid Society; and Alisha Williams, director of the Prisoner Justice Project at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. The panel was moderated by Nicole Smith Futrell, a clinical law professor in CUNY Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic.

BLSA Panel

Nicole Smith Futrell, Barbara Hamilton (’07), Alisha Williams, and Soffiyah Elijah

The hour-long discussion ranged from conversation on the progress that has been made in the prisoner rights movement to what possibilities and opportunities still exist to the language that is used to talk about people in prisons.