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Associate Provost Kami Chavis to speak at Congressional Black Caucus Annual Policy Conference on Sept. 22

Associate Provost and Professor Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program, will speak on a panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Policy Conference on Friday, Sept. 22.  The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Program co-sponsor ‘Re-Thinking Drug Policy’ symposium on Monday, Oct. 2

The Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Criminal Justice Program are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Re-Thinking Drug Policy: Seeking Solutions Based on Law, Science and Public Health,” with the Rethinking Community Program, the Office of the Provost, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Engagement Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction and Clinical and Translational Science Institute from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine St., 5th Floor Tiered Classroom, in downtown Winston-Salem.

The event, which is also sponsored by Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), is free and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with “International Wrongful Conviction Day.”

Three hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits (one hour of substance abuse, two hours of general) have been approved by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) for a fee. 

 

After four decades, policy analysts across the political spectrum have come to recognize that the War on Drugs is both ineffective and counterproductive. The “tough on crime” policies have led to massive increases in incarceration and have served to nurture, rather than dismantle, drug cartels. The use of mandatory minimums aimed at targeting traffickers, has instead led to essentially criminalizing addiction, throwing low level addicts into prison and only exacerbating mental health conditions. The utter failure of the War on Drugs is showcased in the current public health epidemic presented by the opioid crisis. Across the country, opioid abuse and overdose related deaths are rapidly rising to unprecedented rates. This symposium will provide context for the history of what led to this current state, consider solutions that incorporate not only the medical and scientific concerns related to addiction and over prescription, but also the criminal justice responses that have bloated our prisons and devastated families and communities across the country.

The event will be streamed live online, as well as available in two video sessions for viewing later.  Using Google Chrome is recommended.

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Journal of Law & Policy, Criminal Justice Program co-host ‘The New Law and Order: Working Towards Equitable and Community-Centered Policing in North Carolina’ symposium on Friday, Nov. 3

The North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC-CRED), the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy, and the Wake Forest School of Law Criminal Justice Program, present “The New Law and Order: Working Towards Equitable and Community-Centered Policing in North Carolina” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

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Professor Kami Chavis appointed associate provost for academic initiatives

The following announcement about Professor Kami Chavis, associate dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of Criminal Justice Program, appeared on Inside WFU on May 3, 2017: Continue reading »

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Professor Kami Chavis featured on Public Radio International discussing recent uptick in hate crimes

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, is featured in an interview on March 27, 2017, on Public Radio International (PRI)’s  ”The Takeaway.”
On the show, “What Counts As ‘Hate Crime’ in 2017,” Professor Chavis discusses the recent uptick in hate crimes and how the United States DOJ might respond.
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Professor Kami Chavis quoted in Bloomberg BNA regarding online searches of juror information

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, is featured in the following article, “Called for Jury Duty? That Facebook Rant Is Fair Game,” written by Peter Hayes and published by Bloomberg BNA on March 9, 2017. Following is an excerpt:

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Professor Kami Chavis participates in March 9 national symposium on policing in Washington, D.C.

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, will participate in the “ACS National Event: Symposium on Policing in a New Political Era” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event will be available via Livestreaming  on the American Constitution Society’s website.

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Professor Kami Chavis to discuss disparities in policing at Convening of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, will be among the presenters on Feb. 6, 2017, at the Convening of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses police accountability in Walter Scott shooting mistrial with Christian Science Monitor

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor story, “Mistrial in Walter Scott police shooting sends strong message,” published by Henry Gass on Dec. 6, 2016.  In the excerpt that follows, Chavis discusses police accountability.

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Professor Kami Chavis quoted in American Prospect magazine article: ‘Race and the Tragedy of Quota-Based Policing’

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, is quoted in Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine article,  “Race and the Tragedy of Quota-Based Policing,” written by Shaun Ossei-Owusu.

Following is an excerpt of the original article published online on Nov. 3, 2016.