The School to Prison Pipeline Conference is a day for students, teachers, administrators, activists, and law enforcement officials to come together and discuss the harsh policies and practices used by under-resourced schools that funnel students into the criminal justice system for minor violations of school rules. This forum will raise the consciousness of educators and citizens alike regarding zero-tolerance policies, disproportionate minority contact, and the American prison-industrial complex.

Date:  Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Location: Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Time:  8:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Panelists

CHRISTINE PERRA RAPILLO – Director of Delinquency Defense and Child Protection/Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice/CT Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

MIKE LAWLOR – Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division/Chair of the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission

DAVID MCGUIRE – Legislative and Policy Director at the CT American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

KEN ANTHONY – Director of Professional Development and Research at CT After School Network

FENG AN – Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston

CHERYL SHARP – Deputy Director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

STEVEN HERNANDEZ – Director of Public Policy and Researchat the Connecticut Commission

MICHELLE DUMAS KEULER – Human Rights Attorney at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

MARISA MASCOLO HALM – Director, TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project Center for Children’s Advocacy

DAWN YUSTER – Project Director School Justice Project, Advocates for Children of New York

CONFERENCE AGENDA

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Opening & Welcome Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Executive Director Tanya Hughes, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
9:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Bill Howe, Former State Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance, Keynote Connecticut State Department of Education
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Student Experience
9:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Educators and Advocates’ Lead on the Issue, Moderated by Cheryl Sharp
Christine Perra Rapillo, Director of Delinquency Defense and Child Protection, Office of the Chief Public De-fender
Steven Hernández, Director of Public Policy and Research, Connecticut Commission on Children
Dr. Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development and Research CT After School Network
Feng An, Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston
Michelle Dumas Keuler, Human Rights Attorney, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportuni-ties
Question and Answer Session
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Panel 2: Lawyers and Legislature’s Lead on the Issue, Moderated by Michelle Dumas Keuler
Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary, Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
David McGuire, Legislative and Policy Director, Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union
Marisa Mascolo Halm , Director, TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy
Dawn Yuster, Project Director School Justice Project, Advocates for Children of New York
Cheryl Sharp, Deputy Director, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Question and Answer Session
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Deputy Director Cheryl Sharp