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You’re Going To Jail: The Criminalization of Nearly Everything, a discussion with Radley Balko of the Huffington Post, 10/6/11 – 12 p.m. – room 251

September 30, 2011


Radley Balko, senior writer, Huffington Post  
America has more laws, more prisoners, and spends more money on putting people behind bars than ever before. On behalf of the Federalist Society, Tulane University Law School Student Chapter, Radley Balko of the Huffington Post will look at the frightening expansion of prosecutorial power in America, and what it means that we now use the criminal justice system to address so many of our problems.

Balko’s address, "You’re Going To Jail: The Criminalization of Nearly Everything," will be held Thursday, October 6, 2011, between noon and 1 p.m. in room 251 of the law school’s Weinmann Hall (6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, Uptown Campus). Commentary by Tulane law professor  Jancy Hoeffel , as well as a reception and lunch on the MPR patio will follow Balko’s remarks.

About Radley Balko
Radley Balko is a senior writer and investigative reporter for Huffington Post, where he covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. He also writes about music and culture in Nashville, Tenn., where he resides. A former senior editor for Reason magazine, Balko’s weekly column and investigative features were finalists for a number of journalism awards. His 2009 investigative report on expert witness fraud in a Louisiana death penalty case won the Western Publication Association’s "Maggie Award" for reporting. In 2011, The Week named Balko a finalist for "Opinion Columnist of the Year," and the L.A. Press Club named him a finalist for "Journalist of the Year."

Balko’s work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (Hudson v. Michigan), and cited and excerpted by the Mississippi State Supreme Court (Mississippi v. Edmonds). His reporting on the Cory Maye case, in which Maye mistakenly killed a police officer in a mistaken drug raid, helped Maye get off death row and eventually freed. His extensive reporting on controversial Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne helped win a new trial and an acquittal for a 13-year-old murder suspect, and eventually led to Hayne’s termination. Balko’s reporting on the overuse of SWAT teams and on police militarization, forensics, and the criminal justice system has been profiled by The New York Times, National Journal, NPR,The Economist, and the Showtime program, "Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!"

This event is free and open to the public.

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  Federalist Society , Tulane Law School

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.


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