This program, presented by Andrea Woods, Staff Attorney with the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, will provide an overview of civil rights litigation in response to the COVID-19 disaster in our nation’s jails and prisons. The course will provide an overview of both the public health and constitutional theories raised by this litigation, review of some of the cases and decisions entered to date, and discuss possible steps for the future of the work.
This program will benefit civil rights litigators, criminal defense practitioners, and law clerks.
Andrea Woods is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project. She focuses on bail and pretrial justice, seeking to end wealth-based pretrial detention, dramatically reduce our nation’s use of jails, and eliminate the exploitation of people who have been arrested. More recently, she has led the ACLU’s litigation response to the crisis presented by COVID-19 in jails. She has brought challenges to post-arrest systems of incarceration due to inability to pay money bail, inadequate access to public defenders, for-profit pretrial GPS conditions, overbroad systems of pretrial detention, the right of public access to court proceedings, and the extortionate practice of bounty hunting. She also engages in policy advocacy in dozens of states, including the dangers of pretrial risk assessments. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, the Appeal, CNBC, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dallas Morning News, and numerous other local news outlets. Andrea has worked in public defender offices, the anti-death penalty movement, and the Innocence Project Northwest as a law student. She was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington, graduating in 2014. Prior to joining the ACLU, Andrea clerked for the Hon. John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
I hope this seminar will be updated with more recent information on the impact of COVID-19 on incarcerated populations.
The presenter did an excellent job. Her presentation was clear, detailed and easy to follow. I wish all presenters were as good.
Very well done.
Crucial topic, fine presentation.
Informative and passionate. Great course!
Presenter was excellent.
Found course to be very helpful in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.
thank you for the on point information
Knowledgeable and the pace was great for comprehension. Sometimes presenters whiz through slides too quickly. Perfect here!
very informative and clear presentation regarding essential topic
I had a few issues with streaming, but they resolved themselves fairly quickly.
Very timely! Thank you!
Very good speaker.
This was a great course.
Thank you to the ACLU.
Excellent presentation, thank you!