Film, Panel to Address Incarceration of Black Men

Legal experts and a documentary film tackle impacts of criminalization of African American men for insignificant infractions on March 7

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Attorney A. C. Jones (from left), court Commissioner Eric Isaac, attorney Victor Marshall, and graduate student Bobby Rivera will discuss the incarceration of black men on March 7.

RIVERSIDE, California – A panel of legal experts will discuss “The Illegitimacy and Exploitation of the Incarceration of Black Men” on Tuesday, March 7, at the University of California, Riverside.

The program is scheduled from 5:10 to 8 p.m. in HUB 302, and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Carolyn Murray, UCR professor of psychology, and UCR African Student Programs. Parking is free in Lot 1; stop at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus for a parking permit.

The event begins with the screening of “13th,” a 2016 documentary film that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. It is titled after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits slavery. Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary begins by explaining that today the U.S. has 5 percent of the global population, but 25 percent of the world’s population that is incarcerated. She demonstrates how slavery has been perpetuated in the criminal justice system by criminalizing black men for insignificant infractions.

A panel of legal experts will discuss themes presented in the film, followed by audience discussion. Panelists are:

  • C. Jones, a senior felony trial attorney in the Complex Litigation Unit of the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office. Before becoming an attorney, Jones worked as a sheriff’s deputy in Los Angeles County for over 20 years.
  • Eric Isaac, a commissioner in Department 22 of the Riverside County Superior Court. His prior positions include a year of serving as an AB 109 hearing officer dealing with prison realignment, which dictates that low-level, nonviolent offenders serve their sentences in county jail rather than state prison. He previously worked for 15 years as a deputy public defender at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office as both a trial attorney and a supervisor.
  • Victor Marshall, a criminal defense and an entertainment attorney in Riverside. He has been licensed for 22 years. His experience in trial work ranges from misdemeanor driving-under-the-influence cases to capital murder.
  • Bobby Rivera, a sociology graduate student at UC Riverside who is interested in the intersection of the military with local policing, immigration, and mass incarceration issues. Attorney Kim Wright recently profiled him in her book “Lawyers as Changemakers, The Global Integrative Law Movement” as one of two former police officers in the U.S. to watch for in restorative justice issues.

Students in Murray’s “Psychological Aspects of the Black Experience” course will present spoken word, rap, videos, and songs on the theme “Black Lives Matter” on Tuesday, March 14, from 5:10 to 8 p.m. in 1500 Life Sciences. The event is free and open to the public.

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