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In the late 19th century, Jim Crow Laws established a racial caste system in the American South. This principle of “separate but equal” finally crumbled almost a century later with the passing of the civil rights legislation of 1964 through 1968, but has it been resurrected through U.S. drug laws? That’s the question at the heart of “U.S. Drug Laws: The New Jim Crow?” seminar, to be presented by the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Kiva Auditorium on Temple University’s main campus. The symposium, also sponsored by the Temple Law Alumni Association, will explore the impact of criminal penalties and enforcement of drug laws on the African-American community; the historical connection between drug laws, race and class; the social and political marginalization of African Americans resulting from U.S. drug laws and policy; and the disparate impact and enforcement of these laws and politics. The daylong conference will feature a keynote address by United States Congressman Chaka Fattah, D-Pa. A partial list of participants includes: J. Whyatt Mondesire, president, Philadelphia NAACP; Kurt L. Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore; Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of New York; Professor Scott Burris, Temple Law; Eric E. Sterling, president, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation; Marc Mauer, assistant director, The Sentencing Project; and Mindy Fullilove, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health, Columbia University. They will discuss: � “Criminal Penalties and Disparate Impact and Enforcement on the African-American Community”: What are the effects of disproportionate incarceration rates for African-Americans, sentencing disparities for crack and powder cocaine, mandatory minimum sentences and changes in the laws surrounding drugs? � “Public Health Impact of Drug Laws”: How is public health affected by racial profiling and the government response to drug use? � “Social and Political Disenfranchisement”: Is racial profiling simply Jim Crow on the highway? How does the disproportionate enforcement of drug laws take away fundamental rights, like welfare and voting privileges, of the minority community? Participants can earn up to six hours of substantive credits, applicable toward the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s requirement for continuing legal education. For more information, or to register for the symposium, visit the Web site www.temple.edu/tpcrlror contact Steven Kronenberg at [email protected].

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