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Alec Karakatsanis will speak about the role of lawyers in the movement to abolish jails and prisons. Alec is the founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps, a non-profit fighting injustices in the criminal-legal system around the country. CRC has designed and litigated innovative constitutional civil rights cases challenging various aspects of the punishment bureaucracy, including money bail, modern debtor’s prisons, and private probation. He is the author of the book Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System.