Like-Minded Endeavors: Education Programs in U.S. and Japanese Prisons through Film and Lived Experiences

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September 4, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
Japanese History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Public Policy, Social Work

This symposium (in-person and via zoom webinar) on criminal justice in the U.S. and Japan will feature the showing of two exceptional documentaries, Prison Circle by awarding-winning director Kaori Sakagami and PACT: The Green Haven Prison Project on the rehabilitation of incarcerated persons using therapeutic jurisprudence and education.  The showing of the films will be followed by panel discussions and a conversation on the documentaries and rehabilitation programs.

Schedule, Sept. 4, 2022 (Sunday) Hawai‘i Standard Time, UHM Law School CR #2

9 am Opening by UHM Prof. Mark Levin, Seijo Univ. Prof. Makoto Ibusuki, and Ms. Eleanor Roberts (Yale Law School, '22)

9:30 am Prison Circle (2 hrs)

11:30 am PACT: The Green Haven Prison Project (37 minutes)

12:15 to 1:15 pm Break

1:15 pm Panel 1 with Filmmaker Kaori Sakagami and former PACT Program Director Dr. Roy Bolus, moderated by UHM Prof. Justin Levinson

2:30 pm Panel 2 with Chiba Univ. Prof. Hiroko Goto and UHM Prof. Ashley Rubin, moderated by UHM Prof. David Johnson

3:35 pm Conversation with Kat Brady, Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawai‘i Coordinator

4:30 pm Open Discussion

5:00 pm Concluding Remarks

For more details on the event and registration link, please see the event's brochure.

The main sponsor and organizer is the UHM William S. Richardson School of Law's Pacific-Asian Legal Studies.  This event is the 8th installment of the PALS program's annual Japan-U.S. law symposium on criminal justice. 


Contact Info: 

Dr. Gay Satsuma, Associate Director, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

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