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Chesa Boudin on "From Jail to Yale: Children's Personal and Legal Obstacles to a Relationship with their Incarcerated Parents"


November 14, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

Neukom Faculty Lounge -- Chesa Boudin will speak about the relevance of defendants' children to sentencing and visitation decisions.  Traditionally, courts and advocates have considered questions of a prisoner's contact with his or her children through the frame of prisoner's rights.  Boudin argues that these questions should instead be approached through the frame of childrens' rights.  In his view, children have a constitutional right to a relationship with convicted parents.  In his talk, he will discuss the source of this right and its practical implications for sentencing, prison visitation, and more.

For Boudin, a Yale Law School graduate, these issues could not be less abstract.  For almost his entire childhood his parents, Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were in prison.