Watch Eric Holder and Piper Kerman give OSU lecture on drug policy and sentencing

On Thursday, the former U.S. attorney general will join the author of 'Orange is the New Black' and two Ohio judges for a virtual lecture via Ohio State's Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives for a ceremony in Washington, D.C. last year.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, and Friday, Oct. 8, Ohio State University's Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, along with Arizona State University's Academy for Justice, will host a virtual symposium: "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment."

The symposium will explore "the myriad issues surrounding drug sentencing and its contribution to mass incarceration and mass punishment during this major symposium," according to the website. "In addition to academics, researchers, and advocates discussing sound drug sentencing policies, this event also includes judges, current and former prosecutors, defense attorneys, and justice-involved individuals sharing their perspectives on drug sentencing practices."

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All the events are free and open to the public. The keynote event, which takes place via Zoom on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., features Eric Holder, Jr., former Attorney General of the United States, and Piper Kerman, social justice advocate and author of Orange is the New Black, along with Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and Chief U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley for the Southern District of Ohio. Register here.