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Prison Law 2012

Author(s): Alexander A. Reinert, Tamar Kraft-Stolar
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Pro Bono
Published: Aug 2012
ISBN: 9781402418310
PLI Item #: 34688
CHB Spine #: C234

Alex Reinert is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he is also the faculty director of the Center for Rights and Justice.  Alex joined the faculty of Cardozo in 2007, after working as an associate at Koob & Magoolaghan for six years, where he focused on prisoners’ rights, employment discrimination, and disability rights.  He teaches and conducts research in the areas of constitutional law, civil procedure, civil rights, criminal law, and federal courts. He argued before the Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, and has appeared on behalf of parties and amicus curiae in many significant civil rights cases.  Alex graduated from New York University School of Law in 1999.  Upon graduating from law school, he held two clerkships, first with the Hon. Harry T. Edwards, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and then with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. 

Tamar Kraft-Stolar has been the Director of the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York (CA) since 2003. She manages all aspects of the Project, leads prison visits, drafts legislation, directs advocacy campaigns, and oversees coalition building, public education and leadership development efforts.

Tamar is author of the CA's forthcoming report on reproductive healthcare for women in New York's prisons and co-author of CA reports on the devastating impact of child welfare policies on incarcerated women and the criminal justice system's harsh and unjust response to domestic violence survivors who protect themselves. In recent years, Tamar helped lead successful campaigns to pass legislation that bans the barbaric practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women during childbirth and that protects the parental rights of incarcerated parents with children in foster care.

Tamar is a member of the pilot cohort for Move to End Violence, a NoVo Foundation initiative aimed at strengthening the US-based movement to end violence against women and girls. Previously, Tamar worked for the CA's Public Policy Project, coordinating its campaign to repeal New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws. She graduated Cornell University summa cum laude with a BA in History and Africana Studies.