Past Event


Default Mens Rea: What’s at Stake?

Upending our system of regulatory safeguards and fundamentally changing what it means to be guilty of a white-collar crime.


12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

Bipartisan consensus in Congress has led to the development of several criminal justice reform efforts to address the plight of overcriminalization and mass incarceration in the United States. These problems are major drivers of poverty and inequality and are devastating to families and communities across the country, particularly communities of color. Unfortunately, some congressional policymakers are using consensus around criminal justice reform to advance default mens rea which could upend our system of regulatory safeguards and fundamentally change what it means to be guilty of a white-collar crime.

Come learn what’s at stake Thursday, April 7 from 12:30–2pm. Hear from leading public safety, environmental, and legal experts as they brief staff on the potential impact of default mens rea on our system of regulatory safeguards. Lunch will be provided.

For questions or more information about this event, please contact Pat Collier at pcollier@americanprogress.org.

Moderator:
Todd Cox, Director, Criminal Justice Policy, Center for American Progress

Opening Remarks:
Van Jones, President & Co-Founder, Dream Corps.

Panelists:
Ed Correia, Executive Board Member, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Police Chief Tom Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association & Chief of Police, Montgomery County Maryland