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Prison Law 2014

Author(s): Alexander A. Reinert, Tamar Kraft-Stolar
Practice Area: Pro Bono
Published: Oct 2014
PLI Item #: 52484
CHB Spine #: 33

Alex Reinert is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of constitutional law, civil procedure, federal courts, and criminal law. Alex joined Cardozo’s faculty in 2007, after working as an associate at Koob & Magoolaghan for six years, where he focused on prisoners’ rights, employment discrimination, and disability rights.  Since entering the academy, Alex has continued to litigate civil rights cases, while also teaching and writing in related areas.  In 2016 Alex became the director of Cardozo’s Center for Rights and Justice, which brings together the scholarship, programs and clinics at Cardozo engaged in public service, client advocacy and academic research dealing with issues of fairness, equality, access to justice and transparency.

Alex graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law.  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.