Panel Discussion

Date & Time:
Sunday, January 25, 2015 -
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Opening Day Discussions by Raphael Sperry and Terry Kupers on the impact of today’s prison design on inmates’ human rights and the psychological effects of prison conditions. 


Raphael Sperry, AIA is president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility. He researches the intersection of architecture and planning with human rights with a special focus on prisons and jails, and advocates for design professionals to play a larger role in supporting human rights in the built environment. Sperry is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts and has taught at Stanford University. He holds an M.Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University.


Terry Kupers, M.D., M.S.P. is Institute Professor at The Wright Institute and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He provides expert testimony in class action litigation regarding the psychological effects of prison conditions including isolated confinement in super-maximum security units, the quality of correctional mental health care, and the effects of sexual abuse in correctional settings.  He is author of Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It (1999) and co-editor of Prison Masculinities (2002).  He is a Contributing Editor of Correctional Mental Health Report. He received the 2005 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).