Rights Night: Our Rights, Our Issues
Every day thousands of Americans are jailed because they don’t have enough money to pay bail. Directly impacting low-income and minority communities the most, people who are unable to post bail can lose their jobs, their homes, and their lives are torn apart. The Eighth Amendment was established to prohibit the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments, but is it protecting our citizens enough? Join us for a revolutionary look at the criminal justice system, bail reform, and the radical act of bringing people home from jail with Robin Steinberg. A lawyer and social justice advocate, Steinberg is also the CEO of the Bail Project—a national revolving bail fund to combat mass incarceration that focuses on reuniting families. Steinberg will discuss her visionary work with the Public Counsel’s Robins Kaplan Supervising Senior Attorney Kathryn Eidmann, a civil rights and economic justice lawyer who has fought to expand opportunities for disenfranchised communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?
As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.
Why do programs fill so quickly?
ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.
Where does ALOUD take place?
Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.
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Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?
We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.