Former Assistant public defender Joel Feinman at DGT

    October 5, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only


    Joel Feinman
    Joel Feinman

    Tucson attorney Joel Feinman who worked (until just recently) for the Pima County Public Defender’s Office will be speaking on “mass incarceration”.  He is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of Arizona, and is considering a bid for Pima County Attorney in 2016. His kick off event is on Oct. 16.   His website:

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Joel was a public defender for 8 years and spoke about basic human rights for the mass incarcerated. He said that Arizona rates by race were for blacks 4x as much as for whites, Hispanics 2x to whites, Native Americans 4x to whites; juveniles as well as adults. He encouraged more diversion & treatment esp. for small drug offenses, said that the War on Drugs started w/ the Civil Rights movement to continue to imprison Blacks in the South. Questions from audience were about changes to prosecution of drugs cases as Pima County Atty; what about marijuana offenses; federal vs. state laws; police motivations to arrest for drug crimes; “culture of corruption” at Pima County Atty’s office?; discretion to prosecute or not; diversion $ resources; death penalty; undocumented immigrants; juvenile court cases; why not winning war on drugs; price of drugs & demand; marijuana cartels and private prisons.


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