Jessica Carter, a second-year LSU Law student, will present her paper, “The Criminal Justice System is the New Slave Trade: Born into it, Living through it, But does true freedom exist?” at the University of Mississippi’s first “Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South” conference in April.
As a first-time presenter at the conference, Carter said, “I am nervous, but honored to be surrounded by people with a similar goal of finding a sustainable solution to the mass incarceration epidemic.”
A native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Carter said, “I have always wanted to attend law school and have the opportunity to tailor my experience around my passion for public interest.” Prior to attending LSU Law Center, Carter spent two years working for the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi. While based in Jackson, Carter monitored the juvenile detention facilities across Mississippi and their compliance with consent decrees.
Carter is currently an extern for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson (’69). She previously had an externship with the Innocence Project in New Orleans. Carter is a member of PILS and is a Research Assistant to Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Katherine Macfarlane.