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      New England Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform in Providence

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      October 26, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 AM

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      New England Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform

      #cut50, The Reentry Campus Program, Brown University Swearer Center, Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Brown Center for Students of Color have partnered to bring you the RI Criminal Justice Reform Summit. This summit will bring together formerly incarcerated, community members, student-led organizations, nonprofit organizations, national criminal justice reform advocates and local elected officials to discuss the future of criminal justice reform efforts in Rhode Island. The key area of focus will be the cost of incarceration, education vs incarceration, dignity for incarcerated women, fair chance licensing, the crack and opioid epidemics, nonviolent solutions, equitable hiring practices, the First Step Act and the need for improved reentry practices. Key Note speaker is Louis L. Reed. Louis Reed is the National Organizer for #Cut50. He brings to #Cut50 years of experience in government, criminal justice expertise, policy advocacy, business, and public health. Louis holds degrees in criminal justice and psychology, and is a board-certified addictions counselor and licensed alcohol & addictions practitioner. Prior to joining #Cut50, Louis was the Connecticut Policy Strategist for the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice where he worked on SB-13, and ran his own addiction and mental health practice in Bridgeport, CT, serving clients across Southern Connecticut. Louis's experience in government includes conceptualizing and serving as director of the Mayor's Office for Reentry Affairs in the City of Bridgeport, CT. His policy reform experience includes working with the Connecticut legislature for successful enactment of legislation related to reforms to pretrial practices, expanding access to licenses for people living with criminal records, limiting asset forfeiture practices by law enforcement, and strengthening reentry practices and services for people returning from prison.

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