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Sunday, October 25 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Society as Ecology: A Look at the Criminalization of Communities of Color and Innovative, Supportive Solutions

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Are prisons a solution to a problem? Or are they themselves the problem? Given that the United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people locked up, not enough attention has been given to the estimated 12 million people who cycle through the county jail systems each year. Communities of Color continue to bear the brunt of flawed drug policies and social systems as well as harsher ecologies. Currently, 1 in 3 Black men and 1 in 6 Latinos have a lifetime likelihood of imprisonment, while the incarceration rate of Native Americans is 38 percent higher than the national average. Could local jails, police, gang intervention programs, and re-entry programs be leveraged to transform and strengthen the fabric of local communities, environments and ecologies? Join Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish and our panel of inspiring experts: Lisa Calderon of Community Re-Entry Project, Louis Lopez of City of Longmont, and Art Way Jr. of Drug Policy Alliance as we explore these issues and more.


Lisa Calderón

Community Re-Entry Project
Lisa M. Calderón is the Director of the Community Reentry Project in Denver where she supervises six staff who work on behalf of formerly incarcerated persons for their successful transition back into the community. She is an adjunct faculty member for CU Denver’s Ethnic Studies... Read More →

Louie Lopez

City of Longmont
Louie Lopez has been a devoted leader, mentor and educator in service to youth and families in Boulder County for over 25 years. Currently, Louie serves as the Community Coordinator for the City Of Longmont and coordinator for GRIP (Gang Response and Intervention Program). He supports... Read More →

Art Way

Colorado Drug Policy Alliance
Art Way directs the Colorado office of the Drug Policy Alliance, based in Denver. Way brings substantial public policy and criminal justice reform experience to DPA. Way is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was appalled at the gap between our constitutional liberties... Read More →

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm MDT
Humanities 150

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