Mass Incarceration: Re Entry and Re Integration: Community Building

    November 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    YWCA of Tucson
    526 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    This forum features the reintegration experiences at Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS), which works with 440 men and women in reentry from prison every year. Tom Litwicki, CEO at OPCS, will moderate a panel discussion of OPCS professionals about the reentry experiences of their clients. Deirdra McMahon, Ernie Clark, Jamie Crane, and Danny Howe will describe barriers to reentry and reintegration efforts (such as access to housing and jobs), the process of restoring one’s rights, actions that the community can take to help reduce recidivism, and more.The road can be foreboding for people struggling to reenter mainstream community life after years of displacement due to incarceration, substance use or abuse, and/or homelessness. When inmates are paroled to the transitional recovery communities at OPCS the staff there provides them with quality housing in a homelike environment; individualized case management; employment support; substance abuse counseling and treatment; and life skills training as needed. Those clients who complete OPCS 90-day programs will have higher incomes, greater sobriety, and significantly lower incidents of re-arrest or re-incarceration than the general population of those released from incarceration.

    2016 Speakers Series Schedule
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Health and Mental Health in Prisons. What kind of care is provided within the prisons system and by whom?
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they being used now? Can these be expanded and for whom?
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Sentencing Policies and Reform. What are the sentencing policies, what changes are happening, how can reform happen?
    All forums are Wednesday nights from 6-8PM at the YWCA Southern Arizona 525 N. Bonita Ave.
    There is no admission fee.
    This set of workshops are part of our ongoing year long Campaign for Racial Justice, held in conjunction with Tucson Urban League, The Center for Community Dialogue, a program of Our Family Services, Naacp Tucson Chapter and the Black Women’s Task Force – Tucson


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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).

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