Event Title

Restorative Justice, Probation, and Re-entry

Event Type

Talk

Location

University Hall 1000

Start Date

30-10-2013 10:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2013 11:50 AM

Description

Moderated by Mary Ellen Burton, Director of Training Programs, Homeboy Industries

Paul Freese, Vice President, Public Counsel

Paul L. Freese, Jr., is the Vice President of Public Counsel, the public interest law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the United States. A member of the California State Bar since 1988 he worked as a litigation associate until 1994 when he joined Public Counsel as Directing Attorney of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project. Appointed in 2010 to be the organization’s first Vice President, he supervises more than 65 attorneys and their staff. His experience includes working as a Group Worker for DuPage County Youth Home and working with developmentally disabled adults at Little Friends, in Naperville, Illinois. He was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner engaged in human rights work and was the first Maryknoll lay missioner to receive an appointment to a Regional Position. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1988.

Sister Mary Sean Hodges, O.P., Director, Partnership for Re-Entry Program in the Office of Restorative Justice

Sister Mary Sean is almost a native Los Angelean, born in NY but moving to CA at 1 ½ years old, and living here most of her years. She entered religious life after high school and has been a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 55 years. She enjoyed teaching school for 39 years in primary, junior high and high school, then came into the wonderful ministry of re-entry of parolees back into the community. Presently, she is the director of the Partnership For Re-Entry Program (PREP) in the Office of Restorative Justice. The organization has several modular self-help, self-development correspondence courses: Turning Point I and II; Anger Management, Insight, Domestic Violence and Parenting. Presently, over 5000 inmates are participating in these courses. She is the Founder of Starfish Stories, Inc. with five homes, The Francisco Homes, and a partner with Rescue-A-Life to open The William D. Pugh Home. These homes serve over 70 men who have been released after serving a life sentence.

Lance Wright, Developer of Re-Entry Program, Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous

Lance Wright’s experience within the re-entry community dates back to the early 1980’s when he was beginning my journey of being addicted to a lifestyle of criminality and drugs. His insight into the problem comes after many years of trial and much error within his own life. He has been involved in the development and facilitating of an institutional re-entry program through Criminals & Gang Members Anonymous (CGA) from approximately 2003 to 2011 wherein the clients were given an extensive recovery based education 5 nights a week over the course of 18 months. It was a preparatory program and engaged the clients in areas of addictive thinking and behavior, interpersonal relationships, and many other areas needed for their success upon release. Currently he works as a Program Facilitator Supervisor/Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Beit T’Shuvah 40 hours a week, as a Transformational Life Coach with New Horizon Community Re-Entry, and as an intern with CRI-HELP 8 hours a week to meet class requirements towards being CAADE certified as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

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Oct 30th, 10:00 AM Oct 30th, 11:50 AM

Restorative Justice, Probation, and Re-entry

University Hall 1000

Moderated by Mary Ellen Burton, Director of Training Programs, Homeboy Industries

Paul Freese, Vice President, Public Counsel

Paul L. Freese, Jr., is the Vice President of Public Counsel, the public interest law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the United States. A member of the California State Bar since 1988 he worked as a litigation associate until 1994 when he joined Public Counsel as Directing Attorney of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project. Appointed in 2010 to be the organization’s first Vice President, he supervises more than 65 attorneys and their staff. His experience includes working as a Group Worker for DuPage County Youth Home and working with developmentally disabled adults at Little Friends, in Naperville, Illinois. He was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner engaged in human rights work and was the first Maryknoll lay missioner to receive an appointment to a Regional Position. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1988.

Sister Mary Sean Hodges, O.P., Director, Partnership for Re-Entry Program in the Office of Restorative Justice

Sister Mary Sean is almost a native Los Angelean, born in NY but moving to CA at 1 ½ years old, and living here most of her years. She entered religious life after high school and has been a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 55 years. She enjoyed teaching school for 39 years in primary, junior high and high school, then came into the wonderful ministry of re-entry of parolees back into the community. Presently, she is the director of the Partnership For Re-Entry Program (PREP) in the Office of Restorative Justice. The organization has several modular self-help, self-development correspondence courses: Turning Point I and II; Anger Management, Insight, Domestic Violence and Parenting. Presently, over 5000 inmates are participating in these courses. She is the Founder of Starfish Stories, Inc. with five homes, The Francisco Homes, and a partner with Rescue-A-Life to open The William D. Pugh Home. These homes serve over 70 men who have been released after serving a life sentence.

Lance Wright, Developer of Re-Entry Program, Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous

Lance Wright’s experience within the re-entry community dates back to the early 1980’s when he was beginning my journey of being addicted to a lifestyle of criminality and drugs. His insight into the problem comes after many years of trial and much error within his own life. He has been involved in the development and facilitating of an institutional re-entry program through Criminals & Gang Members Anonymous (CGA) from approximately 2003 to 2011 wherein the clients were given an extensive recovery based education 5 nights a week over the course of 18 months. It was a preparatory program and engaged the clients in areas of addictive thinking and behavior, interpersonal relationships, and many other areas needed for their success upon release. Currently he works as a Program Facilitator Supervisor/Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Beit T’Shuvah 40 hours a week, as a Transformational Life Coach with New Horizon Community Re-Entry, and as an intern with CRI-HELP 8 hours a week to meet class requirements towards being CAADE certified as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.