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Thursday, December 7 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
The New Disability: Homelessness vis a vis Incarceration – An Interactive Reentry Simulation

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The purpose of this interactive workshop is to raise awareness about the complexities that individuals involved with the criminal justice system encounter when released from jail or prison and to offer an additional perspective when crafting policy recommendations. Participants will experience challenges to successful reentry that individuals recently released from incarceration face, especially men and women who are homeless and have mental health issues. As a result of this simulation experience, individuals will be able to advance equitable justice under a system that does not afford individuals involved with the criminal justice system the opportunity to access adequate services necessary to live a productive life post-incarceration. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to apply the principles of economic justice to the work in their field in ways that will provide sufficient opportunities for recently released individuals with mental illnesses and/or who are homeless to be successfully reintegrated into society.


Juwanna N. Brown

Student & Advocate
Ms. Juwanna N. Brown is a student, advocate, and lifetime learner who is passionate about improving the lives of individuals through systems change. As an emerging community development practitioner, she seeks to gain a more critical understanding of how to transform communities in... Read More →

Shawntelle Fisher

Founder & CEO, The SoulFisher Ministries
Elder Shawntelle L. Fisher is a highly anointed and very influential leader, speaker, teacher, and dancer who serves with excellence and integrity. She has a passion to see lives transformed and restored. Through her own struggles and pitfalls in life she was guided by caring members... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm EST
Congressional Ballroom A Ballroom Level