Please join us on Tuesday, March 21st, for BRAVE Communities second panel disucssion on the Criminal Justice System in America. We will focus on the mandatory-minimum sentencing and the war on drugs. Other topics will include criminal justice reform, policing, prison reform, and prison reentry. A range of voices from people who have been incarcerated, to those who work within the judicial system, and other experts — will be sharing their personal and professional experiences on how we might reform our criminal justice system, as well as listen and answer audience comments and questions. Free. Open to all ages and stages.
Guest panelists include:
Kaysie Fernandez: Kaysie began her career teaching to the district's highest at-risk youths at the specialized Alternative Learning Center. Later, she worked with youth who had been adjudicated by the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department at the Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center. After successfully delivering interventions to that chronically underserved population, she trains other teachers, and coaches them in behavior and academic interventions. with the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coach in AISD.
Darwin Hamilton: Darwin has been actively engaged in reentry education and advocacy since 2012. He has worked on local criminal justice policy reform and provided technical assistance and testimony to organizations, the University of Texas and Austin city council. He has served 2 years on the executive committee of the Austin/Travis County Re-entry Roundtable, co-chairs the Reentry Advocacy Project and is a board member of Grassroots Leadership.
Stevie Hernandez: Stevie is cofounder of Crack Open the Door, a sentencing reform organization advocating for first time nonviolent drug offenders serving life without parole in federal prison. Stevie has assisted the ACLU with profiles for their report, A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses. He has worked with other sentencing reform organizations and attorneys on the clemency project led by the Obama administration, resulting in clemency for hundreds with life sentences.
Lauren Johnson: Lauren works part time for the Austin Travis County Reentry Roundtable and part time for the Texas Inmate Families Association and was chosen for the 2017 Leadership Austin Essentials program. Lauren is a board member and participant for Conspire Theatre, a local non-profit that uses theater and creative writing to reduce stigma for women during and post-incarceration.
Jack Lubben: Jack was an attorney since 1968, after active duty in Army. He was an Assistant DA in Dallas, then moved to private practice, predominantly as a criminal defense attorney, and retired ~2010. He moved to Austin in 2013 to be with family and is an active member in his church ministry and an advocate for a young man through CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Jackie Rylander: Jackie prosecuted misdemeanor and felony offenses in Williamson County for the past 10 years. In addition to serving as Assistant District Attorney, she founded the Domestic Assault Response Team for the prevention and prosecution of domestic violence. She also lectures extensively at the University of Texas School of Law on topics of trial advocacy, legal ethics and criminal law. She was the first prosecutor inaugurated into the Williamson County Victim's Wall of Fame.