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Sue Ellen Allen Named 2019 USOW Ambassador!
Reinventing Reentry founder Sue Ellen Allen has been chosen as a 2019 Ambassador for The United State of Women! She will work with communities and stakeholders across Arizona to promote gender equity and dignity for incarcerated women. Click here to learn more about this exciting announcement.
You can learn more about her and the rest of the Ambassadors here. Stay tuned for more news about her involvement and work!
Check Out Our New Video!
If you haven't already, visit our website to check out our new Reentry Simulation video! Click here to view it.
We're thrilled to see the Reentry Simulations growing and reaching more people than ever. Click here to learn more and schedule a simulation at your association, office headquarters, university, conference, and more!
Upcoming Reentry Simulations:
August 15 - American Legislative Exchange Council - Austin, TX
October 10 - Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, Il
September - Columbia University - New York City, NY
Thanks to our Board Members & team for a successful Reinventing Reentry Board Retreat this month! (From bottom left) Carol Comito, Sue Ellen Allen, Deanna Durkee, Daria Brill, W. Michael Short, Lena Avalos, and Shamia Lodge (board member Michele Goodwin not in photo). There are so many great efforts in the works, and we can’t wait to share them with you. We encourage you to keep up with us and our work on Facebookand Twitter, and to share this newsletter with your friends!
How Orange Is The New Black Plans to Aid Criminal Justice Reform Offscreen
If you managed to binge all thirteen of Orange Is The New Black’s final episodes in single day, you found that the series will have a surprising method to keep its legacy going. Creator Jenji Kohan has partnered with GoFundMe and a number of non-profit organizations aimed at recruiting fans to help affect change within the prison system.
'She'll go into a concrete coffin:' What Brittany Zamora's next 20 years will look like in prison
"This is her world now. What does she do? How does she help? Especially because some women are not going to want her to help. Especially because she's infamous, famous, now, they're going to give her a hard time," Sue Ellen Allen said.
Arizona Department of Corrections Publishes, Then Rescinds New Policy Restricting Prison Tours
The Arizona Department of Corrections issued a new Department Order that omitted “Elected Officials” and “News Media” from a list of individuals allowed to request prison tours. The new order also removed a clause exempting elected officials from the process.
Historic Criminal Justice Reforms Begin to Take Effect
The First Step Act, which Congress passed last December, represents the most substantial criminal justice reform legislation in a generation. The law aims to shorten mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses and to improve conditions for people currently in prison. But since the First Step Act was signed into law, advocates have voiced concerns about oversight and funding for its implementation.
Help us eliminate hiring, housing and education barriers for Arizonans who have been incarcerated. If you are a business owner or part of an organization that is committed to promoting fair chances for all, please sign the Fair Chance Arizona pledge. We encourage you to share this important initiative with others in your network too! Together we can enact real change in our state and our country.