Fall Ethics Seminar: The Intersection of Race and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

We will serve lunch at each session. Please RSVP so we know that we have enough to offer. Lunch is no cost, donations welcome. 

Session 1-September 29, 2019, 12–2pm: Personal Stories of Incarceration, Rehabilitation and Community Reentry

Courtney Stewart, CEO & Co-founder of  The National Reentry Network . Courtney Stewart is the Chairman of The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Founder and CEO of Mentoring Works2. Inc. a non-profit 501 c (3) and President of Stewart’s Cleaning Service, LLC. He serves on the Board of Director for the District of Columbia Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA), DC Jobs With Justice (DCJWJ) the Mayor’s Commission on Re-entry and Returning Citizens Affairs, and The Re-entry Task Force.

Brittney Floyd, Co-Director of Women Involved in Reentry Efforts (The Wire)  Brittney Floyd is employed with the Department of Human Services as a Social Service Representative. She helped develop new systems to better assist DC agencies and benefit constituents. Brittney is in her junior year at the University of the District of Columbia.

Session 2- October 20, 2019 12-2pm: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice Systems 

John Clark, retired officer, Bureau of Federal Prisons, retired from a career in federal corrections.  He worked at all levels of the prison system, from line correctional officer to warden and headquarters administrator.  After leaving the government, he did criminal justice consulting for a few years.  He has been on the board of two non-profit organizations, focused on or providing services to areas of the District’s criminal justice system.

Stefan LoBuglio, has worked in corrections for over 26 years as a practitioner, policy advocate, and consultant.  Currently, his firm Justice Innovations provides assistance to jurisdictions in the US and internationally to strengthen their justice systems through the implementation of innovative and evidenced-based practices.  Prior, Stefan was Director of Reentry and Corrections for the Council of State Governments Justice Center where he oversaw federally-funded efforts to promote successful adult reentry and improve correctional practices inside and outside of local, state, and federal institutions.  At the Justice Center, he led the National Reentry Resource Center which is a project of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Session 3- November 3, 2019, 12-2pm: Ministries and Social Support for Incarcerated and Returning Citizens

Father Michael Bryant, Volunteer Coordinator, Welcome Home Reentry Program, Catholic Charities 

Rita Willett, Prison Chaplain at Virginia Correctional Center for Women. Chaplain Rita Willett was half the dynamic duo of Co-Chaplains at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in 2018 but as of January 1 2019, she transferred to Virginia Correctional Center for Women (VCCW). The Richmond Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is a central part of Chaplain Rita Willett’s life and heart. It is where her heart for the incarcerated was nourished.   “Being in seminary and meeting Karen Powell and getting to work with her was a part of this leading; and part of it was getting to know the concerns of those in prison through Richmond Friends Meeting.”

Objectives of Ethics Seminar

  1. To listen with open hearts and minds to the stories of previously incarcerated people, how they coped and returned to the community after incarceration
  2. To raise our awareness and understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system — its components/structure & how it works or doesn’t work.
  3. To understand how people of color and other socially marginalized individuals fare in the criminal justice systems.
  4. To learn about the behavioral and physical health and spiritual needs of incarcerated individuals.
  5. To introspectively consider our own biases and attitudes towards individuals involved in the criminal justice systems.
  6. To begin a conversation about how our church might take action/get involved in prison ministry, criminal justice reform and/or advocacy.

We will serve lunch at each session. Please RSVP so we know that we have enough to offer. Lunch is no cost, donations welcome.