Continuing Legal Ed Program at Saint Martin's will look at improving
March 22, 2006
Lacey, Wash.— The challenge of giving ex-felons
opportunities for rehabilitation and a fresh start in society while
balancing safety concerns will be the focus of a Continuing Legal
Education Program April 14 at Saint Martin’s University. A series of
three panel discussions on the topic, “Responsible Justice: Balancing
Safety with Rehabilitation,” will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. at the
university’s Spangler Hall, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The program is
sponsored by the Thurston County Bar Association and the university.
With passage of a 2006 bill creating a Joint Select
Committee of Offender Programs, Washington’s legislature recognized not
only the importance of public safety, but also the need to improve
programs that reduce the likelihood that ex-felons will commit another
crime. The first panel of speakers will first talk about the role of
public policy in creating a cycle of repeat offenders. Panelists will be
Sally Harrison, Office of Assigned Counsel; Thurston County Prosecutor
Ed Holm; Lakewood Police Chief Larry Saunders; and Thurston County
District Court Judge Kip Stilz.
Representing legislative attempts at solutions will
be Mary Leftridge Byrd, deputy secretary for community corrections for
the State Department of Corrections; State Sen. Mike Carrell,
R-Lakewood; Roger Kluck of the Friends Committee on Washington Public
Policy; and State Rep. Al O’Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace.
Speaking to citizen and faith-based efforts will be
Joan Fredrickson, WorkSource Thurston County; the Rev. Carol McKinley;
Dr. Edryce Reynolds and Lesta Rogers, both of Citizens for Responsible
For more information, please contact Saint Martin’s
adjunct faculty member Shawn Newman, 360-866-2322.
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