2019 Symposium: A National Symposium on Incarceration and Returning Citizens

  • October 7th, 2019 8:00 am
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A National Symposium on Incarceration and Returning Citizens
Presented by Reaching Out From Within

Monday, October 7
$175 per person for the full day, including Courage to Change Dinner the evening of October 7.  Register below. 

Sheraton Overland Park
6100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

Join us for a day full of thought-provoking information and conversation.  Reaching Out From Within is thrilled to welcome Axel Briemle to Kansas City to share his knowledge and experience as one of Germany’s foremost leaders in prison rehabilitation.  The German approach to incarceration is based on rehabilitation, not punishment.  Their system varies widely from the United States approach to incarceration.

The 2019 Symposium will challenge current thinking and encourage dialogue focusing on new methods, approaches, and standards that are based on Human Dignity.

Are you interested in being part of the change to improve the system of corrections in the United States?  We need you.  Our incarcerated friends and returning citizens need you. Please join us and be part of creating a brighter future for all of us.

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Symposium Schedule

8 am – Registration and Light Breakfast (Included in your ticket price)

8:30 am – Welcome 

8:45 am – Remarks from Axel Briemle, featured guest and internationally recognized expert in Prison Rehabilitation. 

9 am – Panel Discussion: Incarceration Based in Human Dignity

Axel Briemle, Internationally recognized expert in prison rehabilitation and the German prison system.

Scott Erfe, District Administrator at Connecticut Department of Corrections.  Past warden of The Rock, a Connecticut prison using a German-style program emphasizing rehabilitation for offenders.  See more here: The Rock

More to come

10 am – Panel Discussion: Workforce Development: Economic Benefits from Returning Citizens

Bettie Kirkland, Executive Director at Project Return, a Nashville nonprofit agency solely dedicated to the successful new beginnings of returning citizens.

Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist at Fifth Third Bank and passionate advocate for returning citizens finding meaningful and contributing work.

Cheryl and Randy Reinhardt, Owners of Zephyr Products, a metal fabrication company in Leavenworth Kansas and employer of currently incarcerated individuals.

Moderated by Joe Reardon, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

More to come

11 am – Returning Citizens: Who Are They?

Noon – Lunch and Networking (Included in your ticket price)

2 pm – Your Choice of Panels

Smart Justice: Alternative Approaches to Incarceration for Non-Violent Offenders

Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County, MO Prosecutor

Mark Dupree, Wyandotte County District Attorney

Laquisha Ross, Assistant Federal Public Defender

Moderated by Micah Kubic, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida

Women in Prison 

3 pm – State Leadership in Humane Incarceration and Re-entry 

Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Koch Industries

Ann Precythe, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections

More to come

4 pm – Wrap up and closing

4:30 – Private reception for Symposium attendees

5:30 – Courage to Change Reception and Dinner 

*Times are approximate, committed speakers are noted and panels will be updated with new information as it is available.  

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