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Hitting the Concrete: Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Adults Returning from Prison - A Criminal Justice Shabbat Panel

Friday, February 7, 2020 12 Sh'vat 5780

6:00 PM - 7:30 PMTemple Shir Tikvah Oneg Room

Event is at capacity, registration closed.

Catered dinner at 6PM. Panel starts promptly at 6:20 PM
RSVP below by January 24 (scroll to bottom)
Note: Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early.
A suggested donation of $10 per/person supports our panelists’ work at THRIVE Communities.

Every year in Massachusetts, thousands of people are released from incarceration to start over. Their transition from confinement to freedom is daunting, with many challenges. A significant percentage return to custody within a year, but others, with the right support and opportunities, succeed. Learn how you can help make a crucial difference as they strive to begin productive lives. We are honored to welcome the following guests:

  • Will Brownsberger, State Senator, 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District. Senator Brownsberger led passage of the Criminal Justice Reform package by the MA Legislature in 2018

  • Vin Lorenti, director of the MA Office of Community Corrections. The Office provides probation, parole, and reentry services at seventeen centers in MA, including one in Woburn

  • Kim Yeasir, Co-Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer, THRIVE Communities. THRIVE uses mentorship teams to assist men and women returning to their communities after incarceration

  • Fred Clay, Fellow, THRIVE Communities, Lowell

THRIVE assisted Fred after he was exonerated and returned to Lowell in 2017. He now leads mentorship teams that assist others in transition. This event is hosted by the Tikkun Olam Committee. Please join us to discuss this important local topic! Additional information about the panelists is available through the following links:


This event is at capacity, registration is closed.

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