Carlos Alfaro | Director | 480-270-0001 |
Jen Rogers | Hudson West | 201-286-1979 |
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
“LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT “ARIZONA TALKS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE” POLICY EVENT FOCUSING ON ARIZONA’S IMPRISONMENT CRISIS”
Featuring a Wide Array of Bi-Partisan Experts and Impactful Stories from People Directly Affected by the Criminal Justice System
PHOENIX, AZ (February 19, 2020) – Arizona Talks is launching their 2020 series this month, with an event addressing the latest on Arizona’s criminal justice system and the people working to reform it. On Saturday, February 29, 2020, “Arizona Talks: Criminal Justice” will be held from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Scottsdale (7025 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale). The event schedule includes live panels of local experts and will feature personal stories from people directly impacted, plus a special interactive art exhibition curated by renowned local artist Mary Margaret Selembo.
The event is open to the public. Attendees will learn about Arizona’s justice system, the current controversies surrounding it, and the movements taking action for change. An immersive video and panel-based experience will highlight live talks moderated by local media, featuring experts and short story vignettes. Tickets start at $10 and are available at arizonatalks.org/criminaljustice. Free early bird registration is available to the first 200 people. There will also be opening and closing partner networking receptions to further explore the issues discussed before and after the main program.
“Our goal is to bridge divides on the issue of criminal justice in Arizona by organizing opportunities for civil dialogue,” says Carlos Alfaro, Director at Arizona Talks. “Our team of organizers, speakers, and partner organizations invite anyone that wants to learn and engage on the issue to join us on Saturday.”
Experts and panelists, some of whom are available for interviews, include:
Elissa Johnson – Arizona State Director, Criminal Justice Reform at FWD.us
Maria Polletta – State Government and Politics Reporter at the Arizona Republic
Erick Luna – Professor of Constitutional and Criminal Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Nathan Wade – Pima County Public Defender
Jeffrey Taylor – Chair, Salvation Army of Phoenix
Khalil Rushdan – Smart Justice Partnership Coordinator at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Arizona
Kurt Altman – State Director of Arizona and New Mexico at Right on Crime
Enrique Olivares – Student at the University of Arizona
Rev. Katie Sexton, – Executive Director at the Arizona Faith Network
Molly Gill – Vice President of Policy at FAMM
- Jim Coston – Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church of Scottsdale
- Shakyra Diaz – Managing Director of Partnerships at Alliance for Safety & Justice
Arizona Talks is a nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Their team works to promote civil dialogue by featuring conversation and local culture. This is the third time that Arizona Talks has addressed Criminal Justice since their organization was started 2 years ago.