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Society’s Role in Moving Former Inmates From a Societal Drain to a Positive Contribution

“Asking for help, maybe for some, is a weakness. I know it is for me. I have that fear of being looked at. Of, I’m not smart enough, good enough, worthy enough, all those things that come with fear. I encourage people to ask for help, to make the next right decision/choice.” ~Crystal Mourlas Jaun, former felon

Forgiveness is a fundamental value to human relationships. Whether it’s a loved one, a co-worker, or a friend, providing a second chance is human nature. We’ve all done it. But what if that person is a former inmate? Does that change the story?

A study by Oregon’s Criminal Justice Commission states that 43% of inmates released from prison or have a felony jail sentence were convicted of a new crime within three years (19% recidivism). The reasons are many, but the impact is significant – on the economy, on families, and on our communities.

In today’s world of diversity and inclusion, what’s our role, as a society member, to help individuals transition back into our community. Join an open discussion with a former inmates Crystal Mourlas Jaun (Dave’s Killer Bread), Brian Dunning (science writer behind the award-winning Skeptoid podcast) and Jeff Pickens, Deschutes County Adult Parole & Probation, talk about if and how we can change patterns and paradigms that benefit us all.

CRYSTAL MOURLAS JAUN
Community Outreach Coordinator
Dave’s Killer Bread

BRIAN DUNNING
Writer and Producer

Skeptoid Podcast

JEFF PICKENS
Supervisor
Deschutes County Adult Parole & Probation

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Cost: 
$25 members / $40 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

Registration closes at noon on Monday, December 17. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.

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