Criminal Justice Reform in Biblical Perspective: Pathways for Positive Change with Richelle Bryan
About The Video
Richelle Bryan has worked for many years advocating for change in the criminal justice system, particularly how the system incarcerates individuals and how incarceration impacts those individuals’ families. Richelle holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Talbot School of Theology and currently works at Prison Fellowship, a national organization that “believes that a restorative approach to prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime can make communities safer and healthier.” Richelle will discuss how biblical teachings speak to the issue of criminal justice reform and will focus on the topic of mass incarceration.
Damon Preston ‘94 is the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Public Advocate, the leader of its statewide public defender system. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Damon began his career as a public defender in the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York City. He returned to his home state in 1997 to join the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) and worked as a trial and appellate public defender for two decades before being appointed Public Advocate in 2017. In addition to work through DPA, Damon serves on the boards of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund and is a past chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.