Reentry Summit

December 4th, 2019

Phoenix, AZ

The Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is sponsoring the Summit on Reentry concerns in our criminal justice system (Summit). Though Arizona’s three-year recidivism rate of 39 percent is lower than the national average of 50 percent, those returning to society after prison often lack the resources to establish themselves in the outside world (Wright, K., 2018, Arizona Town Hall, Criminal Justice in Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona). This Summit seeks to provide insight on barriers to reentry that inmates face in Arizona and nationally, including reentry successes, failures, and where improvements can be made. Topics will range from barriers to housing and employment upon reentry, to mental health and drug treatment.

The Reentry Summit will take place on December 4, 2019, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Event Agenda:

Confirmed Speakers:


  • Kurt Altman, former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and Assistant United States Attorney
  • Frantz Beasley, Arizona Common Ground
  • Valena Elizabeth Beety, Law Professor, Deputy Director Academy for Justice, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Affiliated Faculty, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Walter J. Blackman, Arizona House of Representatives, District 6
  • Mary Lou Brncik, Founder and President of David’s Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Douglas W. Burris, Chief Probation Officer, Ret., St. Louis, MO
  • Alyssa Chamberlain, ASU Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Darren Chapman, CEO and Founder of Tiger Mountain Foundation
  • Aaron Cheatham, Reentry Manager Hickmans Eggs
  • Colleen Clase, Chief Counsel, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims
  • Nicholas Crapser, Deputy Director Sponsors, Inc., Eugene Oregon
  • Keith Diggs, Institute for Justice
  • Asava Dunn, Assistant Executive Director, The House That Love Built
  • Hank Fradella, Professor and Associate Director at Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Karen Hellman, Division Director Arizona Department of Corrections, Inmate Programs and Reentry
  • Pastor Eric Jenkins, Chairman and CEO Streets of Joy
  • Margaret Kilman, Senior Program Manager, CSH
  • Karen Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services
  • Ojmarrh Mitchell, Associate Professor of Criminology at Arizona State University
  • Pat Nolan, Center for Justice Reform, American Conservative Union Foundation
  • Mary Page, Community Transition Manager, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services
  • Maria P. Renteria, Unit Supervisor, Pima County Adult Probation
  • Khalil Rushdan, Community Partnership Coordinator, ACLU
  • David Sanders, Chief Probation Officer, Pima County
  • Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., President, African American Clergy Coalition
  • Dr. Nicole Taylor, Mental Health Director, Arizona Department of Corrections
  • Tim Tucker, Deputy Administrator for Workforce Development, Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Jason Walker, Reentry Division Director, Maricopa County Adult Probation-Reentry
  • Kathy Waters, Division Director, Arizona Supreme Court