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Jeremiah Bourgeois -- Consultant
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About: At age 14, Jeremiah Bourgeois became one of the youngest children in the United States to be sentenced to life without parole. He was freed after 27 years due to the US Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama (2012), and six months later he became a law student at Gonzaga University School of Law. While confined, he wrote articles in law journals, was cited as secondary authority by an intermediate appellate court, became a columnist for a criminal justice news site, and was the first imprisoned person to become a member of Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers. Upon being freed, he began lecturing at law schools, to legislators, and at corporate law offices. Six months later he became a JD candidate at Gonzaga University School of Law.
Karen Gedney MD -- Advocate for Prison Reform
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About: Karen Gedney MD, Internist, prison physician. Author of '30 Years Behind Bars', speaker, mentor, consultant and advocate for holistic prison reform. Noted as one of the best in the business by the American Correctional Society, awarded Nevada's Heroes for Humanity award for her work in HIV, and chosen to be the first recipient of the 'Service to Society Award,' by Clark University, MA. Dynamic, unique speaker who survived being a hostage in prison and turned her crisis into a calling that motivates others to take part in solving complex societal problems like mass incarceration.
 




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