Hosts Criminal Justice Reform and Addiction Conference
Over 350 in attendance, including: Gov. Bill Lee, Alice Johnson
Nashville, Tennessee –Men of Valor, a prison ministry committed to reconciling men to God, their families and society hosted a criminal justice reform and addiction conference at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, before an overflow crowd of more than 350.
The all-day conference brought together elected officials, faith leaders, correctional officers, policymakers, and criminal justice and addiction specialists to shine a spotlight on Tennessee’s high recidivism and addiction rates while looking for solutions and best practices.
Among those participating in the conference included Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee’s 50thgovernor. Also speaking at the conference included Alice Johnson, a Memphis native who recently had her life sentence commuted and is now a leading advocate for criminal justice reform nationwide.
Raul Lopez, executive director of Men of Valor, released the following statement at the conclusion of the conference:
Besides having an all-star line-up of experts and faith leaders, we had more than 350 attendees who realize that we all have an important role to play if we want to drive down the recidivism rate and put an end to the addiction crisis tearing families apart and negatively impacting our localcommunities.”
Lopez went on to add:
“But as I told everyone at the conference, one conference is not going to solve this crisis. We need to take what we learned and share this with others to drive change.”
Partnering with Men of Valor at this conference included: Americans for Prosperity, Core Civic, Equal Justice USA, Freedom Works, Latinos for Tennessee, Prison Fellowship, Right on Crime, Tennessee Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.