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Pet Lee, Lynn Lee and Charletta Evans spoke on "Program Successions in Colorado."

Pete Lee, Colorado State Representative, District 18, and his wife Lynn have long been supporters of restorative justice. A former attorney, small business owner, corporate executive, and philanthropist, Representative Lee sees his role akin to how Thomas Jefferson viewed his work – being a “citizen public servant” – bringing real-world experience to a public office for the benefit of the community.
Pete’s philanthropic work in the community includes serving as a board member and chair for Workout, Ld., a local juvenile justice program that focuses on finding jobs for young people with legal troubles. Under Pete’s leadership, the organization was able to return 80% of the teens’ wages to their victims. In total, more than 10,000 young people participated with $2 million returned to the community over a 30 year span. In addition, the re-arrest rate for these individuals has been less than 7%.
Lynn Lee serves as Chair of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council and has received the John Gallagher Restorative Justice Volunteer of the Year award for her work as a trained facilitator of victim offender conferences.
One of Pete’s accomplishments since becoming a State Representative in 2011 is the establishment of Colorado’s Restorative Justice Bill. Through this initiative, victims and their families are given the opportunity to meet with their offenders. One of the individuals who spoke in support of this legislation was Sharletta Evans.
A Certified Addiction Counselor, Sharletta lost her three-year old son Casson in a drive-by shooting in 1995. To help herself through the grieving and healing process and to address the need for restorative justice initiatives, Sharletta founded the Red Cross Blue Shield Gang Prevention Inc., a non-profit, faith-based organization offering an alternative to gangs and activities for youth in the Aurora and Denver, CO areas.
Some of the organization’s programs include summer camps, after school tutoring, community and youth outreach, gang prevention education, and parenting workshops. The programs focus on mind development, self-awareness, role playing, and making better choices.
On June 19-21, 2013, nearly 500 leading international academics, practitioners, and activists in the fields of restorative and racial justice traveled to Toledo, Ohio, for an important historic event – the Fourth National Restorative Justice Conference. As co-hosts and sponsors, Lourdes University and The University of Toledo Foundation were proud and excited to be part of this relevant and important event.
The conference was held at the hotel at UTMC.
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