Secretary Wetzel is widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in corrections today. He is national consultant and speaker whose areas of expertise include staffing, vulnerability assessment, mentally ill offenders, developing employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated offenders, population management, mitigating impacts on the families/children of incarcerated individuals and effecting system change.
With nearly 25 years of experience, he currently serves as the 11th secretary of corrections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His tenure has included an elimination of a 24-year average growth of 1,500 inmates per year, presiding over the first population reduction in PA in more than four decades.
He is a member of Harvard’s Executive Session on Community Corrections, which is a joint project of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). He is married with four daughters.
Lisa Graybill is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Deputy Legal Director for Mass Incarceration. In this capacity she oversees SPLC’s work to reverse the “New Jim Crow” and eliminate the structural racism entrenched in the policing, sentencing, imprisonment, and post-conviction practices of states in the Deep South through litigation, legislation, and public education.
Lisa’s previous experience includes teaching civil rights and immigration practice in the clinical programs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; serving as the Legal Director for the ACLU of Texas; and working on police and prison conditions cases as a Trial Attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. A native Texan, Lisa clerked for a federal judge in New Jersey after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law and Smith College.
Monday, April 25th 2016
$15/per person ($10/students)
Journalists invited free of charge
Lunch is included
Widener University Commonwealth School of Law
Administration Building, Room A180
3737 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110
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