Hello everyone and welcome back to CJ Evolution. Thank you all for the continued support. We continue to grow because of you! A special thanks to all the brave men and women who work in the Criminal Justice field. You all are doing a fantastic job, keep up the good work.

In this episode, Patrick welcomes Christopher Poulos. He is an attorney who was appointed Executive Director of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council (Council) on October 1, 2017 by Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender and the Council. He was confirmed unanimously in this role by the Washington State Senate. Previoulsy, Christopher served as Executive Director of Life of Purpose Treatment at the University of North Texas, where was also an adjunct professor of criminal justice. During law school, he served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Christopher openly identifies as a person in long-term recovery from addiction who has also been incarcerated. Over a decade ago, he made a decision to seek help and has maintained his recovery since. The U.S Department of Justice selected him to consult for a project documenting the nation's first most successful people to have reentered society following incarceration. His work and story have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Hill, and other media outlets. He also gave a TED Talk on reentry and his personal journey in 2015. Christopher is also very involved in sentencing solutions and alternatives, and you can find information here: https://www.sentencingproject.org/stories/christopher-poulos/

Patrick and Christopher talk about a wide variety of issues in the criminal justice system and possible solutions, as well as suggestions on how to create better relationships with the community and law enforcement. A great interview!

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