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Promoting Justice

A Speaker and Discussion Series hosted by the Ombuds for Corrections

Promoting Justice Legislative Advocacy (photo of MN State Capitol by Paul Battaglia)

What: Legislative Advocacy - Changing Policy, Changing Lives
When: Tuesday, December 7, Noon - 1:30
How: Zoom
Special Guests: Del Shea Perry and Gina Evans
Format: Noon to 1:00 PM for presentation; 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM for discussion and questions.
Real systems change often requires action at the legislative level. Join us for a presentation and discussion on how that change happens.
Special guests Del Shea Perry and Gina Evans will join Ombuds Haase for a panel discussion about their experience advocating for legislative change. 

  • Del Shea Perry is the founder of Be Their Voices, a non-profit organization who advocates for those incarcerated or who were once incarcerated and were neglected, abused, or murdered.  After the death of her son Hardel Sherrell while in jail custody, Ms. Perry's advocacy and leadership helped to pass jail reform legislation in Minnesota known as the Hardel Sherrell Act. 
  • Gina Evans is the Director Of Advocacy at MN Adult and Teen Challenge and Secretary of the board of directors of MN Second Chance Coalition. She has over 20 years of experience in corrections and substance use disorder advocacy. Over the years, Ms. Evans has been instrumental in legislation for everything from alternatives to incarceration and funding for the Ombudsperson office to DHS Background Study Disqualifications. 
Agenda includes:
  • OBFC Legislative Priorities
  • Community Change Advocates 
    • Special guests Del Shea Perry and Gina Evans will join Ombuds Haase to discuss their experience advocating for legislative change. 
  • Community Organizations' Legislative Platforms
    • We have invited community groups to share up to two minutes about their upcoming legislative proposals. 

Register for the Zoom event here.

If you are interested in sharing your organization's legislative platform related to corrections, to request reasonable accommodations, or for questions, please email
The mission of the OBFC is to promote the highest attainable standards of competence, efficiency, and justice in the administration of corrections. The office is hosting an ongoing series of speakers and discussions to educate and inform stakeholders and the public about promising practices and relevant issues highlighting people, organizations, models, and ideas that promote the highest standards of justice. Sign up for more information about upcoming events and updates from our office here.
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