2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Life After Life: Adjustment to Life in the Community After Serving a Life Sentence

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Join this panel discussion with men and women who were sentenced by the Maryland Courts to serve life sentences, but who were released after spending decades behind bars. In the past few years, more than 188 Maryland residents sentenced to life imprisonment have been released as a result of a 2012 court decision (Unger v. Maryland), and others have had their sentences modified or commuted, which resulted in their release after serving decades. They will talk about adjustment to society after serving decades in prison. These panelists will share their personal stories of endurance as well as how they have developed and designed strategies to help others through faith, education, activism, treatment, and support. These men and women had hope, even when there did not appear to be a realistic possibility of getting out. Hear their stories of strength and survival.


Olinda Moyd

Chief, Parole Division, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Olinda Moyd is chief attorney of the Parole Division at the D.C. Public Defender Service. She has been an attorney at PDS since January 1990, initially assigned to the Prisoner’s Rights Division. In this capacity, Olinda represented D.C. residents imprisoned in Lorton, Virginia... Read More →


Mary Brown-Bey

Activist, n/a
Mary Brown-Bey is founder/speaker/facilitator of Lazarus Rite, which has a returning citizen component. She is an advocate for juvenile justice, alternatives to violence, reentry, justice policy proponents, and returning citizens. She has served the community for more than 10 years... Read More →

John Huffington

Business Developer, Kinetic Capital
John Huffington works with the Business Development for Kinetic Capital, but for the last 4.5 years he served as the director of workforce development for the Living Classrooms Foundation, where he is responsible for directing Workforce Development/Job Training efforts for the Re-Entry... Read More →

Walter Lomax

Executive Director, Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative
Walter Lomax currently serves as executive director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, an organization whose mission is to advocate and promote humane and sensible criminal justice and sentencing policies. The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative was inspired after... Read More →

Calvin Robinson-Bey

Paralegal, n/a
In 1981, Calvin Robinson-Bey was sentenced in Maryland to a life sentence for a crime that he didn’t commit. While incarcerated for more than 33 years, he taught himself the ins and outs of criminal law. He succeeded in having his conviction and sentence vacated, and he was released... Read More →

Warren Rymes

Founder, 3R Consulting Company
Warren Rymes currently works with the Interfaith Action Human Rights Committee, an organization dedicated to using action, education, and advocacy to eliminate the practice of prolonged solitary confinement of prisoners. At the Committee, Warren also focuses on mental health reform... Read More →

Fasika Delessa

Paralegal, Maryland Legal Aid
Fasika Delessa is currently a paralegal with Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Initiative. She works with her team to bring free civil legal services to individuals throughout Baltimore City and statewide with the rapidly growing Lawyer in the Library program. Before joining... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor

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