SFL — Reforming Criminal Justice With Blake Feldman and Katrina Haffner

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Tonight, your host for your SFL show is Katrina Haffner. Katrina is the Senior Campus Coordinator from Western Washington University.

Her guest is Blake Feldman, the Advocacy Coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi.

Blake will be speaking at the Portland Regional Conference on reforming criminal justice and rolling back mass incarceration.

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