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CU Denver School of Public Affairs strives to be an educational resource by offering a number of timely and relevant events each year. Community members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to learn more about current topics and participate in ongoing discussions involving the fields of public administration, local governance, environmental sustainability, education and criminal justice. Consider joining us as we host subject experts and take a deeper look into the issues and opportunities facing local, state and national leaders. If you have questions about any of our events, please contact us at spa.events@ucdenver.edu.

March Criminal Justice Series Presents: Activism in Action with guest speaker Elisabeth Epps

| 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

In- Person

1380 Lawrence St.
Terrace Room, Second Floor
Denver, CO 80204
refreshments will be provided, masks are optional

Virtual
The virtual portion will take place from 5:30pm - 6:30pm via Zoom webinar
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The final event in our Activism in Action theme of the Criminal Justice Event Series features Elisabeth Epps, who established the Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) in 2018. The CFF is comprised of abolitionists who are trying to work themselves out of existence. They support litigation, legislation, and direct action to end wealth-based pre-trial detention, and the fund, itself, is used to pay cash bail in full for individuals who cannot afford to pay it themselves. It has paid bail amounts from $50 to $50,000. After CFF pays bail, they work with released individuals to ensure they attend their court dates and have their cases resolved.

The CFF’s work is meaningful in a number of ways: It illuminates how a structural feature of the criminal justice system is set up to criminalize poverty, and more directly, it provides individuals accused but not convicted of crimes with their freedom prior to their trials or plea bargains. People who are free prior to the resolution of their cases are able to maintain their health, housing, family and other relationships, and employment. Also, they have better case outcomes, as well in that they are more likely to have their cases dismissed and less likely to plead guilty.

This event will be recorded for anyone unable to attend.

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March Criminal Justice Series Presents: Activism in Action with guest speaker Elisabeth Epps

| 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Cost/fee: Free

In- Person

1380 Lawrence St.
Terrace Room, Second Floor
Denver, CO 80204
refreshments will be provided, masks are optional

Virtual
The virtual portion will take place from 5:30pm - 6:30pm via Zoom webinar
_____________________________________________________________________

The final event in our Activism in Action theme of the Criminal Justice Event Series features Elisabeth Epps, who established the Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) in 2018. The CFF is comprised of abolitionists who are trying to work themselves out of existence. They support litigation, legislation, and direct action to end wealth-based pre-trial detention, and the fund, itself, is used to pay cash bail in full for individuals who cannot afford to pay it themselves. It has paid bail amounts from $50 to $50,000. After CFF pays bail, they work with released individuals to ensure they attend their court dates and have their cases resolved.

The CFF’s work is meaningful in a number of ways: It illuminates how a structural feature of the criminal justice system is set up to criminalize poverty, and more directly, it provides individuals accused but not convicted of crimes with their freedom prior to their trials or plea bargains. People who are free prior to the resolution of their cases are able to maintain their health, housing, family and other relationships, and employment. Also, they have better case outcomes, as well in that they are more likely to have their cases dismissed and less likely to plead guilty.

This event will be recorded for anyone unable to attend.
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