Diversion Programs

2:25-3:30pm, 1st floor

Incarceration is difficult to recover from.

In this session, speakers will discuss the potential for diversion programs to help folks avoid a criminal record, and stay contributing members of society.

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Dr. Mike Nerenberg, Access Point Pueblo

Dr. Nerenberg is a retired emergency room physician who practiced in Pueblo for over 24 years. In his retirement, he has applied his medical expertise to harm reduction initiatives and evidence-based substance abuse treatment modalities. He serves as the Vice President of the Pueblo City-County Board of Health and was instrumental in founding Access Point Pueblo, the sterile syringe access program affiliated with the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, where he volunteers. He also serves as one of Gov. Hickenlooper’s appointees to the Colorado HIV Commission for Prevention, Treatment and Care. 

Helen Morgan, Denver District Attorney Candidate

Helen E. Morgan joined the Denver District Attorney's Office in 1994 as a deputy district attorney where she worked in the county, juvenile, drug and gang divisions until she was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2001.  As a Chief Deputy District Attorney she supervised a district court courtroom until she was assigned to head a state-wide prosecution of a white supremacist prison gang in 2004.  In 2006 Ms. Morgan became the Chief of the District Attorney's Drug Unit. Ms. Morgan continued to supervise the deputies and staff in the District Attorney's Drug Unit until January 2010 when she once again became Chief of a district court courtroom.

Beth McCann, State Representative HD8

Beth McCann is currently a state representative representing central and northeast Denver. She is the Democratic candidate for Denver District Attorney. Beth spent several years as a deputy and chief deputy district attorney in Denver and also served as Denver's Manager of Safety with Mayor Webb. She started the Safe City program after the Summer of Violence to support community based programs to keep young people away from gangs, drugs, and violence. She supervised trial attorneys in the Attorney General's office before running for elected office. She is interested in juvenile justice reform, addressing mass incarceration, building trust between the community and law enforcement, and increasing transparency and accountability in the District Attorney's office. 

Angell Perez, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program

Angell Pérez has extensive experience in youth development and community organizing. Angell served as the Director of Teen and Outreach Programs at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver for 5 years and previous to that she was the Program Manager for Denver City and County’s Youth Opportunity Girls Empowerment Program for 5 years under Mayor Wellington Web’s Administration. Angell has also worked at other local community organizations in the Denver area such as Mi Casa Resource Center and Denver Area Youth Services. Angell is also an alumni of the Community Resource Center's Non-Profit Leadership and Managment Program, the Spirit In Action; Standing In Our Power Transformative Leadership for Women of Color in Social Justice Program and The Denver Foundation's Executive Directors of Color Institute.