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Saturday, October 17 • 1:55pm - 2:55pm
Mental Health & the Carceral System: A Conversation About Stigma, Criminalization and Imprisonment

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This panel and workshop will address how mental illness and the prison system intersect. Mental illness is highly criminalized in our communities - especially for Black people and other people of color. This criminalization and stigma are made further blatant by the poor treatment of mental illness inside prisons. The panelists will speak from their lived and/or professional experience, having either spent time in Washington state jails and prisons or worked alongside those who have. Panelists will then ask participants to reflect in small groups. We’ll end with a share-out of thoughts and additional resources.


Kevin L. Allen, SUDPT

Student Assistant; Multi-Cultural Center, Post Prison Education Program; Bellevue College
Kevin L. Allen, SUDPT (he/him) was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorder in his 30’s. He has lived with co-occurring substance use disorder for over 40 years. In dealing with the disease, he has been in and out of inpatient mental health and substance rehabs along with multiple... Read More →

Steven Allgoewer

Chief Managing Officer, Black Prisoners' Caucus
Steven Allgoewer (he/him) is the Chief Managing Officer of the Black Prisoners’ Caucus and a Law, Economics & Public Policy student at the University of Washington. Steven has been diagnosed with bi polar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and borderline personality disorder, and was in prison... Read More →

Taylor Buck, MA

Director, Post Prison Education Program
Taylor Buck, M.A. (they/them) is the Director of Applicant & Student Services at the Post-Prison Education Program. Prior to PPEP, they did street-based work with queer and trans youth in Chicago, as well as housing-first work with women who were chronically houseless and diagnosed... Read More →

Rachael Seevers, JD

Attorney, Disability Rights Washington
Rachael Seevers, J.D. (she/her) joined Disability Rights Washington as an attorney in 2013 and has been a program attorney for DRW’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program since 2014. Her work with AVID focuses on individual and systemic advocacy in Washington’s... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm PDT
Session C Room https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscu-uqTkrGt2-ccBUcTBOYATcG60UEhCw