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CWU Point of View Series Resumes With Criminal Justice Discussion

Ways to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system will be discussed at the next presentation in the CWU Department of Law and Justice Point of View series, “Hidden Colors and Rules of Racism.” The Tuesday, October 27, discussion will be led by Seattle Police Department (SPD) Detective Kim Bogucki.

“This opportunity to engage in a conversation about the morality and the economics of helping people thrive when they are released from prison is timely and important to all communities in Washington,” said Christine Henderson, CWU Law and Justice lecturer.

The Zoom presentation, scheduled for 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Bogucki is a 32-year SPD veteran and co-founder of The If Project, which involves law enforcement, current and previously incarcerated individuals, and community leaders. Through creating a dialogue around issues of social justice between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve, the project’s goal is to build community, reduce misperceptions, and deter recidivism and future incarceration.

The If Project encourages current and former inmates to share intimate accounts of their experiences through writing and video diaries. This process creates a knowledge base that can help educate communities and reduce the cycle of crime.  

Bogucki is a member of a gender-responsive initiative with the Washington State Department of Corrections. She is a recent member of the Greater Seattle Business Association board of directors and now serves as an officer liaison to its LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer or questioning) Advisory Council. She currently serves on the board for the Washington State Correctional Industries, and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to both of his Re-Entry and Ending Youth Homelessness task forces.

Bogucki speaks internationally about Criminal Justice Reform and has delivered three TEDx Talks that are available online.

The Point of View series was conceived and developed by students in the CWU Westside/Online Law and Justice Club, with the intent of studying, learning, collaborating, and developing strategies for change within the law and justice systems.