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THE HONORABLE JAMES M. DeLEON TO UNVEIL "OPERATION FRESH START" INITIATIVE AT FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 25 October 2014 – Sunday, 16 November 2014 will be a historic day for several reasons. The First Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys which will bring together individuals of all faiths and denominations for the purpose of embarking on a collaborative journey to effectively address the key challenges of violence, crime, poverty, hunger, Fatherlessness, the “school-to-prison” pipeline, and intolerance will be observed on Sunday, 16 November 2014. On Sunday, 16 November 2014, The Honorable James M. DeLeon will unveil a dynamic solutions-oriented multi-tiered initiative – “Operation Fresh Start” at the City of Philadelphia’s observance of the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys which will occur at the First Unitarian Church at 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 from 3:00 P.M. through 7:00 P.M. The observance is being hosted by Dr. Samuel Bernard Lackey, Jr. in conjunction with the “Sunday With Sam” program at the First Unitarian Church.


         
          Judge DeLeon will provide a brief overview of the multi-faceted components of “Operation Fresh Start” which is being heralded as a national model for resolving recidivism, stabilizing communities, and helping incarcerated individuals successfully navigate the arduous journey to healing, redemption, and reintegration. During his tenure as a jurist in the Criminal Division of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, Judge DeLeon has presided over thousands of court cases. He has served as Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court and is a past Chairman of the Security Committee for the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge DeLeon has practiced before the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Army Court of Review.

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