District Attorney Brian Mason to Read Motus Theater Monologist Juaquin Mobley’s Story About Racial Bias in Colorado Sentencing and his Struggle to Find a Job Once Labeled a Felon
Brighton, CO– Motus Theater has announced a virtual performance featuring 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason expressing moral courage and civic hospitality as he reads aloud, and reflects upon, the personal story of Juaquin Mobley. Mobley is one of Motus Theater’sJustUs monologists and spent nearly a decade incarcerated in Colorado before becoming Vice President of Community Works. The story being read illustrates the struggle to find employment following a felony conviction and incarceration and recounts Mobley’s experience of racial bias in sentencing in Colorado.
This performance is part of a series in which Motus Theater partners with District Attorney’s offices across the state to stimulate reflection upon current injustices within the criminal legal system and envision new opportunities for true justice.
“As a leader within the criminal justice system, I strive to see it through the eyes of others,” said Mason. “The stories of the MotusJustUs project should serve as a guide for individuals in my position. For those of us who wish to improve upon the current system, we must embrace the experiences of others – positive and negative – in pursuit of a fair and equitable criminal justice system for all.”
The reading will be accompanied by a conversation between Mason and Mobley during which they reflect upon the impact of the experience, both personally and professionally, and share any resulting insights. An audience Q&A will be offered to wrap up the performance.
“As formerly incarcerated individuals, we rarely have a chance to tell our stories,” said Mobley. “Motus Theater’sJustUs project has given us the opportunity to share aloud the truth that is not found in traditional media nor portrayed in the pervasive narratives of crime and justice. We welcome Brian Mason to sit in the circle with us, experience the system through our eyes and help to envision a new way of justice in this country.”
Spirit of Grace, the renowned a cappella group that tours nationally with the Flobots, will join the performance to provide a healing musical response and a space for the monologist, reader, and audience to imagine a more just criminal legal system.
The free performance will be streamed via Zoom on July 15 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. To register for this event, visit http://bit.ly/justus715.
District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.