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Discussion and sharing of resources in working with clients involved in the criminal justice system and how screening for and treating ACEs will lead to successful re-entry of prisoners into the community and reduced recidivism for former offenders.

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Interrupting Cycles of Harm, Inside and Outside Prison Walls (

The connection between trauma and incarceration runs deep. ILLUSTRATION BY KEITH BISHOP/GETTY IMAGES To read more of Allen Arthur's article, please click here. Shawanna Vaughn fights prisons with equal amounts of forgiveness and fury. The forgiveness she offers is one that she hopes everyone will embrace — one that sees people who have committed harm as wounded, not evil, and that can become the basis for prioritizing healing over punishment. She even extends forgiveness to the man who...

How Jail and Prison In-Reach Programs Improve Housing Outcomes and Reduce Recidivism []

By Rudy Perez, Photo: Aaron/LA Photography/Shutterstock, Housing Matters, April 12, 2023 Every year, nearly 10 million people are released from prisons and jails in the United States. Formerly incarcerated people face significant barriers to reentry, such as challenges securing stable employment, housing, public benefits and access to education and the denial of voting rights. Because of the revolving door of homelessness and incarceration , many people in jail or prisons either experienced...

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Speaker for Collaborative Treatment Court training in OC

Hello Community, Seeking potential ACES/trauma in criminal justice SME to speak at an annual OC collaborative court training. Dec 3rd in Irvine area, audience of Judges, Pub Def, DA's, clinicians, court administrators, etc of 50-75 people. Collaborative court clients are adults with specialty courts serving issues of mental health, substance abuse, Veterans, homelessness, etc. Confirmation on honorarium pending. Please contact me with any referrals, suggestions or questions. Thank youRead More...
Hello all, If you work with domestic violence victims, I would be grateful for your assistance completing a brief survey. I have decided to adapt my children’s book: "Monty's Day in Court: What to expect when you have to testify in court”, for children who may have to testify regarding domestic violence they have witnessed. Thank you valuable feedback and generosity in completing this survey: Thank you for the work that you do, Jessica Miles ...Read More...

Articles on ACEs in the criminal justice system

Hi, My name is Jónína and Im new to the ACE community, I am finishing my first semester in my master program in clinical psychology at Reykjavik University in Iceland. I stumbled upon this site and thought it might be a good idea to start a small discussion where we could share knowledge about ACEs in the criminal justice system. For my masters thesis I am going to write about ACEs in prison population in Iceland and look into quality of life and substance use. I am just starting to dig into...Read More...
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