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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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Pathways to Resilience Learning Network Session: How Trauma-Informed Courts Can Promote Healing and Resilience

Join Pathways to Resilience on Thursday, December 15 at 3 PM ET to hear about how courts in Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee have implemented trauma-informed policies and programs to better support children and families. Many individuals who interact with the justice system have experienced significant trauma. To mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and improve long-term outcomes, some courts have developed programs and policies that train court personnel on the effects...

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

The Foundation’s juvenile justice reform agenda is designed to improve the odds that at-risk youth can make successful transitions to adulthood. We are working to create a system that locks up fewer youth and relies more on proven, family-focused interventions that create opportunities for positive youth development. To learn more, visit .

48-Hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program- COHORT 1 & 2

New!! 48-HOUR HISTORICAL TRAUMA SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION in collaboration with THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAUMA ASSOCIATION We are the only entity offering a comprehensive, 48-hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program. The Program is broken into 6 levels and is built on a foundation of BIPOC cultures and neurobiology. It is taught from a multicultural perspective, injecting traditions and ideology from various cultures from around the world. In this inclusive study we rely...

Better laws, less punishment, more freedom – from Cuba to Oklahoma []

By Nick Roll, Photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP/File, Christian Science Monitor, October 24, 2022 1. United States Oklahoma has reduced its prison population by 21% over the last five years. Through a series of legislative reforms and voter initiatives, Oklahoma eliminated prison time for some low-level drug and property offenses, and reduced the length of sentences for other crimes. A community-led campaign called Project Commutation has helped people with long sentences have them commuted. And a...

Ask the Community

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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