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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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John Legend wants to transform the criminal justice system, one DA at a time (

John Legend is an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning entertainer, who recently kicked off a Las Vegas residency and just released a new single. But he's also a well-known activist and advocate for criminal justice reform and voting rights who has supported a number of Democratic candidates over the years. He's also throwing his support behind a number of progressive prosecutors who are running on a promise to reform a criminal justice system that they say is outdated and that...

Her father went to prison - so she went to law school (

The first time Teeanna Brisco saw her father after he was released from prison was just before her law school graduation, when she picked him up from the airport. Bernard Brisco had been imprisoned for 20 years for non-violent drug crimes, sentenced in 2001 for selling cocaine. His daughter was just four years old. Mr Brisco, now 53, was given the lengthy sentence because of the so-called "three-strikes" sentencing law. Under the policy, which was implemented in the US in 1994, judges had to...

These California Moms Demand Treatment, Not Torture (

#MomsAgainstTorture is a movement led by Gina Burns, Cheryl Canson and other mothers of vulnerable Californians who were incarcerated even though they were not restored to competence after being deemed incompetent to stand trial. In this conversation, they share the purpose and aims of their movement. Amanda Nguyen: How did you get started in this work? Gina Burns and Cheryl Canson: As a matter of survival. The impacted Black and Indigenous moms who founded #MomsAgainstTorture have been...

Ask the Community

Mental Health support for ex-offenders

Hi All, I am starting an initiative to give a free hypnotherapy session to ex-offenders in exchange for a their testimonial for data collection on mental health support to stable rehabilitation. I am a RTT hypnotherapist, based in London. I offer the sessions online. Please find the details on the flyer below. Feel free to pass it on to anyone who might benefit from this initiative. Thank you.Read More...

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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