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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.

Born In Prison, How One Woman Used Her Trauma To Write The Post Traumatic Prison Disorder Act []


By Amanda Nguyen, Forbes, May 13, 2021

“I was born in prison, rented to the foster care system, then leased back to prison.”

After she was born to an incarcerated mother and faced an unstable childhood, Shawanna Vaughn found herself back behind bars by the age of 17.

“Walking into prison at 17 was the most traumatic experience of my life,” she remembers. She shared a cell with convicted murderers, mothers and young women.

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Thank you, Shawanna, for sharing your story and your continued fight to advocate for our residents incarcerated and those transitioning back into society.  Mental illness is isolating and what people don't understand is that trauma may be a fact of life, but it does not have to be a life sentence, and you are walking and living proof of that.

Thank you!  Don't ever grow tire; it's a hard system, I know, to break through, but your voice is being heard.  I'm sharing your article on Blameless' FB page, okay?

Keep being Beautiful You!

Blessings and Strength, Tammy

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