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PACEs in the Criminal Justice System

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.

August 2021

New Washington Laws Aim to Interrupt Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline [imprintnews.org]

By Elizabeth Amon, The Imprint, August 9, 2021 What unites the group of imprisoned men seeking change isn’t addiction recovery, making amends or anger management. Instead, it’s a shared childhood experience: foster care. “State-Raised” is the name of the group they’ve formed with the goal of disrupting the foster care-to-prison pipeline. Washington legislation passed this spring is designed to help that mission, the group’s founder Arthur Longworth said on a recent call from the Monroe...

How I Survived Prison With Native Spirituality and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (yesmagazine.org)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 , the TV show with movie-riffing puppets from the early 1990s, whose theme song began this way, became an important part of my life in 1992. I was an inmate at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Washington, and discovered the show while flipping through the channels on the tiny TV in my cell. I was doing 22 months on forgery and drug possession charges and, as an Alaska Native member of the Tlingit tribe, I had joined the prison’s Native American...

From Crime to Care — On the Front Lines of Decarceration [nejm.org]

By Nathaniel P. Morris, The New England Journal of Medicine, July 29, 2021 When I became a physician, I was not expecting to learn so much about ankle monitors. Over the past few years, I have worked in clinics caring for patients with mental disorders, substance use disorders, or both, many of whom remain under criminal justice supervision in the community after arrest or incarceration. Some of these devices have Global Positioning System capabilities, allowing law enforcement officers to...

Removing Barriers to Success Created by the Criminal Justice System [barrons.com]

By Abby Schultz, Barron's, July 31, 2021 For people who have served prison time, the penalties never end. The California-based national nonprofit Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) coined a term to describe what many of these people face: post-conviction poverty. After completing a sentence, and being freed from prison, a formerly convicted individual encounters thousands of restrictions depending on where they live that make it challenging to reintegrate into society. They may not be...

Removing Barriers to Success Created by the Criminal Justice System (barrons.com)

For people who have served prison time, the penalties never end. The California-based national nonprofit Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) coined a term to describe what many of these people face: post-conviction poverty. After completing a sentence, and being freed from prison, a formerly convicted individual encounters thousands of restrictions depending on where they live that make it challenging to reintegrate into society. They may not be able to vote, get a driver’s license, or,...

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