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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 2023

The highest cost of a 15-minute call from a local jail by state (

To access the Prison Policy Initiative website, please click here. Data Source: See the Methodology section of State of Phone Justice: Local jails, state prisons and private phone providers for complete data sourcing. (Graph: Peter Wagner and Alexi Jones, 2019) This graph originally appeared in State of Phone Justice: Local jails, state prisons and private phone providers . As of November 2018, in more than half of states, the highest in-state 15 minute call costs more than $10, and in 15...

What the New Wave of Prison Art Tells Us About Incarceration Today []

Sable Elyse Smith’s “Backbend” (2019) on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. MAURICE CHAMMAH/THE MARSHALL PROJECT By Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project, August 12, 2023 At first glance, the “Federal Prison Inmate Activity Book” looks like something a child might get at a fast food restaurant. But then you see that the word search puzzle includes terms like “larceny” and “embezzle.” On another page, above drawings of a panda and a one-eyed snake,...

Review of “First 60 Days” booklet: Leveraging author’s work and movement could spark revolution to prevent and heal trauma, one precious baby, child, and caregiver at a time.

(This is a review of what I believe is an important new resource for the PACEs [for positive and adverse childhood experiences] science movement. Opinions expressed are my own, and are shared as a parent, advocate, author, and longtime student of trauma, healing, and prevention. Thoughts are also shared through my lens as someone who believes, deeply, in the incredible importance of and value in building healthier, more compassionate communities to support and nurture pregnant and new...

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