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Jails and Trauma: The Need for Trauma-Informed Practices in Local Justice Systems
January 16, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 9:30 am EST

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Capitol Visitor’s Center, SVC 208

1:15p.m. – 2:30p.m.


********* Lunch Provided *********


Many incarcerated people have experienced a significant history of trauma and victimization. Traumatic experiences can lead to serious substance abuse and mental health disorders, which often land individuals in the justice system. Incarcerated women in particular report experiencing startlingly high levels of trauma and abuse – 86% report experiencing sexual violence in their lifetime, 77% report partner violence, and 60% report caregiver violence.


Too often, jails are ill-equipped to detect trauma or respond appropriately to victims’ needs. Jails may have harsh environments and allow de-humanizing or even abusive treatment of incarcerated people that mirror past traumatic events, creating further harm. This briefing will explore these issues, along with the steps jurisdictions can take to improve conditions of confinement and expand alternatives to incarceration, and the crucial role that federal resources play.




Nancy Fishman

Project Director, Center on Sentencing & Corrections

Vera Institute of Justice


Featured Speakers


Toni Bunton

Advocate & Mentor, Just Leadership USA


Travis Parker

Senior Project Associate, Policy Research Associates, Inc.


Erika Preuitt

Director, Adult Services Division, Department of Community Justice

Multnomah County, Oregon

President, American Probation and Parole Association


Tom Reed

Regional Attorney Manager, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin





January 16, 2018
8:15 am - 9:30 am


Vera Institute for Justice


Capitol Visitor Center
, Rm. SVC 212-10 First St NE
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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