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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.
Project Director, Center on Sentencing & Corrections
Vera Institute of Justice
Advocate & Mentor, Just Leadership USA
Senior Project Associate, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Director, Adult Services Division, Department of Community Justice
Multnomah County, Oregon
President, American Probation and Parole Association
Regional Attorney Manager, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin