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ACEs 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 communityΒ and reduced recidivism forΒ former offenders.

Female imprisonment rates are increasing. So, too, are the number of children with incarcerated parents []


By Sabra Ayres, Spectrum News 1, April 12, 2021

When Nadia Kerr joined a program for incarcerated mothers a year into her 20-year prison sentence, she hoped it would help her maintain some kind of relationship with her two daughters while she did her time.

At first, the visitations with her daughters, organized by Girls Embracing Mothers, a Dallas-based nonprofit, kept Kerr out of trouble in the Hilltop Unit Prison for Women in Gatesville, Texas.

The visits allowed Kerr to hug and to talk with her daughters, Meghan, then 7, and Aaryn, then 4. During the four-hour visits, they shared lunch and Kerr brushed and braided their hair. They did art therapy sessions together that inevitably ended in keepsake artwork by the girls to decorate Kerr’s cell walls.

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