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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.

Jail & Prison Resources

Addressing Correctional Officer Stress: Programs and Strategies

Source: NCJRS

Description: A guide to assist corrections administrators is addressing employee stress.



Art Behind Bars

Source: Psychology Today



Correctional Officer Wellness and Safety Literature Review

Source: Department of Justice and OJP Diagnostic Center

Description: A review of the research on correctional officer stress.



Creating a Place of Healing and Forgiveness: The Trauma-Informed Care Initiative at the Women's Community Correctional Center of Hawaii

Source: National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Description: The Trauma-Informed Care Initiative (TICI) is a unique collaboration among the facility administration, staff, and inmates; community non-profits; state and federal agencies; educators and researchers; and volunteers from churches and civic groups. Reducing the use of restraints and isolation has been a focus of the training and activities of TICI, since these interventions are likely to re-traumatize women who are trauma survivors and cause trauma responses in women who had not previously experienced trauma.



Creating Trauma-Informed Correctional Care: A Balance Of Goals And Environment

Source: European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Description: A clinical practice article by a Niki Miller, who works for the New Hampshire Dept. of Corrections, and Lisa Najavits, who developed Seeking Safety, a treatment program for PTSD and substances abuse. The authors explore the unique challenges and promises of trauma-informed correctional care and suggest strategies for administrative support, staff development, programming, and relevant clinical approaches.



Implementing Therapeutic Communities in Women’s Prisons

Source: Federal Probation (Journal)

Description: This article outlines and evaluates one therapeutic community (TC) treatment program in a women’s correctional environment.



In Prison We Care

Source: National Council Magazine

Description: On pg. 57, an interview of Lynn Bissonnette, Massachusetts Correctional Institution Superintendent, who describes her experience implementing Trauma-Informed Care in a women’s prison.



Law Enforcement Traumatic Stress: Clinical Syndromes and Intervention Strategies

Source: American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Description: An article about coping with traumatic stress in law enforcement.



Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Solitary and “Supermax” Confinement

Source: Crime & Delinquency (Journal)

Description: An academic paper on the effects of solidary confinement.



Painful Truths About Vicarious Trauma: Statistics from the Field

Source: The Olga Phoenix Project

Description: Basic information about vicarious and secondary trauma and a discussion of occupations and people most susceptible to these. 



Prison Yoga Project

Description: Founded by James Fox at California’s San Quentin State Prison, where he’s been teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to prisoners since 2002. James’s groundbreaking work with prisoners has earned international acclaim in the yoga community and growing recognition in American prisons.



Restorative Justice - Prison Cell

Source: Restoritive Justice Online

Description: Part of a site put together by the Prison Fellowship International Centre for Justice and Reconciliation, this section provides resources and information for prison administrators, prison officers, prisoners, victims, prisoner assistance NGOs and others interested in the use of restorative justice in confinement.



Restorative Justice and the Transformation of Jails: An Urban Sheriff's Case Study in Reducing Violence

Source: Police Practice & Research (Journal)

Description: This is a case study of the San Francisco Sheriff Department's Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP), which is a restorative justice program founded by the Sheriff and members of the SFSD staff in 1997. Although RSVP works with violent offenders who have already committed violent offenses, this program is designed to both intervene and prevent further violence. All offenders in RSVP have been convicted of or charged with violent offenses and will be released from jail into the city's neighborhoods within a year of their sentence or incarceration.



RSAT Training Tool: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Correctional Settings

Source: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT): Training and Technical Assistance

Description: A training about the relationship between substance abuse and trauma for those working in correctional settings.


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Serving Life

Source: OWN

Description: A documentary produced by Forest Whitaker about prisoners getting "turned around" doing in-house hospice.



The Trauma of the Incarceration Experience

Source: Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

Description: A paper written by a formerly incarcerated man about how prison itself is traumatizing.



Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Enhance Safety and Security in Women’s Correctional Facilities

Source: National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women

Description: An article with guidelines and steps for creating trauma-informed women’s correctional facilities.



Washington Coalition for Responsible Justice

Description: An organization to bring together the great minds and hearts that exist in Washington State to create a justice system where the outcome is positive for everyone.



Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities and the Effects of Trauma: Responses to the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey

Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs

Description: A survey youth in correctional facilities in Minnesota, which looked at the prevalence of trauma in their lives and compared it to trauma experienced by mainstream. It also suggests trauma-informed initatives.


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