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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.

ROBERT PRICE: The woman once known as W76337 is on a mission []


By Robert Price,, March 27, 2021

You might say Shawanna Vaughn got off to a bad start.

Born in a California state women’s rehabilitation prison to a drug-addicted mother and assigned to the state foster care system as a toddler, her destiny must have seemed preordained. Books with first chapters like hers usually don’t end well.

For a time, the arc of her young life had a hopeful trajectory. Her foster care experience in Bakersfield was fulfilling and positive, thanks mostly to her foster father, retired Bakersfield police officer Albert Phillips. She called him her hero; still does.

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