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 community and reduced recidivism for former offenders.

November 2016

Mothers in Prison (

Excerpt 1: TULSA, Okla. — The women’s wing of the jail here exhales sadness. The inmates, wearing identical orange uniforms, ache as they undergo withdrawal from drugs, as they eye one another suspiciously, and as they while away the days stripped of freedom, dignity, privacy and, most painful of all, their children. “She’s disappointed in me,” Janay Manning, 29, a drug offender shackled to a wall for an interview, said of her eldest daughter, a 13-year-old. And then she started crying, and...

Program strengthens families separated by bars []

n the sullen basement of Louisville’s Hall of Justice, families reunite on a Sunday night. Scattered about, women and toddlers and a few others sometimes wait hours to see a loved one incarcerated in the next building over. No cuddles or hugs will occur during their few moments together. Just a picture on the screen and a voice through a phone give the most basic form of contact. While they bide their time, men on house arrest snake through a large gray room outlined with maroon plastic...

These puppies have a ‘magical’ effect on a state prison. Can they help inmates change? (

A program called Tender Loving Canines is among the new and restored rehabilitation courses popping up in California state prisons since Gov. Jerry Brown began emphasizing programs that help inmates prepare to reenter society. Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee Read more here: When a pair of puppies stepped into a state prison’s highest security yard on a scorching summer day, dozens of felons...

Successful Reentry: Partnerships on Outside Critical for Ex-Offenders Making New Start (

Hundreds of people committed to helping former offenders successfully return to their communities were energized and ready to get back to work after a recent event, when one state official paused to point out how far California has come in the past few years. “This is a mammoth shift,” Linda Penner proclaimed about how California’s governmental agencies are working with community-based organizations (CBOs) to ensure successful reentry from incarceration to the community. As chair of the...

Inmates to Sow Jail-grown Plants at County Parks (

A job training program at the East Mesa Detention and Re‐entry Facility is taking root at county parks. Trees and plants that were cultivated and grown at the jail’s greenhouse will be planted by inmates at five parks all over the county this month. The job training program started in July 2014 to help inmates develop skills and work habits needed to secure honest employment after their release, according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department news release. An instructor from...