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.

Use of ACE test in County Jails

I'm also interested in the topic and look forward to replies.  Extending this inquiry a bit, I am also interested as to whether effective treatment approaches have been developed using a wellness model for incarcerated clients and released clients.  I run a domestic violence offender's program - the standard 26-week Duluth (Power and Control) model.  I've complemented the model with a wellness curriculum teaching subjects such as mindfulness practice, neuroplasticity and processing (talking in the language of the heart).  My experience over 15 years of using the complementary model is that it is effective, however I lack statistics and sound research.  So I echo Dave's question - does anybody have stats on recidivism rate or other pertinent variables associated with ACES and other positive health-related outcomes?  

Doug - I like your extension of the inquiry. We have conducted two projects in our county jail to improve health, wellness, and self-care management. Our first project focused on improving health literacy and the second on health insurance literacy. Both have been published in Corrections Today as follows:

Young, D. & C. Weinert. 2013. Improving Health Literacy with Inmates. Corrections Today, 75(5):70-74. Alexandria, Virginia: American Correctional Association.

 Young, D. & Weinert, C. 2016. Promoting Health Insurance and Enrollment Literacy with Jail Inmates. Corrections Today, 78(5):74-81. Alexandria, Virginia: American Correctional Association.

The curricula for the models used in that study are now being tested in secure tablets in a number of facilities. If you are not familiar with Edovo, check out the two brief videos:

https://vimeo.com/168415499  4:15 min;

https://vimeo.com/163879198/5041d6c421  3:15 min

Finally, last year I wrote the following article about trauma and corrections:

Young, D. 2017. Transforming trauma – Seeking recovery for those in corrections. Corrections Today, 79(2):76-81. Alexandria, Virginia: American Correctional Association.

If you are interested in any of the articles and cannot locate them, I would be happy to send you PDFs as attachments.

Best,

Dave

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