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We Have to Partner with Law Enforcement Around Trauma

Is there a need for trauma-informed training for police officers? Let me share an example of a situation where the outcome could have been very different if the responding officer had been trauma-informed.

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Book Review: Change of Heart

Jeanne Bishop, a Cook County, Illinois, public defender, starts her story of reconciliation, “Change of Heart,” on a cold winter day, her shoes crunching on the gravel of the Pontiac Correctional Center visitors' parking lot.

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Righting the Wrong: Michael Johnson

On probation by 14 and in prison by 19, 34-year-old Michael Johnson grew up around people who were dismissive of his hopes for a better future, and his history certainly dimmed his work prospects.

We Believed We Were Untouchable

In 1979, my family risked our lives to escape the war in Vietnam and I went and voluntarily placed myself into a war of a different kind; a war that consists of myself and gangs. My parents gave up all they had to seek freedom for our family and I went and lost what little freedom I had.

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Substance Use, Mental Health & the Road to Recovery: ‘Like Juggling Explosives Blindfolded’

When Corey Roberts came out of prison, he hit the ground running.

In short order, he found a job at a chicken joint. He found a girlfriend. And at 21, after an 18-month stretch in Georgia correctional facilities, including nine months in a drug-rehabilitation program, he began the process of rebuilding a life within the legally constrained horizons of an ex-convict.