How Being Trauma Informed Improves Criminal Justice Outcomes


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Although prevalence estimates vary, there is a consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma at some point or throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increased risk of encountering the criminal justice system. This useful workshop focuses on trauma awareness, on what is known about this dynamic, and on what is known about how to improve criminal justice outcomes for individuals with such histories.


Erin McGann
Justice Involved Veterans Coordinator, TX Veterans Commission

Erin McGann is the Justice involved Veterans Coordinator at the Veteran Mental Health Department, Texas Veterans Commission. She worked for eight years at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Parole Officer, Life Skills teacher, HIV Coordinator, in the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments and in the Reentry Department as a supervisor in the Community Reentry program. Erin was awarded the TVC Excellence Award in 2016. She holds an undergraduate degree in Justice and Policy Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and a master’s in criminal justice from Texas State in San Marcos, TX. She is the daughter of a Marine.