A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS
August 30 Wednesday 08:00am – 09:00am ET
APPA is honored to welcome four individuals who will share their unique perspectives, each having been personally involved in the criminal justice system. Their compelling stories will offer valuable insights into the relationship between community supervision and positive outcomes. Throughout the panel discussion, these distinguished panelists will take us on their individual journeys of transformation, illustrating how they have become productive citizens, contributing to re-entry communities.
As dedicated community corrections professionals, we frequently engage in discussions about formerly incarcerated individuals. Drawing from our experiences, extensive research, and direct interactions with offenders, we form assumptions and beliefs about improving the criminal justice system. Our ultimate objective is to enhance the offenders' prosocial skills, thereby reducing recidivism. However, amidst our good intentions, we must ask ourselves: Are we truly providing helpful support? Do our interventions facilitate or hinder the offender's progress? Are we achieving the desired results?
During this enlightening panel discussion, we will introduce the panelists, sharing relevant information about their backgrounds and experiences as justice-involved individuals who have intimately "lived" the system. They will candidly express the elements that didn't work and those that proved instrumental in fostering positive changes in their lives..
Founder, Young Chances Foundation
Moderator: Tony Lewis
Vocational Development Coordinator, CSOSA