The World of Corrections: Tips for the "First Termer" Advocate (Part 1)

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time: 11:00am–12:30pm Pacific 
(Please note the time in your time zone: 12pm–1:30pm Mountain, 1pm–2:30pm Central, 2pm–3:30pm Eastern)

Description: Who are the key players in a corrections institution? What prison terms should advocates know before going into a prison or jail? And how can all that help advocates serve incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse? 

This new two-part webinar series called “The World of Corrections: Tips for the 'First Termer' Advocate" will explore all of these questions and more. 

In this first webinar, we’ll discuss the structure and culture of correctional institutions — including some basic information about corrections facilities and the key players in a facility’s hierarchy — and how advocates can navigate those institutions to better serve incarcerated survivors. 

Drawing on their extensive experience working with corrections officials and incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse, presenters will discuss the dynamics between security and mental health staff and give practical tips to help create positive interactions with corrections staff. 

Presenters include Robert Dumond, a former corrections officer and mental health practitioner, and Boa Smith, a JDI staff member and former inmate. 

The webinar is geared toward rape crisis advocates and other community-based service providers, but anyone who works with current or former detainees is encouraged to attend. This series of webinars is being supported by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. 

More information on the second part of this series to be announced.