The World of Corrections (Part 2): Perspectives on Prisoner Culture in Men’s Prisons

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 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)

Sexual abuse is a devastating crime but, with quality rape crisis services, healing is possible. Yet delivering services to incarcerated survivors presents many challenges. One chief barrier is unfamiliarity with prisoner culture — and the world of corrections generally — among many advocates.

The aim of this webinar is to give advocates an overview of the culture in men’s prisons, particularly in the context of sexual violence. While every institution is unique, men’s prisons nationwide share a broad set of attitudes and norms. Developing a better understanding of these common characteristics can help advocates deliver support to incarcerated survivors.

The webinar will provide concrete examples from JDI’s advocacy work within men’s prisons, share quotes and audio testimony from current and former prisoners, and offer practical tips from experienced advocates who work on the inside. We hope this information will help advocates create positive interactions with incarcerated survivors and give them a window into an unfamiliar world where their services are sorely needed.

The 90-minute webinar is geared toward rape crisis advocates and other community-based service providers. This series of webinars is being supported by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.