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  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (Nov 16, 2021)

    Contains 9 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2021 at 5:45 PM (CST)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the five-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    As the vice president of mission support services, Tenille Patterson is responsible for and oversees the activities and processes that provide core mission support to PJI. Tenille's accounting career began 16 years ago when she worked as an auditor for the global professional services firm PwC. To align her professional aspirations with her spirit of advocacy and social justice, Tenille transitioned into the nonprofit field, working with and for organizations serving the most underserved and disenfranchised.

    In her most recent nonprofit leadership experience, Tenille served as chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization dedicated to supporting fathers and families suffering from the effects of systemic and institutional inequality. Tenille has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and is a certified public accountant.

  • Exploring Pretrial Justice: Community Workshop (October 19, 2021)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2021 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

    A five-hour introduction to pretrial justice for advocates and other community members.​


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


    Exploring Pretrial Justice Banner

    Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

    Organizers, advocates and community members interested in championing pretrial justice and racial equity... we created this virtual workshop just for you! Join us for an inside look at the front end of the legal system in a casual setting where people’s lived experience is valued. 

    During this five-hour class, we will:

    • Explore the history of pretrial justice through racial lens;
    • Investigate and explain the roles and power of system stakeholders;
    • Articulate and illustrate history’s influence on present day practices and policies; 
    • Analyze current controversies in pretrial decision making; and
    • Identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work.

    Cost: FREE, but space is limited to 30 participants. 

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    When registering, you will be asked to briefly describe your work and why you are interested in taking this workshop. 

    We look forward to you joining us!


    *This workshop a beginner's overview of pretrial justice intended for community members. System professionals and others seeking a more advanced curriculum, please check out our Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice offerings.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    Cherise Fanno Burdeenhas spent more than 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a bachelor’s in public administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a master’s in criminal justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the DOJ's National Institute of Justice. After fieldwork that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Cherise joined PJI.

    Since 2006, Cherise has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, amassed a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and change efforts across the criminal justice system. She serves as an issue expert for legal and correctional professionals, national and community advocates, the media, influencers, and artists.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course (Fall 2021)

    Contains 8 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2021 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

    This six-week virtual course offers deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    FALL SESSION
    Oct 6 - Nov 17, 2021

    Gather the knowledge and tools you need to make the greatest impact in your work by registering for our newly revamped Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: This intensive course offers a deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens. Participants will critique local policies and practices; discuss how the field is evolving through litigation, research, and advocacy efforts; assess their current system; and articulate next steps for system improvement.

    There are only 30 spots available for this six-week virtual course that combines self-guided learning activities with weekly lessons taught by pretrial experts and robust class discussions. 

    WHO SHOULD ENROLL? Anyone who plays a role in influencing pretrial policy and creating an equitable justice system, including:

    • Professionals working in the pretrial justice system
    • Government and nonprofit leaders and staff
    • Organizers and advocates at the state + national level
    • Elected officials and their staff

    Live sessions meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

    Course Fee: $500

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    If you are looking for the most current, comprehensive, engaging and inclusive opportunity to learn the Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice, please join us!

    John Clark (Moderator)

    Senior Associate, Technical Assistance

    John Clark is a Senior Manager for Technical Assistance at the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).  In over thirty years at PJI, John has provided technical assistance to thousands of entities around the country on implementing evidence-based pretrial justice practices. He has authored numerous articles relating to pretrial justice in such publications as: the American Bar Association’s The Improvement of the Administration of Justice series; The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice; the Journal of Court Innovation; and Judicature.

    He began his career in the pretrial justice field in the 1970s as a pretrial services officer in the District of Columbia. He has a Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from American University. He is the recipient of the Ennis J. Olgiati Award from the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies for lifetime commitment to pretrial justice.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (Sept 21, 2021)

    Contains 9 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/21/2021 at 5:45 PM (CDT)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the five-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    As the vice president of mission support services, Tenille Patterson is responsible for and oversees the activities and processes that provide core mission support to PJI. Tenille's accounting career began 16 years ago when she worked as an auditor for the global professional services firm PwC. To align her professional aspirations with her spirit of advocacy and social justice, Tenille transitioned into the nonprofit field, working with and for organizations serving the most underserved and disenfranchised.

    In her most recent nonprofit leadership experience, Tenille served as chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization dedicated to supporting fathers and families suffering from the effects of systemic and institutional inequality. Tenille has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and is a certified public accountant.

  • Exploring Pretrial Justice: Community Workshop (August 10, 2021)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/10/2021 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

    A five-hour introduction to pretrial justice for advocates and other community members.​


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


    Exploring Pretrial Justice Banner

    Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

    Organizers, advocates and community members interested in championing pretrial justice and racial equity... we created this virtual workshop just for you! Join us for an inside look at the front end of the legal system in a casual setting where people’s lived experience is valued. 

    During this five-hour class, we will:

    • Explore the history of pretrial justice through racial lens;
    • Investigate and explain the roles and power of system stakeholders;
    • Articulate and illustrate history’s influence on present day practices and policies; 
    • Analyze current controversies in pretrial decision making; and
    • Identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work.

    Cost: FREE, but space is limited to 30 participants. 

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    When registering, you will be asked to briefly describe your work and why you are interested in taking this workshop. 

    We look forward to you joining us!


    *This workshop a beginner's overview of pretrial justice intended for community members. System professionals and others seeking a more advanced curriculum, please check out our Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice offerings.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    Cherise Fanno Burdeenhas spent more than 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a bachelor’s in public administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a master’s in criminal justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the DOJ's National Institute of Justice. After fieldwork that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Cherise joined PJI.

    Since 2006, Cherise has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, amassed a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and change efforts across the criminal justice system. She serves as an issue expert for legal and correctional professionals, national and community advocates, the media, influencers, and artists.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • ICJIA VOCA 2021 Institute: Equity in Victim Services (August 2021)

    Contains 10 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 08/09/2021 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

    ICJIA is pleased to announce its VOCA 2021 Institute: Equity in Victim Services. Held virtually this summer, the five-day Institute will challenge participants to address victim resource inequities and barriers to accessing existing resources.

    ICJIA is pleased to announce its VOCA 2021 Institute: Equity in Victim Services. Held virtually this summer, the five-day Institute will challenge participants to address victim resource inequities and barriers to accessing existing resources.

    Participants will address victim barriers to equity at all levels, including biases of individual service providers, unnecessary barriers created by agency policies and practices, systems level barriers, and structural/societal level factors. Using an anti-oppression framework, the Institute will challenge participants to move beyond “equal treatment for all” to actively anti-racist/anti-oppression policies and practices. Participants will be asked to critically analyze how the current service delivery models and systems are inequitable and identify strategies to address the issues. Participants will leave with a plan of action for both individual agency and systems change advocacy.  

    CG&G, a cutting edge LLC consulting firm that helps organizations create and foster a culture of equity and inclusion, will facilitate the Institute, which will further ICJIA’s goals of improving VOCA service delivery for underserved populations and ensuring equity is a top VOCA programming priority. 

    The five-day Institute will be held over two 2.5-day sessions and include homework assignments. Applicants must commit to participating in all five days of the Institute and completing homework assignments.  

    Monday, August 9th | 10:00am - 3:00pm 
    Tuesday, August 10th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, August 11th | 1:00pm-3:30pm

    Monday, August 23rd | 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Tuesday, August 24th| 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, August 25th | 1:00pm - 3:30pm

    Carolyne Miller Abdullah

    CG&G LLC, INTERNATIONAL

    CAROLYNE MILLER ABDULLAH brings experience in working with a variety of informal and formal leaders from all backgrounds and sectors makes it possible for her to offer strategies of ways to bring people together to discover their own solutions. She brings leadership on equity – with explicit, though not exclusive, attention to racial equity – to the fields of civic engagement, democracy reform, and philanthropy. Carolyne’s background includes work with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) as a paralegal where she designed and conducted "know your rights" forums for the elderly as well as forums on landlord- tenant law for families with low financial assets in Cleveland, Mississippi. She also served in the federal sector for ten years in Washington, D.C., as a program analyst, budget analyst, and management analyst. Carolyne holds degrees (BA, MA) in political science from Alcorn State University and Iowa State University respectively, a public administration (MPA) degree from Penn State University and is ABD in political science (public policy) from the University of Connecticut. Her research involved an exploration of the intersection of public dialogue and deliberation in the area of policing and community building.

    Gwendolyn Poindexter Whiting

    CG&G LLC, INTERNATIONAL

    GWENDOLYN POINDEXTER WHITING Provides xpert coaching, facilitation, and mediation skills to support training and consulting work of staff and consultants. She is an accomplished consultant who specializes in organizational conflict resolution processes, including teamwork, diversity, cross-cultural conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation. She has trained extensively in the United States and internationally. Gwen served as a conciliation specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on its church burning response team under the Clinton administration. Her work with the United States Agency for International Development has taken her to more than 30 countries. She received her bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also affiliated with the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where she completed coursework and achieved candidacy level in its doctoral program.

    Gwen Wright

    CG&G LLC, INTERNATIONAL

    GWEN WRIGHT currently assists community and organizational leaders; local and state governments; and other groups develop and implement systems for more effective engagement in collective decision-making. This includes improving communication between government and community residents; strengthening public and higher education programs; assessing diversity, equity, and inclusion social justice initiatives; developing non-profit agendas; creating state-wide reform initiatives; and research. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.

    Delrice Adams

    Acting Executive Director

    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

    Providing Opening Remarks

    Delrice Adams is a social service and public health administrator with over 25 years’ experience in management of non-profits and local government agencies. Her areas of expertise include criminal justice, violence prevention and racial equity. Ms. Adams has a wealth of experience in grant administration, program development, community and stakeholder engagement, and policy and planning implementation. Ms. Adams has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), nominated by Governor J.B. Pritzker pending confirmation from the Illinois Senate.

    As Acting Director of ICJIA, she is responsible for the direction of the agency, determining agency priorities, and administering resources and programs needed to meet agency goals. She will also serve as liaison to the governor, General Assembly, ICJIA Board members, and state and national criminal justice officials and organizations.

    Prior to ICJIA, Ms. Adams served as Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC), where she was responsible for overseeing the public safety agenda for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. In that role, Ms. Adams was tasked with coordinating criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts in Cook County while preserving public safety and promoting fair and equitable access to justice. Ms. Adams also managed the counties grants for program services to address violence prevention, recidivism reduction and restorative justice.

    Prior to Cook County, Ms. Adams worked for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health. As a Public Health Administrator, she oversaw the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) portfolio of Restorative Justice and Violence Prevention Initiatives for the office and coordinated multiple community partners and stakeholders as a committee lead for Healthy Chicago 2.0; the City’s 5-year Strategic Plan. Ms. Adams also served as a Local Office Administrator for the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she developed service delivery strategies and workforce programs to advance welfare reform efforts.

    Ms. Adams is a 2019 Chicago United for Equity (CUE) fellow. She is a certified Trauma- Informed Trainer (CDPH, 2018). She is also a trained Circle Keeper. Ms. Adams received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

    Equity & Inclusion Institute

    August 9th, 10th, 11th and 23rd, 24th, 25th

    Session A
    Day 1, Monday, August 9th
    "Personal Journey with Equity and Inclusion"
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Exploring Equity & Inclusion
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Going Deeper with Equity & Inclusion
    Day 2, Tuesday, August 10th
    "Organizational Journey with Equity & Inclusion"
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Navigating Equity & Inclusion in Service Delivery – Holding Up the Mirror
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT A View of Inequity
    Day 3, Wednesday, August 11th
    "Applied Learning"
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT “Walking the Talk”: Discussion; Activity; and Reflection
    Session B
    Day 1, Monday, August 23rd
    "Moving Towards Change I"
    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CT Recap of Session A
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Fostering a Culture of Equity & Inclusion
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Creating a Blueprint for Change (Part 1)
    Day 2, Tuesday, August 24th
    "Moving Towards Change II"
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Creating a Blueprint for Change (Part 2)
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Blueprint Presentation
    Day 3, Wednesday, August 25th
    "Carrying it Forward"
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT Blueprint Presentation
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Reflections & Closing Remarks
  • Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course (Summer 2021)

    Contains 25 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/28/2021 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

    This six-week virtual course offers deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    SUMMER SESSION
    July 14 - August 25, 2021

    Gather the knowledge and tools you need to make the greatest impact in your work by registering for our newly revamped Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: This intensive course offers a deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens. Participants will critique local policies and practices; discuss how the field is evolving through litigation, research, and advocacy efforts; assess their current system; and articulate next steps for system improvement.

    There are only 30 spots available for this six-week virtual course that combines self-guided learning activities with weekly lessons taught by pretrial experts and robust class discussions. 

    WHO SHOULD ENROLL? Anyone who plays a role in influencing pretrial policy and creating an equitable justice system, including:

    • Professionals working in the pretrial justice system
    • Government and nonprofit leaders and staff
    • Organizers and advocates at the state + national level
    • Elected officials and their staff

    Live sessions meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

    Course Fee: $500

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    If you are looking for the most current, comprehensive, engaging and inclusive opportunity to learn the Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice, please join us!

    John Clark (Moderator)

    Senior Associate, Technical Assistance

    John Clark is a Senior Manager for Technical Assistance at the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).  In over thirty years at PJI, John has provided technical assistance to thousands of entities around the country on implementing evidence-based pretrial justice practices. He has authored numerous articles relating to pretrial justice in such publications as: the American Bar Association’s The Improvement of the Administration of Justice series; The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice; the Journal of Court Innovation; and Judicature.

    He began his career in the pretrial justice field in the 1970s as a pretrial services officer in the District of Columbia. He has a Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from American University. He is the recipient of the Ennis J. Olgiati Award from the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies for lifetime commitment to pretrial justice.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • ICJIA VOCA 2021 Institute: Equity in Victim Services (July 2021)

    Contains 21 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/28/2021 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    ICJIA is pleased to announce its VOCA 2021 Institute: Equity in Victim Services. Held virtually this summer, the five-day Institute will challenge participants to address victim resource inequities and barriers to accessing existing resources.

    ICJIA is pleased to announce its VOCA 2021 Institute: Equity in Victim Services. Held virtually this summer, the five-day Institute will challenge participants to address victim resource inequities and barriers to accessing existing resources.

    Participants will address victim barriers to equity at all levels, including biases of individual service providers, unnecessary barriers created by agency policies and practices, systems level barriers, and structural/societal level factors. Using an anti-oppression framework, the Institute will challenge participants to move beyond “equal treatment for all” to actively anti-racist/anti-oppression policies and practices. Participants will be asked to critically analyze how the current service delivery models and systems are inequitable and identify strategies to address the issues. Participants will leave with a plan of action for both individual agency and systems change advocacy.  

    CG&G, a cutting edge LLC consulting firm that helps organizations create and foster a culture of equity and inclusion, will facilitate the Institute, which will further ICJIA’s goals of improving VOCA service delivery for underserved populations and ensuring equity is a top VOCA programming priority. 

    The five-day Institute will be held over two 2.5-day sessions and include homework assignments. Applicants must commit to participating in all five days of the Institute and completing homework assignments.  

    Tuesday, July 6th | 10:00am - 3:00pm 
    Wednesday, July 7th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Thursday, July 8th | 1:00pm-3:30pm

    Monday, July 26th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Tuesday, July 27th| 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, July 28th | 1:00pm - 3:30pm

    Carolyne Miller Abdullah

    CG&G LLC, INTERNATIONAL

    CAROLYNE MILLER ABDULLAH brings experience in working with a variety of informal and formal leaders from all backgrounds and sectors makes it possible for her to offer strategies of ways to bring people together to discover their own solutions. She brings leadership on equity – with explicit, though not exclusive, attention to racial equity – to the fields of civic engagement, democracy reform, and philanthropy. Carolyne’s background includes work with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) as a paralegal where she designed and conducted "know your rights" forums for the elderly as well as forums on landlord- tenant law for families with low financial assets in Cleveland, Mississippi. She also served in the federal sector for ten years in Washington, D.C., as a program analyst, budget analyst, and management analyst. Carolyne holds degrees (BA, MA) in political science from Alcorn State University and Iowa State University respectively, a public administration (MPA) degree from Penn State University and is ABD in political science (public policy) from the University of Connecticut. Her research involved an exploration of the intersection of public dialogue and deliberation in the area of policing and community building.

    Gwendolyn Poindexter Whiting

    CG&G LLC, INTERNATIONAL

    GWENDOLYN POINDEXTER WHITING Provides xpert coaching, facilitation, and mediation skills to support training and consulting work of staff and consultants. She is an accomplished consultant who specializes in organizational conflict resolution processes, including teamwork, diversity, cross-cultural conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation. She has trained extensively in the United States and internationally. Gwen served as a conciliation specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on its church burning response team under the Clinton administration. Her work with the United States Agency for International Development has taken her to more than 30 countries. She received her bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also affiliated with the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where she completed coursework and achieved candidacy level in its doctoral program.

    Gwen Wright

    CG&G LLC, INTERNATIONAL

    GWEN WRIGHT currently assists community and organizational leaders; local and state governments; and other groups develop and implement systems for more effective engagement in collective decision-making. This includes improving communication between government and community residents; strengthening public and higher education programs; assessing diversity, equity, and inclusion social justice initiatives; developing non-profit agendas; creating state-wide reform initiatives; and research. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.

    Delrice Adams

    Acting Executive Director

    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

    Providing Opening Remarks

    Delrice Adams is a social service and public health administrator with over 25 years’ experience in management of non-profits and local government agencies. Her areas of expertise include criminal justice, violence prevention and racial equity. Ms. Adams has a wealth of experience in grant administration, program development, community and stakeholder engagement, and policy and planning implementation. Ms. Adams has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), nominated by Governor J.B. Pritzker pending confirmation from the Illinois Senate.

    As Acting Director of ICJIA, she is responsible for the direction of the agency, determining agency priorities, and administering resources and programs needed to meet agency goals. She will also serve as liaison to the governor, General Assembly, ICJIA Board members, and state and national criminal justice officials and organizations.

    Prior to ICJIA, Ms. Adams served as Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC), where she was responsible for overseeing the public safety agenda for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. In that role, Ms. Adams was tasked with coordinating criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts in Cook County while preserving public safety and promoting fair and equitable access to justice. Ms. Adams also managed the counties grants for program services to address violence prevention, recidivism reduction and restorative justice.

    Prior to Cook County, Ms. Adams worked for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health. As a Public Health Administrator, she oversaw the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) portfolio of Restorative Justice and Violence Prevention Initiatives for the office and coordinated multiple community partners and stakeholders as a committee lead for Healthy Chicago 2.0; the City’s 5-year Strategic Plan. Ms. Adams also served as a Local Office Administrator for the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she developed service delivery strategies and workforce programs to advance welfare reform efforts.

    Ms. Adams is a 2019 Chicago United for Equity (CUE) fellow. She is a certified Trauma- Informed Trainer (CDPH, 2018). She is also a trained Circle Keeper. Ms. Adams received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

    Equity & Inclusion Institute

    July 6th, 7th, 8th and 26th, 27th and 28th

    Session A
    Day 1, Tuesday, July 6th
    "Personal Journey with Equity and Inclusion"
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Exploring Equity & Inclusion
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Going Deeper with Equity & Inclusion
    Day 2, Wednesday, July 7th
    "Organizational Journey with Equity & Inclusion"
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Navigating Equity & Inclusion in Service Delivery – Holding Up the Mirror
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT A View of Inequity
    Day 3, Thursday, July 8th
    "Applied Learning"
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT “Walking the Talk”: Discussion; Activity; and Reflection
    Session B
    Day 1, Monday, July 26th
    "Moving Towards Change I"
    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CT Recap of Session A
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Fostering a Culture of Equity & Inclusion
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Creating a Blueprint for Change (Part 1)
    Day 2, Tuesday, July 27th
    "Moving Towards Change II"
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Creating a Blueprint for Change (Part 2)
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT Lunch Break
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Blueprint Presentation
    Day 3, Wednesday, July 28th
    "Carrying it Forward"
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT Blueprint Presentation
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT Reflections & Closing Remarks
  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (July 13, 2021)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, July 13, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the six-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    As the vice president of mission support services, Tenille Patterson is responsible for and oversees the activities and processes that provide core mission support to PJI. Tenille's accounting career began 16 years ago when she worked as an auditor for the global professional services firm PwC. To align her professional aspirations with her spirit of advocacy and social justice, Tenille transitioned into the nonprofit field, working with and for organizations serving the most underserved and disenfranchised.

    In her most recent nonprofit leadership experience, Tenille served as chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization dedicated to supporting fathers and families suffering from the effects of systemic and institutional inequality. Tenille has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and is a certified public accountant.

  • PRI Town Hall: Corrections Fatigue

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/29/2021

    Corrections Fatigue Town Hall

    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.

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    For about a decade now research evidence has been accumulating about the hazardous effects of correctional work in relation to staff’s mental and physical health, and their functioning in their professional and personal lives.

    This Town Hall discussion addresses how correctional occupational stressors impact the staff, and indirectly, the staff’s family members, as well as the offenders the staff manage.

    Approaches will be discussed to counter negative effects of the job—Corrections Fatigue—and to promote staff and agency health, wellness, and fulfillment.

    Regina "Regi" Huerter

    Senior Project Associate, Policy Research, Inc.

    Regina “Regi” Huerter joined Policy Research Associates, Inc. in 2017 as Senior Project Associate to provide training and technical assistance to counties engaged in the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge and in particular, those addressing the intersection of behavioral health and justice. In addition, her skills and experience are used by the PRA SAMHSA GAINS Center and other PRA staff working on broader behavioral health issues.  

    Prior to joining PRA, she was the Executive Director of the Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies and Crime Prevention and Control Commission.  Regina was raised in Greeley, Colorado where she began her work with youth in 1978 as a counselor in residential facilities and youth mentoring. In 1982 she moved to Denver to work for Metro Denver Partners, a mentoring organization; in 1991, she was instrumental in creating the Gang Rescue and Support Program known as GRASP.  She joined the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1993, where she created and ran the Juvenile Diversion Program.  After more than a decade at the DA office, she left to be the CEO for Urban Peak, a young adult homeless housing and intervention program.  She was called back the City in 2005 to start up the Crime Prevention and Control Commission, which is now under the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies which she helped set up and began overseeing in July, 2015.  Her work for the City and County of Denver resulted in youth and adult justice reform across the system. 

    Ms. Huerter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado. Regina is known nationally for her expertise in creating justice-system change, in particular behavioral health and trauma informed practices, and for her work with gangs and youth subcultures. Regina was adjunct faculty for Metropolitan State University of Denver, and served on Colorado’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission and the Governor’s Behavior Health Transformation Council. She is currently a founding board member for Caring For Denver Foundation. Regina is the recipient of several awards, including those she is most proud of -- the 9 News “9 Who Care” and 2008 NAMI Colorado “Heroes in the Fight” -- for advocacy and creating changes in the mental health/criminal justice system.

    Caterina Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC

    Executive Director, Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

    Caterina Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC, is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Colorado with 33 years of clinical experience. She holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Canada, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She is the founding director of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach, a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 2003 with the mission to promote the occupational, personal and family well-being of the corrections workforce through the provision of evidence-informed resources, solutions, and support. Caterina’s passion is designing evidence-informed educational wellness materials for corrections agencies. She has also treated corrections professionals and family members; conducted research on corrections occupational health; and oversaw the crisis hotline, the Corrections Ventline. Her research interests include resilience, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Corrections Fatigue—a term she coined in 2000, which denotes the cumulative negative effects of operational, organizational, and traumatic stressors associated with corrections work. Caterina authored the book, “Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff,” and co-authored the e-book, “Processing Corrections Work: A Workbook to Combat Corrections Fatigue and Increase Corrections Fulfillment.” She is the editor of the book series, “Passing It Along: Wisdom from Corrections Staff,” and of Desert Waters’ monthly e-zine, the Correctional Oasis. In 2014, she received the Harry Tinsley Award from the Colorado Criminal Justice Association for outstanding achievement in the field of criminal justice, and in 2016, the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel selected Caterina’s course “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment” for its Commercial Product award of excellence.

    Tony Gonzales III

    Tony Gonzales started his career in 1995 at Corcoran State Prison of the California Department of Corrections. He worked as a Correctional Officer for 11 years, and was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 2006. In 2014, Tony accepted a special assignment as a Background for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). In 2016, Tony was promoted to Correctional Lieutenant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran (CSATF/SP), and in May 2020 Tony promoted to Correctional Captain at CSATF/SP.

    Brent Parker

    Training Manager, Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

    Brent Parker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Illinois State University.   He retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections, after 30 years of service, where he moved through the ranks from Correctional Officer to Director of Training.  He taught criminal justice classes at the Pueblo Community College, and served NIC as a Regional Trainer, and ACA as a local chapter board member, national presenter, committee member and standard's delegate.  After retiring from the CDOC, Brent served locally at the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, where he developed training programs and worked with probation and local specialty courts.  Brent has devoted his working life to the success and safety of both staff and offenders.  He continues to promote corrections employees’ well-being as the Director of Training for Desert Waters Correctional Outreach.  He has been involved in corrections at all levels and understands from first-hand experience the challenges faced by correctional staff and administrators. 

    Michelle Staley

    Correctional Treatment Board Coordinator, Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office

    Michelle holds a degree in Behavioral Science and is a Certified Addiction Counselor III. She spent 12 years serving as a Probation Officer to both juvenile and adult populations. She worked primarily with mental health and co-occurring caseloads. While working in probation she became a licensed instructor for Corrections Fatigue. She then transitioned to the Colorado State Mental Health Hospital at Fort Logan as a Counselor for co-occurring patients. Her experience includes implementation of evidence-based practices, multi-disciplinary collaboration, specialized programs and grant coordination.

    Lisa Williams

    Major, Illinois Department of Corrections, Hill Correctional Center

    Lisa began her career with the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1999 as Correctional Officer in Training (COT), followed by working the 2nd shift for most of her career.  In 2014 she was promoted to a Lieutenant and in 2019 was promoted to a Correctional Major, Shift Supervisor at Hill Correctional Center.   As a CF2F facilitator she is able to understand the greater impact of correctional fatigue across systems and institutions, especially during times of added stress during COVID-19. Ms. Williams is newly married and the mother of 7, and grandmother to two grandchildren.