College of Social Work
The Florida State University
February 2020

Prioritizing rapid dissemination of research findings to advocates, professionals, and policymakers.
Dear IJRD Team –

It was incredible to see all of you earlier at our team-building event in Atlanta earlier this month! I hope that you enjoyed meeting your teammates face to face and growing your connection to each other, our work at IJRD, and the criminal justice reform landscape. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Below you will see how IJRD continues to grow due to your hard work and dedication. We have added sections on policy updates and personal well-being below based on your feedback from the team-building event. Please let us know what else we can include in these monthly newsletters to maximize their usefulness to your work and life. 

Thanks as always to the Newsletter Team and thank you all for working so diligently on behalf of justice-involved individuals! 

With admiration,

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Happy Birthday!
Shelby Pederson    March 7
Karyn London    March 15
Tyler Parker    March 20
Jennifer Joseph    March 30
Happy Work-a-versary!
2 years!
Teisha Sanders
Faye Miller
1 year!
Karyn London
Welcome Aboard!
Please extend a warm welcome to Rachel Palicte as she joins our team as a Project Support Specialist! She brings a wealth of experience working with individuals at the intersection of serious mental health disorders and the criminal justice system.  

Rachel holds a BS in Family and Child Therapy from Anderson University. 

Click the image to learn more! 
Policy Updates!
Our policy partners at Right on Crime produced the 2nd annual policy report on the Safe Streets and Second Chances project! 

The report highlights policy findings from our first four 5-Key Model data and discusses how the model has expanded into Indiana, Ohio, and South Carolina. Transportation and housing were identified as critical barriers to reentry success across all states. Policy activity based on the data you generate with participants is described for each of our seven study states. Please reach out to Stephanie Kennedy for access to the full report! 
 Click the image to read our newest research brief designed for our policy stakeholders. The brief provides actionable results from 5-Key Model study participnats to fuel durable policy changes. This brief features data on employment and behavioral health outcomes at the T3 time period (approximately eight months post-release).

Results are broken down by state to maximize usefulness to policy stakeholders.
Personal & Professional Accomplishments
Steven Pepper, a Post-Master's Fellow and an RPS on our Indiana team, attended the JustLeadershipUSA Emerging Leaders Leadership Development Training Program in Indianapolis, January 31-February 1. The training was conducted in partnership with the Marion County Re-entry Coalition and the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Here he poses with DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA.

Click the image to learn more about JustLeadershipUSA!

Katie Morphonios, our Central Office Data Manager, completed the Disney Half Marathon on January 12, 2020 in Orlando! 

Many congratulations to Katie for meeting such a challenging personal training goal!

Tanya Renn, our Assistant Director, and Katie Schultz, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, received $275,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the intersection of substance abuse, trauma, and criminal justice involvement among Alaska Native and American Indian women.

The project will be used as a way to provide literature for future intervention development. Stay tuned for updates!

Bill Rone, a Post-Master's Fellow on our Kentucky team, has been busy advancing the voting rights of individuals who have experienced incarceration! He met with KY Secretary of State Michael Adams and Governor Andy Beshear previosuly to further legilative action on this issue.
This past month, he also met with Kathleen Kenney, the Commissioner of the KY Department of Correction (left) and with Charles Booker, KY State Representative (right). Bill's goal is to restore voting rights to all individuals with a felony conviction who live in Kentucky, regardless of where their felony occurred. 

Stephanie Kennedy, Director of Research Dissemination, Chris Veeh, Faculty Associate at the University of Iowa, and Stephen Tripodi, Associate Director collaborated with colleagues from FSU and the University of Connecticut on a paper entitled ‘The Intersectional Effects of Race and Gender on Time to Reincarceration,” which was just printed in Justice Quarterly.

Click the picture to access the article!  

Event Reports
On February 5th and 6th, 65 IJRD team members and our policy partners at Right on Crime came together for the first Bi-Annual Team Meeting in Atlanta. We shared the scope and breadth of our work at IJRD, highlighted new projects and opportunities for team members to get involved with, participated in a reentry simulation to increase our empathy for the complexity of reentry, learned from Pamela Winn and her son Shaquille about the long reach of the criminal justice system, and participated in a shared vision exercise.

We hope that you enjoyed these activities as much as we did and are finding ways to connect what you learned to your work with participants every day! See below for a sample of photos we took during the event (and head over to Twitter @cpettusdavis to see all of our photos)!

Make sure you follow IJRD on social media for live updates of events and more!
Community Advisory Board Update!
We have 11 Tallahassee-based Community Advisory Board members who have met multiple times over the past six months to help guide our research and community outreach efforts. Last week, they met with students who work with juveniles who have been charged as adults and who are incarcerated in a local detention facility. Advisory Board members provided critical feedback on how to improve our work with this vulnerable population.
Upcoming Events
"Why We Need Smart Justice" - part of the Metro-Urban Institute's Urban Leadership Series will be held in Pittsburgh on March 2nd. Terrell Thomas, Senior Field Organizer for the Campaign for Smart Justice of the ACLU, will address efforts to reduce the jail and prison population by 50% while combating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Click the image to learn more!  
Join NAMI Indiana on March 6th in Indianapolis, as they pull together a diverse group of leaders from the criminal justice field to provide education and new tools for professionals. Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summits are designed to create significant and positive changes in criminal justice policy.

Click the image to learn more!

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, and College of Social Work Dean, Jim Clark, will be featured at an event hosted by the FSU Foundation on March 12 in Winter Park, Florida celebrating FSU's historic rise to the Top 20!

Carrie will spotlight our work at IJRD and how we have helped to launch FSU to national prominence as integral to the criminal justice reform movement. 

Click the image for details and to RSVP to this FREE event!


Join Kerensa Lockwood, Director of Administration and Implementation, and Dale White, a member of our Community Advisory Board, for an event Saturday, March 14 designed to find solutions to the challenges individuals face when they leave incarceration and return to the Tallahassee community. 

Click the image to learn how to register for this FREE half-day mini-conference!
Head over to the Akron Public Library in Akron, Ohio on March 26th at 11am for a showing of the Frontline documentary Prison State. The documentary features the intertwined nature of poverty and criminal behavior. 

Click the image to learn more! 
Of Interest

Click to read this piece by The Appeal on how technical violations to probation and parole drive reincarceration in Florida. Our next quarterly report for the 5-Key Model will release Tuesday, March 3rd - in it, we take a deep dive into the noncriminal reasons our study participants were re-arrested for violations to the conditions of their post-release community supervision.

Click the image to read a piece entitled "Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Parole" by Marc Levin, one of our policy partners at Right on Crime!

Marc identifies data-driven strategies to help individuals on parole succeed after their release from incarceration.
University of Missouri's NPR station interviewed Mataka Askari about the lasting mental health effects of incarceration.

Askari is currently a Certified Peer Specialist at a behavioral health facility. Prior to this work, he spent more than 23 years in prison.  

Click the image to listen! 

Click the image to read an article on the benefits of reading and the barriers to accessing literature in prisons.

The piece discusses how books are restricted and how this disproportionately harms individuals of color in incarceration settings.  

Click the image to read an article by our policy partners, John Koufos, Shae Cali, and Lacey White, at Right on Crime on how to modernize parole supervision to enhance workplace outcomes.

They call for increased collaboration between parole officers and employers in the community to help those under community supervision to both meet the conditions of their parole and maintain employment. 

Click the image to listen to the spoken word poem entitled "Transferable Skills" by Lamont Carey, one of our IJRD collaborators. Lamont performed this poem at an event we held last summer on 'Transforming Criminal Justice for the 21st Century.'

This is a great introduction to our work for our newer team members and a wonderful reminder for those who were able to attend! Head over to our YouTube page to subscribe and watch the full event too! 
Promoting Personal Well-Being
In our busy lives balancing career and home life, we may find ourselves out of sync with our “work-life balance." Beginning with this newsletter, we will include a monthly self-care feature to help you enhance and maintain your personal well-being while promoting the well-being of others.
This month we feature healthy eating!

Healthy eating is the foundation of self-care. LaVonda Minter, an RAS in Texas and an integral member of the Newsletter Team, wanted to share her love of cooking with you and help you create delicious and nutritious meals for you and your loved ones. Below see three of her favorite quick, easy, yummy, and healthy recipes to help promote your personal well-being!
Click to prepare exciting, delicious, and healthy food options using may pantry staples:
Also, LaVonda wanted to share one of her favorite websites dedicated to budget-friendly and easy-to-prep meal options!


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