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Undergraduate and Graduate Internship available (Criminal Justice, Research and Event Planning)

Spring 2015 and Fall 2015

The Jeweld Legacy Group is dedicated to improving the lives of people and communities impacted by the criminal justice system by assisting agencies and institutions and providing data and research that informs programs and policies. We offer a range of technical assistance, meeting facilitation, training and consultation that builds the capacity of our clients to achieve win/win results. We are looking for graduate level interns who are interested in social and criminal justice, policy reform, research and marketing.

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Screening Out Family Time: The for-profit video visitation industry in prisons and jails

Date: January 2015

The for-profit video visitation industry has been quietly sweeping the nation's state prisons and county jails. Unfortunately, in order to stimulate demand for their low-quality product, jails and video visitation companies often work together to shut down traditional in-person visitation rooms and instead require families to pay up to $1.50 per minute for visits via computer screen. With some notable exceptions, video visitation technology is poorly designed, does not work well, and makes a trying time for families even more challenging.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Date: June 12, 2013

In response, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, unveils its newest, bilingual (English/Spanish) initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, for families with young children (ages 3–8) who have an incarcerated parent and continue to develop skills for resilience. This resource will only be distributed through targeted outlets in communities by organizations, partners and individuals who reach these families.

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Champions of Change - Champions For The Children Of Incarcerated Parents

Date: June 12, 2013

On Wednesday, June 12, the White House will honor twelve “Champions of Change” who have dedicated themselves to supporting children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers. These individuals, whose biographies are described below, have worked on the front line to ensure that innocent children, nearly 2 million of whom have a parent who is incarcerated, do not suffer as a consequence of adult decisions.

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The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population

Date: July 2014

For the past four decades, we have witnessed the most sustained and widespread imprisonment binge known throughout recorded human history. The facts are all too familiar: the United States has roughly 5 percent of the world’s population, yet is responsible for 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. With an estimated 2.3 million adults in jail or prison and 1 out of every 32 adults under correctional or community supervision, the U.S. surpasses all other countries in sheer numbers and per capita incarceration rates.

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Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

Date: August 2014

The IACP project announced by the Deputy Attorney General is part of an overarching White House domestic Policy Council Justice initiative focused on reducing trauma experienced by children who have parents in prison or jail.

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Whites greatly overestimate the share of crimes committed by black people

Date: August 2014

How do people's perceptions of who is committing a crime compare with reality? In a 2012 paper, researchers argued that black people commit a much lower share of crimes than whites assume. The paper compares two surveys of people’s perceptions about violent crime with actual statistics.

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An Unhealthy Dose of Stress

Date: August 2014

In communities across California, chronic adversity stands in the way of the health and success of many children. Now more than ever, we are beginning to understand the impact of these early childhood experiences on the developing brain and body of a child.

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Adverse childhood events: Incarceration of household members and health-related quality of life in adulthood

Date: Aug 3, 2014

Incarceration of a household member has been associated with adverse outcomes for child well-being. We assessed the association between child- hood exposure to the incarceration of a household member and adult health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in the 2009/2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System controlling for age, race/ethnicity, education, and additional adverse childhood experiences.

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Project S.E.E.K. Abstract

Date: August 8, 2014

This is a research study by the Michigan Public Health Institute. We are interested in hearing from people who participated in Project SEEK, a program of the Mott Children’s Health Center that provided services to children with a parent in prison from 1989-2004.

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Stress Proliferation across Generations? Examining the Relationship between Parental Incarceration and Childhood Health

Date: August 19, 2014 Stress proliferation theory suggests that parental incarceration may have deleterious intergenerational health consequences. In this study, I use data from the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) to estimate the relationship between parental incarceration and children’s fair or poor overall health, a range of physical and mental health conditions, activity limitations, and chronic school absence. Descriptive statistics show that children of incarcerated parents are a vulnerable population who experience disadvantages across an array of health outcomes.


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Children of Incarcerated Parents: Trauma, Toxic Stress and Protections

Date: December 2, 2014

People personally impacted by the criminal justice system; law enforcement, corrections and public health officials; jail and prison personnel; early education and child care providers; elementary and high school teachers and administrators; non-profit and health based organizations; reentry coordinators; health care, substance abuse and mental health providers, and others.