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Incarcerated Pennsylvanians Now Have to Pay $150 to Read

i Oct 12th No Comments by

Every year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania prisons write directly to nonprofit organizations, such as Bookem, asking for reading materials, which are usually sent to them at no cost. This free access to books has dramatically improved the lives of incarcerated individuals, offering immense emotional and mental relief as well as a key source of rehabilitation.

But last month, the Pennsylvania DOC decided to make such rehabilitation much harder. Going forward, books and publications, including legal primers and prison newsletters, cannot be sent directly to incarcerated Pennsylvanians. Instead, if they want access to a book, they must first come up with $147 to purchase a tablet and then pay a private company for electronic versions of their reading material. Click here to read the whole article.

SSP17: A Conversation with David Prescott & Dr. Tyffani Dent about Applying the Good Lives Model in Work with Court-Involved Teenagers & Young Adults

i Aug 30th No Comments by

 

David S. Prescott

is a licensed clinical social worker who has published 17 books
and numerous articles on sexual violence, the good lives model of treatment, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care. He has also lectured throughout the world on these subjects.


 

Dr. Tyffani Dent

is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with adolescents involved with Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services. Her professional work has focused primarily on the school-to-prison pipeline and issues of mental health in Black and Brown girls and women.

In this episode:

  • David Prescott begins with a history of the good lives model (GLM) and its beginnings as a treatment framework for adult sexual abusers.
  • He then talks about how the GLM has evolved as a framework for working with a wide variety of offenders, not just sexual abusers.
  • Finally, he talks about how the GLM has been modified for work with young men and boys.
  • Tyffani Dent joins the conversation to talk about its application with young women and girls.

Be sure to leave us your comments on this podcast episode and suggest questions that David Prescott or Dr. Tyffani Dent might answer in the future! (Don’t see the comment section below? Click here and then scroll to the bottom of the page.)


Related SSP Materials:

The Good Lives Model for Adolescents Who Sexually Harm, edited by Bobbie Print, Foreword by Tony Ward – About the choice of the G-map Treatment Centre in Manchester UK to use the Good Lives Model (GLM) as their treatment framework and how they adapted the model for work with adolescents.

Click the image to purchase GLM for Adolescents!

Applying the Good Lives and Self-Regulation Models to Sex Offender Treatment, A Practical Guide for Clinicians, by Pamela Yates, David Prescott, and Tony Ward – A common sense guide to helping offenders build a lifestyle incompatible with offending.

Trauma-Informed Care, Transforming Treatment for People Who Have Sexually Abused, by Jill Levenson, Gwenda Willis, and David Prescott – A review of the cross-disciplinary research on the impact of early childhood trauma on cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development and the practical application of this knowledge to case conceptualization and trauma-informed responding.

 

 

Canada reluctant to extradite sex offenders to the U.S.

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An article on the Florida Action Committee website reports that individuals who flee punishment in the United States for sex offenses are finding sanctuary in Canada because the Canadian Government disapproves of the draconian sanctions imposed on “registered sex offenders” in the U.S. According to the article:

Last year, Canada blocked the extradition of a man because he could potentially face “civil commitment” which is tantamount to life in prison, a sentence far harsher than he could ever face in Canada and what Canadians would consider to be cruel and unusual punishment.

Read the entire article here.

The fight to eliminate cash bail

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Our cash bail system is a big reason why the United States incarcerates more people than any other country on earth. If you can pay bail, you walk free. If not, you’re stuck behind bars—sometimes for months, or even years. Bail reform is one of many reforms needed to make our country’s criminal justice system fair and equitable. Click here to view an ACLU-produced video featuring artist and activist John Legend. Or watch below:

The 2018 ATSA Conference brochure arrived in the mail this week

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The conference is coming on fast. A little over two months. Register here.

SSP16: A Conversation with Dr. Franca Cortoni About Women Who Sexually Abuse

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Dr. Franca Cortoni is one of the world’s leading experts on women who sexually abuse. She is currently a full time faculty member of the University of Montreal School of Criminology, a research fellow at the International Center of Comparative Criminology, and president of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers).

In this episode, Dr. Cortoni:

  • Expels the popular myth that there is no such thing as a woman who purposefully choose to sexually abuse.
  • Explains why we cannot apply to women the same tools that have been developed for assessing risk of recidivism in men.
  • Talks about gender differences in treatment and management needs.

Be sure to leave us your comments/questions on this podcast episode! 
(If you do not see the comment section below, please click here.)


Click the image to purchase Women Who Sexually Abuse!

Related SSP Material:
– Women Who Sexually Abuse: Assessment, Treatment, and Management, by Franca Cortoni – Dr. Cortoni reviews what we currently know about women who engaged in sexually abusive behavior and recommends best practices for the assessment, treatment and management of female sexual offenders

Safer Society Handbook of Sexual Abuser Assessment and Treatment, Chapter 15, Working with Women Who Sexually Offend, by Franca Cortoni, a pdf downloadable.

Registration for the 2018 ATSA Conference is open

i Jul 3rd No Comments by

We received a notice today from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers informing us that registration for the 37th annual conference is official open. The conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from October 17 to 20.

You can learn more and register for the conference here.

SSP15: A Conversation with Dr. Alissa Ackerman about Vicarious Restorative Justice with Sexual Abusers

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Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.

In this episode, Dr. Ackerman:

  • Explains the concept of restorative justice (RJ), a framework that brings together people who have caused harm with people who have been harmed.
  • Talks about the use of RJ worldwide to address societal harms (e.g., apartheid in South Africa), its recent introduction in the U.S. as an alternative to incarceration for low-level crimes, and her proposed framework for its use in cases of sexual abuse.
  • Describes vicarious restorative justice (VRJ), a practice that allows individuals who have experienced sexual harm to sit face to face with individuals who have perpetrated it.

Be sure to leave us your comments/questions on this podcast episode! 
(If you do not see the comment section below, please click here.)


Related SSP Material: Look for Dr. Ackerman’s book on vicarious restorative justice to be published by Safer Society Press in 2019.

You can also listen to Dr. Alissa-Acklin in Safer Society Press Podcast 12 & 13:  
SSP12 (Part 1 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement

 

 

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SSP14: A Conversation with Dr. Norbert Ralph about Promoting Social Skills in Adolescents

i Apr 24th 3 Comments by

Dr. Norbert Ralph, clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, and epidemiologist. He works as a psychologist in juvenile hall in San Francisco with youth in detention and also treats juveniles who have sexually offended on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Ralph is the author of Being a Pro, a workbook for promoting prosocial skills in adolescents. In this episode, Dr. Ralph talks about:

  • His interest in the neuropsychology of social reasoning development in adolescents
  • The meaning of the term prosocial development, and
  • The research and theoretical foundations of his workbook, Being a Pro

Listen to Norbert talk about his years of experience working with adolescents and his search for an evidence-based intervention that would be effective and practical for the average clinician to employ.


Click here to purchase Being A Pro – $14.95!

Be sure to leave us your comments/questions on this podcast episode! 
(If you do not see the comment section below, please click here.)

Related SSP Material: Being a Pro, The Prosocial Model for Problem Solving, by Norbert Ralph, PhD, a workbook for building pro-social problem solving skills in justice-system involved teens, that is written in plain language with content designed to engage today’s youths.

Exhibit at the MASOC/MATSA Joint Conference

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Here’s a look at the Safer Society Press book table at the 20th Annual MASOC/MATSA Joint Conference in Marlborough, MA!

Make sure to stop by our tables if you’re attending. We will be setup until 2:30 p.m.

Train Yourself or Your Staff with Series of Workshop Videos, Now Only $20!

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You can’t be at every conference, or make it to every session at a conference.
That’s why Safer Society Press brings you this series of workshop videos!

Recorded at national and regional conferences, these videos capture leading experts in our field sharing their knowledge, experience and insights. These videos are great tools for honing your skills and training staff, all from the convenience of your office. Learn more and watch previews. (Note: Because most people do not apply for the CEUs, it is no longer feasible for us to continue to offer this service.)

Learn more and watch previews by clicking the titles below!

NYATSA Conference – May 21-23

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The New York State Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Alliance for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse are holding their 23rd annual joint conference. The conference theme is Working Together: Unifying the Approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York May 21 to 23, 2018.

Learn more here

 

Closed Due to Winter Storm, March 13th & 14th

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Due to a major winter storm, Safer Society’s office will be closed on Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th.

Customers can order online through our webstore 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have any questions, you can email info@safersociety.org and we will reply as soon as possible. We anticipate re-opening on Thursday, March 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Winter storm closure, Thursday, March 8

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Due to a major winter storm, Safer Society’s office will be closed on Thursday, March 8th. Customers can order online through our webstore 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We anticipate re-opening on Friday, March 9.