Criminal Justice System & Forensic Social Work Episodes

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Episode 212 - Dr. Matthew Epperson and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis: Smart Decarceration

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD

Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:34:11 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Matthew Epperson and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis discuss their research and efforts to provide an alternative to the mass incarceration movement in the United States. Both are scholars and leaders of the Smart Decarceration Initiative, and they describe their mission and goals. They argue that our current system of mass incarceration should be replaced with effective and sustainable alternatives that protect society as well as assist people who have committed crimes.

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Episode 211 - Sarah Beck Buchanan, Wright Kaminer, and Dr. Roger Nooe: The Community Law Office: An Integration of Social Work and Criminal Defense

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD

Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:32:43 AM

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In the United States, there are more than ten million criminal arrests each year. It is well known that many of those arrested also have a number of personal and environmental issues that not only shape their daily lives but can also be influential in their arrests and affect their defense and sentencing. In this episode, Sarah Beck Buchanan, Wright Kaminer, and Dr. Roger Nooe of the Knox County Public Defender's Office discuss their program, which has social workers working in collaboration with public defense attorneys with the goal of producing better legal outcomes by addressing the psychosocial needs of their clients.

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Episode 205 - Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil: Who Shot Ya?: A Novel Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, December 05, 2016, 8:13:44 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Joseph Richardson and Dr. Christopher St. Vil discuss their use of a longitudinal, ethnographic study of young Black men admitted to the hospital for treatment of violent injury to inform development of a hospital-based violence intervention program. They also report on research that they have conducted to better understand nonfatal use of force by police. From the findings of these two studies, they offer specific recommendations that have implications for programs as well as policy.

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Episode 192 - Dr. Caroline Long Burry: "No One Asked About My Children": Voices of Incarcerated Mothers

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD

Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:42:09 AM

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A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that from 1991 to 2007 the number of incarcerated mothers increased by a startling one hundred and thirty-one percent. In this podcast, Dr. Caroline Long Burry discusses a pilot study she conducted with these parents with the hope of better understanding their parenting experiences. Also explored are the mothers' attempts to negotiate the criminal justice system while in their role as parents.

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Episode 167 - Ronjonette Harrison: Innovative Change for Juvenile Offenders Through Legislation and Intervention

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD

Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:32:02 AM

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In the majority of U.S. states, individuals age 16 or 17 who are arrested will have their cases heard in juvenile or family courts. However, in the states of New York and North Carolina, 16 and 17 year olds who are arrested find their cases handled in adult criminal court. In New York State, the "Raise the Age" campaign is an effort to change that state's law and move cases involving 16 and 17 year old offenders out of the adult courts. In this episode, Ms. Ronjonette Harrison explains why raising the age is important and describes an alternative to adult court.

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Episode 138 - Dr. Robert Duran: "Smile Now, Cry Later": Gang Life - An Insider's Journey

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, March 03, 2014, 8:54:16 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Robert Duran discusses what he has learned in 20 years of being involved in, observing, and researching gangs. His unique perspective lends him multiple lenses to inform and challenge conventional wisdom related to what gangs offer their members, the contexts in which they form, and what holds them together.

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Episode 135 - Chris Veeh: Traumatic Brain Injury and Incarcerated Youths: A Role for Social Work

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW/ACSW

Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:52:51 AM

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In this episode, Chris Veeh discusses how early life head trauma can play a role in behavior that leads to incarceration. He also suggests that the number of incarcerated youth with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is significant. Tools to screen and assess for TBI history in adolescents as well as evidence-based interventions that the social work practitioner can employ are identified.

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Episode 134 - Dr. Kelli Canada: The Role of Caseworker-Client Relationships Within Mental Health Courts

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW

Monday, January 06, 2014, 8:07:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Kelli Canada discusses her research on the perceived relationship between mental health court participants and their caseworkers, and its effect on outcomes.

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Episode 96 - Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly: Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Preliminary Outcomes and the Role of Environmental Influences

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD, MSSW

Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:42:29 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly discuss their research into Forensic Assertive Community Treatment, an adaptation of traditional ACT that attempts to explore the unique challenges faced by previously incarcerated persons with mental illness as they re-enter communities. Dr. Watson and Mr. Kelly interpret their findings and advocate for a broader response beyond focus on this population's mental illness to an appreciation for environmental factors (such as housing) in the population's attempts to avoid recidivism and experience success in the community.

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Episode 94 - Dr. Shelly Wiechelt and Dr. Corey Shdaimah: Women's Experiences in Street-Level Prostitution: Implications for Court-Based and Social Service Programs (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Margaret Coombes, PhD

Monday, April 16, 2012, 8:25:05 AM

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In the second of a two-part podcast, Dr. Shelly Wiechelt and Dr. Corey Shdaimah return to conclude the discussion of their research into women engaging in street-level prostitution in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Episode 92 - Dr. Shelly Wiechelt and Dr. Corey Shdaimah: Women's Experiences in Street-Level Prostitution: Implications for Court-Based and Social Service Programs (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Margaret Coombes, PhD

Monday, March 19, 2012, 9:57:35 AM

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In part one of a two-part podcast, Drs. Wiechelt and Shdaimah discuss their research of women in prostitution in Baltimore, Maryland. They describe how they were drawn to study the women, explain the importance of debunking popular myths related to this population, and emphasize why trauma-informed services rather than punitive and shaming responses are warranted.

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Episode 71 - Katherine Montgomery: Individual and Relational Factors Associated with Delinquency Among Throwaway Adolescents

Interviewer: Charles Syms, MSW

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:08:56 AM

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In this episode, Katherine Montgomery, MSSW and doctoral student, reports on the findings and implications of her recent study on domain-specific factors that distinguish "throwaway youth" from delinquent youth. Ms. Montgomery also describes how understanding specific individual and relational factors may inform more individualized, evidence-based treatment planning among this unique population of adolescents.

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Episode 50 - Dr. Judith Herman: Justice from the Victim's Perspective

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, July 12, 2010, 9:48:52 AM

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In this episode, trauma expert and author Dr. Judith Herman discusses her initial encounters with oppressed women and how she initially organized her thinking about victims of trauma. Dr. Herman describes what she is currently learning from a sample of trauma survivors about what they are interested in regarding justice, healing, forgiveness, and the role of the community in their healing.

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Episode 1 - Hon. Lisa Bloch Rodwin: Social Workers in the Justice System

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 8:53:28 PM

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This episode features a conversation with domestic violence expert, the Hon. Lisa Bloch Rodwin, Family Court judge for Erie County, New York, discussing the important role of social workers in the justice system.

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