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

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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Average Rating: 4stars  decarceration is the way to go. , Saturday, February 10, 2018

By Susan Bhuiyan :

I found this podcast to be extremely informative and relevant. Mass incarceration is a problem that faces many people in society and Dr.Epperson and Dr. Pettus-Davis discuss not only reducing the amount that people are in prison and changing legislation to reduce the amount of time that people are incarcerated for but how as a society we can help people once they are no longer in prison. It is not only about getting people out of prison but what kind of supports and service can we offer to help them get back on their feet. Jobs, housing and integration back into society can be difficult for people who have been incarcerated and this podcast really sheds light on what we can do to change the conversation. How we help people outside of prison is just as important as how we help them to get out of prison and to ensure that they they have a better chance of being successful and not going to prison again. Another aspect of this podcast that I found to be very important was their collaborative work with people who were prisoners previously.
Overall, I found this to be a very informative and important podcast. I would have like to have heard different methods in which the general public can help people who are in the decarceration process.

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Average Rating: 4stars  smart decarceration is the way to go, Thursday, February 01, 2018

By Shana :

Dr. Matthew Epperson and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis present an important alternative to the mass incarceration phenomenon in the United States in this episode of inSocialWork. The idea of "smart decarceration" is extremely relevant to our society today, and particularly important to social workers who are interested in working with/in the criminal justice system. Epperson and Pettus-Davis stress the importance of this subject matter to those in the social work field because those who are impacted by mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system are often those who are most vulnerable and marginalized. The smart decarceration approach should be credited for its attempt to bring social workers and those who are incarcerated or involved with the criminal justice system together to develop sustainable and just alternatives to mass incarceration.

One thing I would have liked to see included in this discussion is the role of trauma and how to couple smart decarceration with trauma-informed care in order to provide the best outcomes for those involved in the criminal justice system with a history of trauma. Nonetheless, smart decarceration seems like a viable alternative to the mass incarceration movement in the U.S. and an important approach to consider for social workers interested in the criminal justice system.

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