OK Prison Sentence Commutations Demonstrates Need for Upcoming South Southwest MHTTC Criminal Justice Trainings
This fall, the governor of Oklahoma commuted over 500 individuals’ sentences, marking the largest single-commutation in American history. The act of clemency applied to individuals convicted of a non-violent offense. The governor’s orders come at the heels of Oklahoma reclassifying certain minor felonies as misdemeanors in 2016.
All this, though great news for criminal justice reform advocates, begs the question: what happens next? How can we support these individuals re-entering the community? What can we provide to prevent recidivism?
The South Southwest MHTTC is dedicating efforts to training and technical assistance for professionals, individuals with lived experience, and other stakeholders in the behavioral health supports that are necessary at each stage in the criminal justice process to promote rehabilitation and successful re-entry.
The program will provide trainings that bolster resources to improve behavioral health, and discuss the various ways our communities can help divert individuals out of the criminal justice system – no matter the phase of the process the individual is in. The series will begin on December 13th with a webinar on Via Hope’s Reentry Peer Specialist Program, which emphasizes the importance of implementing support from individuals with lived experience in the rehabilitation process.
The Criminal Justice Continuum
Recovery After Incarceration: The Role of Peers in the Reentry Process
December 13th, 2019
12:00 – 1:30pm
Registration link: incarcerationrecoverysswmhttc.eventbrite.com