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Webinar: “From Arrest to Homecoming—Addressing the Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents” August 22, 2010

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On September 1, 2010, the National Reentry Resource Center will host a free webinar on how best to address the challenges faced by children of incarcerated parents. This webinar will cover the emotional and physical needs of children of incarcerated parents and the complex family dynamics among children, incarcerated parents, and caregivers. Practical tips and sample resources developed by experienced service providers, such as co-parenting agreements, will be shared.

This webinar, facilitated by Margaret diZerega, Family Justice program director at the Vera Institute of Justice, will feature presentations by:

* Dee Ann Newell, M.A., Founder and Executive Director, Arkansas Voices for Children Left Behind. Ms. Newell’s organization is instrumental in the development of state legislation to support subsidized guardianship by relative caregivers for children of incarcerated parents and legislation to protect pregnant mothers during incarceration. From 2006 to 2008, she provided technical assistance to fourteen states around policy and program development for children of incarcerated parents.
* Yali Lincroft, M.B.A.., Independent Consultant, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the American Humane Association, and First Focus. Ms. Lincroft’s fifteen years of experience in policy and program planning at the local, state, and federal level includes work as a policy consultant for the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents’ initiative to improve child welfare services. Her recent and upcoming publications include After the Earthquake: A Bulletin for Child Welfare Organizations Assisting Haitian Families in the United States and a toolkit for social workers assisting incarcerated parents, which will be published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the fall of 2010.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

This webinar, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be held at 2:00 P.M. (E.T.) on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

* To register for this webinar, click here.


On Budget Policy, Chris Dudley Tosses Kevin Mannix Under the Bus August 18, 2010

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Chris Dudley and Kevin Mannix share one thing in common: they have both been nominated by the Oregon Republican Party to run for governor.

But Dudley, the party’s current nominee, showed Tuesday that this bond only goes so far. As part of his drive to portray himself as willing to make the tough budget decisions, Dudley announced that he would oppose the Mannix ballot measure toughening sentences for sex crimes and drunk driving.

Dudley also announced he would oppose another ballot measure continuing the diversion of lottery dollars into parks and wildlife habitat. In both cases, he said the state simply could not afford it.

“While the goals of these measures are laudable, their cost is simply too high,” Dudley said.

Mannix said Wednesday morning that he had a “brief conversation” with Dudley about his measure and tried to persuade him that it would be several years before the tougher sentences would have much of an impact on the budget. And even then, it would at most be one-fifth of 1 percent of the general fund budget, he said.

Of course, as anybody knows, you can get yourself in financial trouble by telling yourself that each individual purchase is no big deal as you whip out your credit card.

Whatever the case, Dudley has clearly decided that he’d rather take a stand for limiting spending than backing Mannix, the GOP nominee in 2002, on another one of his crime issues.

Mannix noted that voters bought his really big crime initiative – Measure 11 – back in 1994 despite widespread warnings from the political establishment that it would have a huge pricetag.

Still, it’s worth noting that the Republican nominee for governor that year, Denny Smith, supported Measure 11.

Now, opponents of Mannix’s new initiative, Measure 73, will be able to run ads saying that both nominees for governor are opposed. That will be interesting to see if that catches the attention of voters in this volatile political year.

UPDATE: Josh Alpert, who is managing the parks initiative, Measure 76, also sought to minimize the political impact of Dudley’s announcement. He said supporters had unsuccessfully sought a meeting with Dudley in recent months to argue the merits of their initiative.

Interestingly, Mannix also supports the parks measure, saying that the diversions have been particularly successful in improving state parks and open space.


Measure 73 Creates More Mandatory Minimum Sentences August 3, 2010

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Here’s a message from our friends at the Partnership For Safety and Justice:

We learned today from the Secretary of State’s Office that Kevin Mannix’s latest measure, on which we will be voting on November 2, has been assigned to be ballot measure number 73.

Measure 73 creates mandatory minimum sentences for sex offenses and driving while under the influence. Like other Mannix initiatives, M73 creates a one-size-fits-all response to very serious and complicated problems and does nothing to support community-based programs that provide life-saving programs to survivors or prevent the crimes listed in the measure.

Oregon can’t afford another Mannix measure. State agencies are making 9% cuts to their programs and services. That means even more people will be turned away from shelters and fewer people will get treatment for their addictions. Right now, we need to shore up these services that support survivors and help people live without–and drive without–drugs and alcohol.

Mannix’s newest measure could draw even more youth into the prison system. We are researching loopholes that could inappropriately force juveniles to serve long adult sentences.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on ballot measure 73 and how you can get involved in opposing Mannix’s latest mandatory measure.