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October 26, 2021 One Community, One Book Webinar

On Tuesday, October 26th, Inside Out hosted an event with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights reflecting on Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller’s book “Halfway Home.” His book points out that mass incarceration is designed to follow people home — from the effects of having lived in a dehumanizing environment to the continuing confines of life on parole; from legal discrimination in housing and job markets to widespread social stigma. People returning to Johnson County, IA, after incarceration discussed some of the many challenges they face and what has helped them succeed. Read More

June 18, 2021 Justice that Heals Webinar

Hosted by Inside Out Reentry Community, Justice That Heals: A Forum on Restorative Justice provides an overview on Restorative Justice and how it works to heal people who’ve been harmed by criminal acts as well as those who’ve caused that harm. In this webinar learn from Ted Lewis, a restorative justice trainer and consultant, and from a panel of local practitioners who will share initiatives in our community. Read More

Justice That Heals: A Forum on Restorative Justice

The U.S. criminal legal system relies on “Retributive Justice” — punishment for wrong-doing — but there is an alternative! Restorative Justice works to heal people who’ve been harmed by criminal acts as well as those who’ve caused that harm. Join us for a virtual forum to learn from national experts about Restorative Justice, including how it is used as an effective alternative to incarceration, and from a panel of local practitioners who will share initiatives in our community in a variety of settings, including reentry. Read More

Eastern Iowa Groups Offer Support for Children of Imprisoned Parents

It’s a traumatic event when a parent goes to prison. Trauma for the parent, spouse, and children. Especially the children. Inside Out Reentry Community of Iowa City has launched a new project to help those kids. It’s a special “youth support kit” for children impacted by incarceration, funded through a grant from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

The kits are designed for Johnson County children 9 and younger. Each kit will include one of four picture books about having an incarcerated caregiver, based on the age of the child. Read More

April 22, 2021 Unheard Voices Webinar

Hosted by Inside Out Reentry Community, the Unheard Voices: Impacts of Incarceration on Children and Families webinar discusses the hidden impacts of incarceration and reentry on children, partners, and family members. These groups often face challenges finding support for their situation, as well as the effects of the societal stigma surrounding incarceration. This webinar includes a panel of service providers who will discuss programming and support groups for these families and children, as well as a panel of individuals who have been impacted by the incarceration of a loved one. This event discusses available opportunities and identifies gaps in support for these unheard voices. Read More