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Trauma Program Named as Semifinalist for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards
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WRAPLast week, it was announced that the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has recognized the Women’s Re-entry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative from Chester County, Pennsylvania as a semifinalist for this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards.  County Commissioner Michelle Kichline described the WRAP program as “transforming a male-centric justice system to one of connections and interventions that respect the life experiences women bring to the system. WRAP’s holistic and gender-specific approach is not only innovative, but it is highly successful. We’re pleased that an organization as esteemed as Harvard University’s Ash Center has recognized this innovation too.”

From The Times Herald news:

The WRAP program is a “trauma-informed” approach to dealing with women who find themselves in the criminal justice system. The program began in 2014 with 50 women, working with one probation officer trained in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed approaches. In two years, WRAP has expanded to the current census of 149 women, using three probation officers, two full-time community case managers and curricula and tools that address women’s risk factors, one titled “Moving On,” and the other “Self.”

To date, more than 100 women have taken part in the prison- and community-based programs it offers, and the county has seen the recidivism rate among female offenders drop by more than 60 percent.

Trauma-informed practices have been identified as key to a gender-responsive approach with justice involved women.  The National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women provides a series of Jail Tip Sheets for working with justice involved women. The second sheet in the series focuses specifically on trauma and provides a list of steps to how be more trauma informed.

Access the full article from The Times Herald

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For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.




Posted Wed, Mar 1 2017 7:54 AM by Susan Powell

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