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Dismas House Speaker Series-Bess O'Brien - Shared screen with speaker view
Cynthia Maltbie
51:08
Thank you, Bess. So moving.
bartlett leber
54:44
I’d love to hear what drew Bess to tell this story
Lauren Mabie
57:42
How do you think restorative methods like COSA can properly balance the need for a person who has caused harm (specifically sexual violence) to heal and the fear of members of the community who may have experienced sexual violence themselves?
Carol Plante (she/her) MCJC
57:44
Community Justice Center's receive funding for the CoSA/Reentry Programs but are not a division of DOC.
Carol Plante (she/her) MCJC
58:37
CJCs are embedded in towns/cities or are independent non-profits.
Charlotte Ream Cooper
59:07
Who were people at the table(s)? Some trained professionals? Some community people? What training? How often do they meet with the former offender? Can offender call them for support (like AA sponsors)?
megan_culp@comcast.net
01:00:45
What is the recidivism rate for those who engage in COSA? Seems like a great place to put more funding rather than the cost of putting back in jail.
bartlett leber
01:03:25
Bess, you are describing the Dismas volunteer phenomenon exactly — it really is the community interaction and caring that is so important
Maria Lamson
01:04:26
I just heard of a private org called "Working Fields" in northern Vt which is an employment agency with social services for people who have a felony on their record. Also sounds like important, similar work!
Deb Diegoli
01:04:45
Sorry, have to drive someone up to get stitches. Good to see you all!!
Lauren Mabie
01:05:31
Can you please loop back to my question as well when you get a chance
Jennifer Rataj (she/her/hers)
01:06:16
Yes, we definitely will, Lauren! I wanted to respond to questions around the same theme and then give yours to Bess.
Lauren Mabie
01:06:25
Got it, thanks!
Ray Chin
01:06:58
Well done everyone. Have to go now.
Linda Gray
01:08:24
Has there been any serious talk about converting a Vermont State College Campus to a working/living/learning center for ex-prisoners? These campuses are central to their communities, have facilities etc....It may not be right for all those coming out, but it might work for some.
Lauren Mabie
01:14:23
Thanks, I appreciate those thorough answers
Elizabeth Craib
01:16:12
I thnk it was 29%
Charlotte Ream Cooper
01:20:21
Are all people accepted for program if they asked for the help?
Jennifer Rataj (she/her/hers)
01:20:27
https://hartfordjusticecenter.org/volunteer/
Carol Plante (she/her) MCJC
01:23:21
Vermont Works for Women is another great program.
KSaunders
01:23:54
Headrest in Lebanon NH has a similar service
Jon Felde
01:25:15
Is that a legal prohibition for convicted felons from access to subsidized housing? If so, it sounds like that needs to change.
Jennifer Rataj (she/her/hers)
01:26:51
Link to rent or purchase the full video of "Coming Home": https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cominghomecosa
Jennifer Rataj (she/her/hers)
01:28:03
Link to register for our next Speaker Series. Jessica Brown, Public Defender. Friday, April 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. https://forms.gle/DZPCe5UocJ97wvzB9
Jeff Wilcox
01:28:14
Thanks for a wonderful event.
Jennifer Rataj (she/her/hers)
01:29:40
https://dismasofvt.org/hartford-dismas/new-hartford-volunteer-opportunities/
Susan Johnson
01:29:58
Thanks to all!
Linda Gray
01:30:09
Those interested in a different model of incarcerating/rehabilitating our offenders can look to German and Danish "prisons" which are more like lightly restricted communities, support work experience, and help reintegrate individuals into caring for others in and outside the "prison".... The main goal of these places is reintegrating individuals into caring community life, rather than "punishment".
Jon Felde
01:31:26
Prison abolition in Vermont https://www.wjfi.org/
Jennifer Rataj (she/her/hers)
01:32:58
Thank you, Jon, for sharing this link!
Charlotte Ream Cooper
01:33:27
Thank you. Outstanding program.
Ivy Schweitzer
01:35:35
Thank you so much, everyone.
Nan Cochran (she/her)
01:35:37
Thanks for a terrific film and a great presentation - it was really helpful to hear about COSA’s from multiple perspectives! They are obviously very powerful! I totally support focusing on connection and support and vastly reducing the unbelievable incarceration rates in the US!
Lauren Mabie
01:35:47
So inspiring. Thank you all for this great event.
KR
01:36:05
Thank you for this great program, and the work that you all do.
megan_culp@comcast.net
01:36:12
Windsor County Mentors is an organization that matches caring adults with youth 7-14 years to keep them OUT of trouble. We always need more mentors also! Thanks so much for this presentation! www.wmentors.org