Creating Peace Inside the Prison System - Panel

Saturday, October 27, 10:15 - 11:45

Ali Imel, RVT, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Yosemite Bark Pet Services
Rev. Dr. Judy DeRosa, Native American Artist and Echota Cherokee Elder
Lupe Camorlinga, Peer Specialist, Alliance for Community Transformations

For the roughly 2.2 million people incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails, daily life is often violent, degrading, and hopeless. Recidivism is high and the future can look bleak.

But what if our approach to those behind bars were constructive, rather than destructive? What if correctional facilities provided programs and resources to educate and encourage? What if communities partnered with prisons not only to improve life on the inside, but also to increase the prospect of success on the outside?

Today, programs at jails and prisons across the country are demonstrating that this is possible. In these programs, inmates are finding compassion for others and purpose for themselves. In this session you’ll hear from 3 panelist: One who teaches inmates how to provide obedience training to dogs, one who provides art therapy to incarcerated women, and one who served time inside and knows just how these programs can help.