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January 22, 2018


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The Library has compiled resources to help you learn about the issue through reading lists and audio recordings.

Some recordings are part of a yearlong project that a team at the Library has undertaken, focused on court involved and formerly incarcerated patrons. The major project the team embarked on was listening to different people and organizations sharing about their experience and work in this field, as well as some of the challenges facing people when they are involved in the court system or released from prison- and along the way the team also heard a lot about the struggles families and communities face while their loved ones are incarcerated.

We talked to over 20 organizations, and wanted to deepen the conversations between some of our participants in podcasts to share these very important stories and issues with a larger audience.


Criminal Justice - Learning more about criminal justice by reading some of these titles.

Children and Family - Resources for Children & Teens with court-involved family members.

Voices of the Justice Involved - Based in lived experience, a list of works by persons touched by the court system.

Audio Recordings

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Dr. Edwin Nichols: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Beyond
Community talk by Dr. Edwin J. Nichols, renowned organizational psychologist and groundbreaking racial justice advocate. Dr. Nichols takes a deeper look at his pioneering work on racial relations, including a deeper dive into how we can address a pressing equity issue, like the school to prison pipeline and other forms of institutional racism.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 49.0 MB] [duration: 1:46:58]

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Ava DuVernay's 13th Film Screening
Listen to an exciting panel discussion on criminal justice reform and over-incarceration that followed the screening of the film. Panelists include: Dominique Davis, co-founder and CEO of Community Passageways and Jerrell Davis, educator, artist, and community activist from South Seattle.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 17.1MB] [duration: 37:15]

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The impact of incarceration - Part I: Incarcerated parents and reunification
Learn about the impacts of incarceration on incarcerated parents, children and families in this conversation between D'Adre Cunningham, the Incarcerated Parents Project attorney at Washington Defender Association in Seattle, Washington, and Alise Hegle, the Advocacy Lead for Children's Home Society of Washington and coordinator of Parent Ally work across the state. In this conversation, they discuss the challenges incarcerated parents face, as well as their parent advocacy work and the challenges to reaching the goal of parent/child reunification.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 19.5MB] [duration: 42:38]

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The impact of incarceration - Part II: Root causes, challenges to reentry work, the impact of mentorship and the way forward

Willard Jimerson, Franklyn Smith, and Keith Whiteman speak from their personal experiences with incarceration, as well as their professional work and studies, in this stimulating discussion addressing root causes of incarceration, challenges people face re-entering communities after incarceration, the school to prison pipeline and this work going forward.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.4MB] [duration: 53:15]

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The impact of incarceration - Part III: Serving your time too often is not the end of punishment for the court involved

Judge David Keenan speaks on the individual and community impacts of incarceration. Judge Keenan knows multiple sides of our justice system: he was raised by his mother on public assistance, was arrested and charged as a youth, and dropped out of school after repeated suspensions, later earning his GED.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 8.7MB] [duration: 18:57]

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Advancing Racial Equity & Engaging the Community's Voice: Reverend Starsky Wilson
In the wake of Michael Brown, Jr.'s tragic death in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, what can other cities and regions do to advance racial equity and authentically work together to support and empower communities? Listen in to a conversation with Reverend Starsky D. Wilson, president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation and co-chair of the Ferguson Commission. Discussion topics include the role of the media in shaping conversations about race and how to engage diverse community voices when working towards equity and equitable outcomes for all.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.1 MB] [duration: 1:18:53]

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Susan Burton: 'Becoming Ms. Burton'
Turning to drugs after the tragic loss of her son, Susan Burton cycled in and out of prison before getting clean. She then dedicated her life to helping women facing similar struggles. This is her story.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.8 MB] [duration: 54:01]

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Beyond the Wall: Panel Discussion
Listen to a panel discussion on local issues, obstacles, and advocacy for people with criminal histories in our community. Panelists include: Saudia J. Abdullah, Director, Community Corrections Division King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention; Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services & Washington State Reentry Task Force; Lynette Malo, Pioneer Human Services Employee; Keith Whiteman, Post Prison Education Project; and moderator Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 17.8 MB] [duration: 38:54]

Additional Resources

  • Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families - A report that proves the costs of locking up millions of people in jail cells is much deeper than we think – when we lock up individuals we also break apart their families and communities.
  • Columbia Legal Services - Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships.
  • Families for Justice as Healing - Families for Justice as Healing organizes formerly incarcerated women to join the movement toward ending incarceration of women.
  • If Project - The If Project is a partnership between law enforcement, currently and previously incarcerated adults, and community leaders to build commonality, reduce misperceptions and serve as a deterrent to recidivism and future incarceration.
  • Incarcerated Parents Project - The Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP) reduces the overall chances of family separation due to parental incarceration in Washington State.
  • National Council - The mission of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (National Council) is to end the incarceration of women and girls by building a movement grounded in support, coalition building, solidarity and human rights.
  • Projects for a Civil Society - Works to bring Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) to veterans, the incarcerated, schools, and youth.
  • Reentry Mythbuster - Fact sheets designed to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families in areas such as public housing, access to benefits, parental rights, employer incentives, Medicaid, suspension/termination, and more.
  • Seattle Fair Chance Employment Ordinance - This ordinance restricts how employers can use conviction and arrest records during the hiring process and course of employment within city limits.
  • Washington Appleseed - Washington Appleseed mobilizes volunteer attorneys and collaborates with community partners to level the playing field for Washington State's vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  • Washington State Court Directory - Find contact information for the Washington State Courts and organizations related to Official Court Business.

We thank our partners

This program is presented in partnership with The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Creative Justice, FIGHT and Black Prisoners Caucus.