A 6 hour training event with Brenda Westberry
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
PRESENTATION: The number of adults in the criminal justice system has soared due largely to prosecutions of drug related crimes and drug addicted offenders. Criminal offenders have rates of substance abuse and dependence that are more than four times that of the general non-criminal population. The shift in criminal justice practices, policies, and laws has resulted in vast racial disparities in the average length of sentences for comparable offenses such as crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. *Thirty-eight percent of prison and jail inmates are African American while Latinos constitute 19% of the prison and jail population. There are major institutions that affect crime and carry out the application of justice for victims and punish offenders. The disparities in punishment and other criminal justice and correctional problems have resulted in the over-representation of minorities in our criminal justice system. During this workshop we will examine the interconnectedness surrounding race crime and criminal justice including the differences in sentencing, crime and violence. Attention will be given to racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system as it relates to substance abuse as well as the exploration of current research and practices. As a result of attending this training participants will:
1. Identify who is incarcerated and the impact and prevalence of incarceration and reentry on racial and ethnic minorities.
2. Analyze racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.
3. Identify the connection between substance use, poverty and crime.
PRESENTER: Brenda Westberry is President and founder of Westberry Consulting where she facilitates workshops, conferences and trainings on a national level for businesses, government and community agencies. Brenda is a retired Chief Probation Officer from the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. She has over 30 years of experience in working with criminal justice offenders, treatment agencies, the addicted client population and recovery organizations. Brenda has extensive training in working with multiple validated risk assessments using evidence-based practices and was trained by members of J-SAT and the National Institute of Corrections in the instruction of Motivational Interviewing, coding, coaching and feedback. Brenda has been involved in multiple projects throughout the country working with correctional and community agencies with both adult and juvenile offenders who have faced life sentences. Brenda is a professor in the Criminology, Sociology, Social Work and Applied Sciences Department at Eastern Connecticut State University and an Instructor for the ATTC-NE, at Brown University, as well as a 10-year faculty member of the New England School of Addiction Studies and the New England School of Best Practices. Brenda holds a Master’s degree in Sociology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Law Administration.
Fee: *NHADACA Members: $55; *Non-Members $65; *NBCC add $5. Lunch will be on your own.
For registration information contact: 603-225-7060, email@example.com