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Compassion in Prison and Beyond: A Gold Standard of Care 

May 3, 2017                8:30 AM–2:00 PM

USC Davidson Continuing Education Center

Vineyard Room, 3409 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

A crisis is looming in our prisons due to the rapidly aging prison population. Prison facilities are not geared to accommodate the needs of the aging, who are prone to predation and humiliation with the natural slowdown of physical mobility and cognitive processes. This symposium will promote awareness, highlight existing model programs and bring stakeholders together to exchange knowledge and ideas about addressing the health needs of an aging incarcerated population.

The conference is hosted by the USC Edward Roybal Institute on Aging in partnership with the Center for Health Justice.

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The California Jail Programs Association (CJPA) is the only organization that addresses the multiple challenges of inmate programming and custodial services in California. The membership is made up of both sworn and non-sworn professionals in corrections, program management, educational, vocational, psych-social services, recreation, pastoral care and behavioral health, from both large and small county jails. CJPA members understand the unique aspects of jail programming and services. The goal of CJPA is to rapidly share information, review best practices and evidence based modalities in program delivery.

The CJPA puts on quarterly conferences. For more information go to their website:



Read a new Director’s Corner message for updates on NIJ’s upcoming funding opportunities, which will be released over the next several months. A selection of FY ‘17 solicitations include:

  • Research & Eval in Safety, Health, & Wellness in the Criminal Justice System
  • Research to Improve Officer Decision-Making
  • Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices
  • Research on Reducing Violence in Communities
  • Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence
  • New Investigator/Early Career Program
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime

Read the full message for details on these upcoming funding topics.

Stay tuned for registration info for several webinars to be held.

Ensure your future proposal is competitive, read “Tips for Making Your Proposal Competitive.”



AVP CA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit registered organization. It is funded by donations as well as sliding-scale contributions from participants in community workshops. Prisoners with AVP experience also contribute a significant amount. There are AVP councils around the state, which you can find listed here.  The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitates participants’ capacity to positively transform relationships by practicing affirmation, communication, conflict resolution and community building.  All AVP facilitators and participants volunteer their time.


AVP was founded in 1975 at Greenhaven Prison in New York State after the Attica prison riots when inmates, local Quakers and other community members collaborated on a curriculum to teach non-violence that was influenced by the Civil Rights movement’s goal to build Beloved Community. From that origin AVP has now spread to 33 states and 45 countries.

Although workshops had been taking place in California since the mid-1980’s, AVP California was formed in 2004 to respond to the call by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to significantly increase the number of workshops in California prisons.  That required increased coordination, outreach, and recruitment of new facilitators across the state. AVP is currently in 22 of the 36 prisons throughout the state of California.  In 2015, AVP California facilitated 393 workshops in 20 state prisons, 3 jails, 2 probation facilities, and 58 community settings. The number of facilitators inside prison increased by 18 percent, from 543 to 636, while the number of community facilitators increased by just over 23 percent, from 163 to 198.