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Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Biloxi

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose e sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who've Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…

Orlando Public Defender's Office Hosts 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive

A very big thank you to all who volunteered and donated on Saturday . . . Not only did we resupply our closets with wardrobes for clients in court, we also: Provided warm clothing for people in need Saturday Connected with members…

Did 'Warrior Gene' Predispose Man to Violence? Top New Mexico Court to Consider Evidence Issue

The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a judge improperly barred evidence of a genetic variation linked to impulsive violence in a man’s murder trial. Lawyers for Anthony Blas Yepez contend his genetic predisposition…
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Hyperconnectivity in a Brain Circuit May Predict Psychosis

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded scientists have discovered a pattern in the way a brain circuit works that may help predict the onset of psychosis. High levels of chatter, or “hyperconnectivity,” in a circuit involving…

17th Annual PD Clothing Drive - Saturday, December 15 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Getting ready for the Holidays? Please remember the 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive, Saturday, December 15, 2018 Please bring your clean, serviceable clothing for men, women and children to our collection point at the Orange County Courthouse…
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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince a Loved One to Give Up Their Guns?

Families of people with dementia will often take away the car keys to keep their family member safe. They might remove knobs from stove burners or lock up medicine. But what's less talked about is the risk of guns in the home for those…
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Chargers' Joe Barksdale Uses Guitar as Therapy in Battle with Depression

Joe Barksdale considered taking his life midway through last season. But when his mind meanders to a dark place, playing the guitar pulls him back into the light. Barksdale, 30, said playing guitar serves as a form of therapy to help him…
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Sheriff to End Solitary Confinement for Teens at Palm Beach County Jail Under Settlement

Young offenders called it “the box.” It’s where their world at the Palm Beach County jail shrank to a 6-by-12 foot cell — for months. In solitary confinement, no music was allowed. No television. No human contact. Read more.
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Announcing the Solitary Confinement Resource Center

The Solitary Confinement Resource Center is a curated, fully searchable database of media, research, firsthand accounts, court and policy documents, and advocacy tools on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile…
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Starving for Help: A Search for Mental Healthcare Ends Tragically at the Putnam County Jail

When the deputies came, Vicki Futch expected them to take her mentally ill son to the hospital. She’d been in touch with a captain from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office about her son, Gregory Allan Futch, 54, trying to arrange an…
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Panthers' Hiring of a Mental Health Clinician is a 'Game-Changer'

In early August, Steve Smith revealed he had had bouts of depression while an active player with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. He talked about feeling "trapped, inferior and alone." Carolina's all-time leading receiver spoke…

Working Effectively with Muslim Youth and Their Families, Part 2

Brief Overview: This presentation will discuss how to effectively work with Muslim youth and their families by bringing attention to potential bias, as well as providing a foundational overview of Muslim customs and practices, emphasizing the…
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FREE Webinar: Considerations for Forensic Interviews with Vulnerable Adults - November 15 at 1:00 PM

Brief Overview: Historically, forensic interview protocols, training, and practice have focused on conducting forensic interviews with children and adolescents regarding their experiences of abuse, and of conducting such investigations within…

Working Effectively with Muslim Youth and Their Families, Part 1

Brief Overview: This presentation will discuss how to effectively work with Muslim youth and their families by bringing attention to potential bias, as well as providing a foundational overview of Muslim customs and practices, emphasizing the…