Reentry Lived Experience is an Evidence Based Practice.
POLICE TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY LISTENING SESSIONS The Police Transparency and Accountability Task Force needs to hear from you! We will be reporting recommendations to the legislature and Governor and we need your input to make sure we represent all Connecticut voices. Come share your testimony with the Task Force in one of our upcoming virtual listening sessions.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Haymarket People's Fund we were able to supply over 50 backs transportation tickets and immediate essentials to return citizens , many whom were released from incarceration due to the COVID 19 epidemic and were homeless.
New London residents we have heard your struggles. COVID-19 has made it hard to feed our families. Let us help you with one box of food per family. Each box contains: 20 lbs of fresh produce, fruits veggies, meats, &milk
We were able to give away 4500 individual boxes of food to families in need.
Formerly Inc hosts community dialogues around anti-racist practices using documentaries like “13th”, a 2016 American documentary film by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States; it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.
We also use other resources that tend to spark deep conversations among participants:
“White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun, “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and “Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life” by Derald Wing Sue, Christina M. Capodilupo, et al.
Formerly Inc staff are trained to use their lived experiences to facilitate constructive dialogues around systemic racism and anti-racist practices that are deeply ingrained in the criminal justice system and within many law enforcement structures.
The goal of these structured dialogues is to increase participants’ understanding of implicit bias and race-based trauma, which exist like a cancerous cell here in the United States. These dialogues will also educate participants as to how microaggressions inflict harm, without the perpetrator even knowing it.
These dialogues can be facilitated as an overview conversation or as an ongoing community activity that will seek to identify issues and make changes in their community.
Daryl McGraw has been substance free since 2007, and his personal experience overcoming the battles of addiction and incarceration has allowed him to serve as a longtime advocate for persons in recovery experiencing incarceration and reentry. He is the President and Founder of Formerly Inc., Connecticut’s first criminal justice consultant agency predominantly staffed by formerly incarcerated individuals. With over 10 years of professional experience in trauma, addiction, recovery, and community reintegration, Daryl is viewed as an expert in the field and regularly speaks in a variety of settings, including university campuses, correctional facilities, behavioral health organizations, and national conferences. https://uprootingaddiction.com/the-participants/
The law firm of Robinson+Cole honored Daryl McGraw with its second Giving Cup Award at a reception at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Mr. McGraw is the associate director at the Office of Recovery Community Affairs for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Robinson+Cole Giving Cup Award recognizes an individual who has selflessly given back to the community. "Daryl McGraw is an individual who not only has demonstrated the power of redemption in turning his own life around after spending 10 years in prison but is now giving back by assisting other ex-offenders with their reintegration into society. His work on behalf of battling addiction and overcoming the obstacles facing ex-offenders upon their release from prison is truly inspiring, " said Brian E. Moran, a partner at Robinson+Cole. "We are honored to present our Giving Cup Award to Daryl to support the Friendship House, a community home he founded to help other formerly incarcerated men avoid recidivism and reintegrate into their communities. He truly embodies the spirit of the award." https://www.courant.com/community/hc-ugc-article-robinsoncole-honors-daryl-mcgraw-with-giving-2016-02-14-story.html
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