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What is Beyond the Walls: Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit?

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Beyond the Walls: Prison Health Care and Reentry Summit is a conference that welcomes all people interested in learning more about the impact of mass imprisonment and health disparities on our communities. Through panels, presentations, and interactive workshops, the Summit explores innovative approaches to the health and reentry challenges facing our communities, brings relevant policy issues to the forefront, and provides attendees with the opportunity to become involved in local and national advocacy work. With a focus on community led responses to the crisis in the criminal justice system, workshops reflect the needs of prisoners and former prisoners and will highlight the work being done to improve conditions inside the prison walls and in the communities to which prisoners are returning.

AIDS Education Month 2017: One Community, Recommitting to the Fight

The theme for this year’s AIDS Education Month is “One Community, Recommitting to the FIGHT.” In 2017, we are entering a time of uncertainty within the healthcare field, and we are seeing backlash against the gains in human and civil rights that activists have pushed for through decades of bravery and hard work. However, we refuse to accept any less than equal healthcare for all people. We draw strength by looking to those who laid their careers, their freedom, and their lives on the line in the fight for effective HIV treatments in those early years of the AIDS epidemic, before our medical system and our country knew how to combat the virus and its impacts. We are inspired by activists’ quests to use knowledge as a tool for self-empowerment, and their dogged pursuit of treatment, prevention, and justice.

As you create your workshops, please consider how your content fits into this theme.

Who is the Audience?

This Summit brings together the communities that are affected by the parallel crises of HIV and mass imprisonment, including former prisoners, their family and loved ones, service providers, health care providers, prison staff, parole and probation officers, legal service providers, faith based organizations, community members, activists and advocates.

When submitting your workshop, please keep in mind the audience at the Prison Summit.

Prison Health Care and Reentry Summit Workshop Tracks

Presenters may submit workshops for any of the following tracks. Some presentations may be relevant to more than one track. Submissions should indicate the primary track that the presentation falls under and then any secondary tracks. You may submit a workshop that does not fit into any of these categories but you must explain its relevance to the Summit.

Accessing Services for Reentry: Highlights innovative services that are available to support individuals coming home from prison and jail, explores barriers to and facilitators of successful reentry, identifies major service gaps for corrections and community based services and/or provides strategies for addressing reentry needs. 

Activism and Community Empowerment: Emphasizes local campaigns, led by former prisoners, which are working to improve conditions inside the prison walls and in the neighborhoods to which individuals are returning home. This track also explores the structural drivers of mass imprisonment.

Families: Focuses on the impact of incarceration on families, children with incarcerated parents, pregnancy and reproductive health in correctional settings and reentry supports that facilitate family reunification.

Immigration: Explores mass detention and deportation, the criminalization of immigrant communities, and the impact of deportation and detention on families and communities. Highlights the powerful work being done by communities to resist xenophobia and criminalization.

Legal Issues: Addresses the range of ongoing legal issues faced by people returning to their communities after imprisonment, including the impact of a criminal record on employment, housing and public benefits, and obtaining pardons and expungements.

LGBTQ Issues: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-non-conforming, and queer individuals face increased abuse when behind bars, and are often met with inadequate services to support their transition back into the community. This track will look at local efforts to meet the needs of trans and gender-non-conforming people in prison, as well as national efforts to meet the needs of LGBTQ individuals behind bars and in their transition home.

Prison Health: From Corrections to the Community: Includes mental health, addiction and recovery, HIV, HCV, terminal illness, the impact of imprisonment on health and aging, population-specific health needs, and more, as well as focuses on promoting health both inside and outside of correctional facilities.

Research: Provides a forum for exploring emerging research and best practices in the criminal justice field, including work being done preventatively in the community, during the period of incarceration and throughout the reentry process.

Spiritually Based Prison Work: Explores diverse faith approaches to prison work, including multiple faith perspectives on working in prisons and jails. This track will also explore the role of the faith community in jail diversion and reentry programming and support.

Storytelling: Focuses on the lived experiences of formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as those working within the prison system, by providing spaces for sharing their stories.

Voices from the Inside: This workshop track is a space for workshops designed and created by or in partnership with currently incarcerated individuals and that explicitly bring the voices and perspectives of currently incarcerated people into the room. You will hear the voices of those on the inside heavily featured through audio, video or live call ins.

Women: Considers the unique issues faced by women behind the walls, women reentering from prison or jail, and women at home when their loved ones are incarcerated or reentering. Includes, but is in no way limited to: the impact of trauma on women on the inside; women’s health and healthcare access; support systems created for and by women, both on the inside and on the outside; reentry issues specific to women; and, the impact on incarceration of family members and loved ones on women on the outside.

Youth: Looks at youth enmeshed in the criminal justice system, both in juvenile detention centers and being certified and tried as adults. It also explores youth empowerment programs, alternatives to incarceration, and systemic drivers increasing the numbers of young people behind bars


Please Note: Workshops must be open to all people who attend the summit; we cannot restrict attendance to any workshop. Additionally, please be aware that all conference goers may come in late or leave a workshop early based on their needs. Workshops cannot be closed to attendees at any time.