MSW students hold forum on criminal justice system

Graduate students from the Indiana University School of Social Work's Leadership Concentration held a community forum on April 10th to address the impacts of incarceration on individuals and families, from birth to adulthood.

The forum was aimed at helping the participants identify risk factors for individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system and how to advocate for improved systems of cared for individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system. The forum was held at the South East Community Center on Shelby Street in Indianapolis.

The topics covered at the forum included, Infant Mental Health and the effects of Incarceration; Juvenile Justice – diversion alternatives and Adult Reentry and the effects on the community.

Among the panelists discussing the topics were Dr. William Barton, a Professor at the School of Social Work and Stephan Viehweg, a social worker at the Riley Child Development Center and Lecturer at the School of Social Work. Other panelists were Susan Swayze, MSW, Indiana Family Institute, Tashi Teuschler, MPA, Statewide Disproportionality Minority Contract Coordinator, Christina Ball, Deputy Chief Probation Officer at the Marion Superior Court, Jackie Guy, J.D., MSW, Mitigation specialist for the major felony division, Melissa Benton, Family Advocate at the John H. Boner Community Center and Indiana State Sen. Greg Taylor.

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