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More Life: The Reentry Podcast is a podcast on offender reentry, advocacy, and reform. Throughout the course of the show, we will discuss facts and dispel myths related to what offender reentry is and isn’t. You’ll hear from experts within a wide range of subjects, including returning citizens, reentry specialists, criminal justice/or psychology professionals, mental health professionals, and reentry facility administrators. You’ll learn about the challenges that returning citizens encounter upon release, understand the role of familial and community support, and hear about creative and informative ways to better support or advocate for returning citizens.

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More Life: The Reentry Podcast VanKevia Garner

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

More Life: The Reentry Podcast is a podcast on offender reentry, advocacy, and reform. Throughout the course of the show, we will discuss facts and dispel myths related to what offender reentry is and isn’t. You’ll hear from experts within a wide range of subjects, including returning citizens, reentry specialists, criminal justice/or psychology professionals, mental health professionals, and reentry facility administrators. You’ll learn about the challenges that returning citizens encounter upon release, understand the role of familial and community support, and hear about creative and informative ways to better support or advocate for returning citizens.

Follow us on Instagram for more information @morelifethereentrypodcast

    Reair of Episode 39: It Takes A Village with Sadie Masai

    Reair of Episode 39: It Takes A Village with Sadie Masai

    Sadie Masai is an ambitious and passionate author on a mission to educate parents and guardians of Children of Incarcerated Parents (C.I.P). She focuses on the importance of supporting a child through their experience and how to provide a safe space emotionally and mentally for their well-being. Sadie Masai LLC"s mission is to bring awareness to the rampant plague across the entire world to improve the social, emotional, and mental stability of children who feel unseen and unheard while experiencing a parent or parents that are incarcerated!In this episode, VanKe’via and Sadie explore Sadie’s journey as an advocate for children of incarcerated parents and the importance of a concrete village. Sadie discussed the challenges, successes, gaps of advocating for C.I.P. She also introduced and provided insight into her newly launched book, “My Concrete Village.” Tune into our conversation to learn more about advocacy and how to advocate for C.I.P.
    Interested in purchasing “My Concrete Village” by Sadie Masai, use following link: My Concrete Village Book
    My Concrete Village Book - Amazon
    Interested in learning more about Sadie Masai and her advocacy:
    Sadie Masai
    Instagram: @sadiemasai_ , Facebook: Sadie Masai, & TikTok: @sadiemasai
    Need more information on parental incarceration or supporting C.I.P:
    Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children (Murphey & Cooper, 2015)
    Children of the Incarcerated Video
    The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
    Top 10 Things You Should Know
    List of 36 Resources from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
    The Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights
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    Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete the form: Topic Ideas Form
    Are you formerly incarcerated and want to share your story? Complete this form: Resilient Reentrants Form
    Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life!
    Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.
    https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings
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    • 1 hr
    Reair of Episode 40: Streets to Prison and Back to the Streets with Dr. Natasha Khade

    Reair of Episode 40: Streets to Prison and Back to the Streets with Dr. Natasha Khade

    Natasha Khade works for the University of Cincinnati Correctional Institute (UCCI). She graduated with her PhD in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University. Her areas of research include desistance from crime, the reentry and rehabilitation processes for people involved in the system, and the cross cultural application of criminal justice research. Join VanKe'via and Dr. Khade's conversation on the relationship between gang membership and reentry. Dr. Khade discussed the challenges of those reentering with prior gang affiliation and recommendations to support these individuals. Be sure to check out the National Gang Center for more help and resources!
    Helping to Break the Recidivism Cycle | National Gang Center
    If you are interested in finding out more about gangs and the reentry process, please review the following links:
    The Disengagement from Gangs in Prison and its Effects for Reentry by Natasha Khade
    From the street to the prison, from the prison to the street: Understanding and responding to prison gangs
    Natasha Khade:
    Expert Profile: Natasha Khade | Research Directory
    Instagram: @morelifethereentrypodcast
    Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete the form: Topic Ideas Form
    Are you formerly incarcerated and want to share your story? Complete this form: Resilient Reentrants Form
    Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life!
    Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.
    https://uppbeat.io/track/hartzmann/good-feelings
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    • 49 min
    Reair of Episode 36: A Win-Win: Second Chances Hiring with Pastor Tony Lowden

    Reair of Episode 36: A Win-Win: Second Chances Hiring with Pastor Tony Lowden

    Join VanKe'via and Pastor Tony Lowden in a discussion on how second chance hiring can help employers find loyal workers and the benefits of being a second chance employer. Tony Lowden is the pastor of former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, and he is a chaplain for the Secret Service in Southwest Georgia. He was appointed by the White House in 2019 as Executive Director of the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. He is the Vice President of Reintegration & Community Engagement at ViaPath Technologies which provides advanced communications and management solutions that facilitate meaningful connections, provide educational opportunities, and enable successful reentry for 1.6 million incarcerated individuals.
    Check out ViaPath Technologies and their work with reentry:
    ViaPath Technologies
    If you are interested in learning more about second chance hiring and opportunities of employment, please review the following links:
    Benefits of Second-Chance Hiring
    Employer Guide to Second Chance Hiring Programs and Tax Credits
    Second Chance Business Coalition
    Fair-Chance Jobs
    Companies That Hire Felons
    Interested in learning more about More Life: The Reentry Podcast, follow us on instagram @morelifethereentrypodcast
    Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Email us at morelifereentry@gmail.com
    Are you a formerly incarcerated or system-impacted person and want to share your story? Complete this form: Resilient Reentrants Form
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    Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.
    https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings
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    • 57 min
    Reair of Episode 37: Advocacy & Activism with The Springfield Harm Reduction Project

    Reair of Episode 37: Advocacy & Activism with The Springfield Harm Reduction Project

    Rachel King-Johnson is a harm reductionist, counselor, and advocate for the underserved. She serves as the Director of Clinical Outreach of the Phoenix Center, where she coordinates the Springfield Harm Reduction Initiative (SHaRI). The SHaRI Project is the Center’s syringe access program, which supplies clean syringes and collects used ones to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. VanKe’via and Rachel dive into a conversation about the needs of those who identify as LGBTQ+, have HIV/or AIDS, have substance use concerns, or have a history of incarceration. Rachel discussed the intersection of these identities and how they may impact an individual on their reentry journey. Lastly, she highlights how the initiative aims to support individuals throughout their transition from incarceration.
    A description of the Phoenix Center is listed below:
    The Phoenix Center is Central Illinois’ LGBTQ Community Health Center that provides housing for LGBTQ unhoused folx, as well as housing for people living with HIV. In addition, they provide public health interventions such as harm reduction services and legal/medical advocacy.
    Interested in learning more about Phoenix Center, please review their social media and professional pages:
    Phoenix Center
    IG: phoenix2U
    FB: Springfield Harm Reduction Initiative- Phoenix2U
    Need more information on LGBTQ+ Community Health Care Resources:
    Out2Enroll
    Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality
    Need more information about Harm Reduction:
    Principles of Harm Reduction
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration - Harm Reduction
    Follow us on Instagram @morelifethereentrypodcast
    Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete the form: Topic Ideas Form
    Are you a formerly incarcerated or system-impacted person and want to share your story? Complete this form: Resilient Reentrants Form
    Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life!
    Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.
    https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings
    License code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

    • 54 min
    Reair of Episode 21: Prison to Homelessness, Nowhere to Go with Dr. Steve Metraux

    Reair of Episode 21: Prison to Homelessness, Nowhere to Go with Dr. Steve Metraux

    Dr. Metraux is a recognized expert on housing and homelessness. He has done pioneering work using administrative and survey data to assess housing outcomes; on how people experiencing homelessness use services in the mental health, criminal justice, child welfare, health care and veteran systems; and how receiving housing and related services interventions impacts the lives of formerly homeless households. Dr. Metraux also works extensively with various homeless services providers in Delaware and Philadelphia, and he sits on the Board of the Delaware Statewide Homeless Continuum of Care. In this episode, Dr. Metraux discussed homelessness within the criminal justice population, and how homelessness impedes their reentry process. In addition, he provided recommendations and suggestions that can aid in addressing the issue of homelessness among justice-involved populations.
    If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Metraux and his work, follow his on social media
    Dr. Metraux Twitter: @SteveMetraux
    Please listen, subscribe and rate/review this podcast.
    Follow us on instagram @morelifethereentrypodcast
    Resources to learn more about the experiences of those who experience homelessness and involvement in the criminal justice system:
    Incarceration and Homelessness
    Criminal Justice Reentry and Homelessness
    Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.
    https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings
    License code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

    • 52 min
    Reair of Episode 24: The System is Not Broken, It's Intentional with Dr. Jennifer Ortiz

    Reair of Episode 24: The System is Not Broken, It's Intentional with Dr. Jennifer Ortiz

    Dr. Jennifer Ortiz is an Associate Professor at Indiana University Southeast. Dr. Ortiz earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests center on structural violence within the criminal justice system with a focus on reentry post-incarceration. Ortiz maintains a firm commitment to civil service and activism. Ortiz currently serves as an executive board member for Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, a Kentucky-based non-profit reentry organization, and as Executive Counselor for the Division of Convict Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. In this episode, the aim was to give the audience a better understanding of how community supervision impacts reentry outcomes. More specifically, Dr. Ortiz discussed the mechanisms that underlie guaranteed return to incarceration. In addition, Dr. Ortiz breaks down the meaning of “The System is Not Broken, It is Intentional.” Lastly, Dr. Ortiz provided recommendations and suggestions for addressing community supervision impacts.
    If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Ortiz and her work, follow her on social media and review her professional profile:
    Twitter: @Ortiz_PhD
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjortiz/
    Mission Behind Bars and Beyond
    Please listen, subscribe and rate/review this podcast.
    Follow us on instagram @morelifethereentrypodcast
    Resources to learn more about the community supervision within the criminal justice system and how they impact reentry:
    The Invisible Enclosure: How Community Supervision Inhibits Successful Reentry
    The System is Not Broken, It's Intentional: The PrIsoner Reentry Industry as Deliberate Structural Violence
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.
    https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings
    License code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

    • 59 min

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