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Reducing Harm at the Center of Incarceration

Katie Hickey July 13, 2022

This session will address how funders, correctional leaders, and others in the social justice movement can invest in reducing harm inside correctional facilities. Everyone within a correctional facility — including staff –  is exposed to trauma at a much higher rate than the general population. The effect of this trauma spreads beyond the walls of the institution and into communities. Right now, our prison system is not equipped to support the social, emotional, and mental wellness of those incarcerated. Harm reduction is the answer to guide necessary shifts in correctional system policy, procedure, and training to support the health of all.   


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Justice


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at nearly five times the rate of white people. The emphasis on reducing harm will have a lasting impact on Black men and women experiencing incarceration at these elevated and disproportionate rates. Takeaway 1: Over 40% of incarcerated people have a history of mental illness and nearly all have a history of trauma. Our prisons fail to address this. Takeaway 2: The criminal justice system isn’t the only institution that benefits from holistic investment. Our education system needs to support this wellness too. Takeaway 3: Our institutions need to form partnerships that focus on trauma-informed frameworks that improve the overall wellness of those touched by harmful institutions.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government


  • NameDr. Nneka Jones Tapia
  • TitleDirector of Justice Initiatives
  • OrganizationChicago Beyond
  • StatusInvited
  • NameLiz Dozier
  • TitleFounder and CEO
  • OrganizationChicago Beyond
  • StatusInvited
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