"This work is not a job.
It's a calling."
- Edward W. Caisse III, Program Manager, Hampden County Sheriff's Department
Pictured (L to R): Louie Diaz,
Middlesex County Sheriff's Department, Navigator for the Medication Assisted Treatment Program;
Jenny Phillips, Producer & Director, Beyond the Wall; Martha Wyatt, U.S. Attorney's Office; Edward W. Caisse III,
Program Manager, Hampden County Sheriff's Department
Beyond the Wall: Screenings Across Massachusetts
The past several months have been a whirlwind of successful screenings throughout the state of Massachusetts. We've screened for the Massachusetts Parole Board, the New England School of Addiction Studies, at a day-long festival in Waltham and for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department, among others! (Full list of recent MA screenings below). All screenings included a conversation about reentry, often with returning citizens speaking on behalf of local efforts.
- May 2: MA Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace, a Social Action project of First Parish in Concord
- May 16: Screening for all parole Officers assigned to Prisons and Houses of Corrections in the State
- May 25: Screening for the MA Parole Board
- June 6: New England School of Addiction Studies
- June 10: "Beyond The Wall" Day of Celebration in Waltham, MA
- June 22: Holyoke College, hosted by the Hampden County Sheriff's Dept, and US Attorney's Office
- June 28: Concord District Court
Our work in Massachusetts is part of a nationwide campaign effort to use the film as a forum for best practice sharing among key stakeholders and bring together coalitions of support to create new reentry solutions. Our hope is to strengthen the networks of various individuals, agencies and organizations that work collaboratively to make reentry effective and reduce recidivism. Please reach out if you want to be a part of this effort!
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In the News & on the Radio
Producer/Director Jenny Phillips and Dr. Lani Peterson are writing a curriculum for a treatment program based upon Beyond the Wall.
"Getting Beyond the Wall" will be an 8-session program for incarcerated or recently released men and women to build the awareness, insight and skills to maximize their ability to engage in successful reentry. Through practices of meditation, journaling, and story exploration, participants will be supported to envision clear and useful ways to engage in whatever comes next in life. Group participants will work together to build specific and individualized reentry plans. The curriculum will be piloted this summer at Billerica House of Correction.
Listen to Lani Peterson talk about using story as a healing art:
Click image above to listen to podcast.
July 10, 2017
| Washington, DC
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
August 1, 2017 | New Orleans, LA
Probation Leadership Summit
August 22, 2017 | Gardner, MA
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
August 27, 2017 | Loveland, CO
First United Methodist Church