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Smart Justice covers the pursuit of better outcomes in incarceration, foster care, and community collaboration on justice system issues. Website: http://smartjustice.org Support: https://smartjustice.supercast.com 

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Family and Justice

Family and Justice

2022-09-0745:50

To improve outcomes in complex problems around child welfare, incarceration, and crime we journey upstream to examine the Family as the institution best able to prevent / help people recover from involvement in the justice and child welfare systems. Interviewed:Department of Children and Family Services Mischa MartinChairperson of Parent Counsel and Harding University professor Dr Andrew BakerSith District Circuit Judge Shanice JohnsonArkansas Advocates for Children and Families E...
Substance Abuse is a common factor in Arkansas Child Welfare and Criminal Justice cases. In this episode we interview State leaders and those with life experience with substance abuse and the justice system. There is hope. Interviewed:Department of Children and Family Services Mischa MartinArkansas Drug Director Kirk LaneDirector of Peer Recovery Services Jimmy McGillParole Board Chairman John Felts Amanda and Patrick Myer Restore Hope Director of Operations Karen PhillipsRestore Hope Executi...
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What About the Kids

What About the Kids

2022-09-2754:50

To improve outcomes in complex problems around child welfare, incarceration, and crime we journey upstream to examine the Family as the institution we should protect and seek to strengthen. Interviewed:Department of Children and Family Services Mischa MartinChairperson of Parent Counsel and Harding University professor Dr Andrew BakerTenth District Circuit Court Judge Shanice JohnsonRestore Hope Community Development Manager Karen Phillips 100 Families White Co Coordinator Dana Baker Re...
Childhood trauma doesn't excuse bad behavior and crime, but it helps in understanding 'why' which is important in the creation of more successful interventions that yield better ROI for our communities. To improve outcomes in complex problems around child welfare, incarceration, and crime we journey upstream to examine the Family as the institution we should Interviewed:Circuit Court Judge Shanice JohnsonClinical Phycologist Dr Rose Smith Restore Hope A.D. of Community Development...
All communities work on criminal justice and child welfare issues but few have real systems change. You may have the right people and organizations, but if you don't get 5 things right you'll not make the change you're working so hard to make. In the season one final episode we discuss the impact a growing number of Arkansas communities are having by implementing the collective impact methodology of system change. Season 1 of SmartJustice: To improve outcomes in complex problems around ...
Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Some District Court Judges are taking steps to provide access to services that address root issues that might lead to incarceration and/or foster care for their children. Season 2 focuses on how these courts are improving public safety by addressing problems 'upstream' from felony crime and/or foster ca...
Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. In this episode we talk with Judges who operate diversion programs. It is our hope to see the expansion of Community Diversion to all Arkansas District Courts. Support the Show.website: https://...
Those Sinking - S2E3

Those Sinking - S2E3

2023-01-2535:59

Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. In this episode we hear from participants in diversion programs. It is our hope to see the expansion of Community Diversion to all Arkansas District Courts. Support the Show.website: https://sma...
Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. In this episode we talk with law enforcement and prosecutors. It is our hope to see the expansion of Community Diversion to all Arkansas District Courts. Support the Show.website: https://smartj...
Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. In Crawford Co the District Court and Adult Ed have co-located to create a one-stop resource center. This unique situation has impacted hundreds of people who found their way out of crisis into stabi...
We talk with Arkansas' Attorney General about Community Diversion and a Representative from Fort Smith where the courts, law enforcement, and community providers are usually connected in innovative ways. The way forward is to run a pilot 'Community Diversion' program in around 10 different courts to define common measures and procedures and then assess outcomes across a broad range of factors including litigant substance use, housing, employment, and ability to satisfy unresolved legal obliga...
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child ArkansasRead the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine Welcome to season 3 of SmartJustice we're calling 'A Chance At Life'. This season we focus on the well-being and future of children, youth and families in the child welfare system. In this edition, we spotlight visionary individuals who are reshapingthe system and breathing new life into the concept of care and support.In February of 2023, Governor Sanders issued a compelling exe...
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child ArkansasRead the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine GuestsJeff PikerSkye MitchellMahogany SmithLicia EtheridgeDevin SinghIn this episode we talk with Children and Family Services staff and community leaders in Russellville, AR about supporting families during and after child welfare cases. They share how their community is collaborating in a new way and seeing better outcomes for families. Restore Hope https://www.restorehopear.or...
Guests Allie GravesChristen Butler - Executive Director The CALLDr. Derek Brown - Executive Director Arkansas Baptist Children and Family MinistriesDennis Berry Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child ArkansasRead the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine Welcome to season 3 of SmartJustice we're calling 'A Chance At Life'. This season we focus on the well-being and future of children, youth and families in the child welfare system. Restore Hope https://www.restorehopear.o...
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info at Every Child Arkansas. Want to support a foster family? In this episode we talk with Darneshia Allen with Zero to Three, Christen Butler with The CALL, Dr. Derek Brown with Arkansas Baptist Children and Family Ministries, Pastor Chris Massey with Fellowship Bible Church Searcy, and Dennis Berry, foster parent and The CALL board member. Hosts Dr. Andrew Baker with Harding University and Paul Chapman with Restore Hope. Read the SmartJust...
Guests Judge Troy Braswell and Project Zero Executive Director Christie Erwin. If you would like to explore adoption visit https://theprojectzero.org/index.php Emmy award winning film maker Nathan Willis is a long time partner with Project Zero to help find waiting children the right forever home. https://nathanwillisfilms.com/about https://www.youtube.com/@ProjectZero1/videosSupport the Show.website: https://smartjustice.org/ fb: https://www.facebook.com/restorehopearkansas
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child ArkansasRead the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine Welcome to season 3 of SmartJustice we're calling 'A Chance At Life'. This season we focus on the well-being and future of children, youth and families in the child welfare system. In this final episode we talk with Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and DHS Secretary Kristi Putnam about Executive Order to Protect Children, Support Families, and Improve Foster Care. And Jerome Stric...
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