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Friday, March 7
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church

600 28th Avenue North, Nashville TN 37209

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Purpose

To provide education and awareness on issues regarding offenders in an effort to:

  • Stimulate discussion of ideas that would challenge the community communication process.
  • Share ideas regarding the need to have multiple county, community, and jail programs working in unison.
  • Exchange information and ideas specific to the inmate incarceration and how to best use that time.
  • Increase awareness of the value and benefits of offender workforce development.
  • Ultimately increase safety in Davidson County by reducing recidivism.
  • Create a viable countywide network of communication between the DCSO and community partners.

Printable Conference Information

Conference Schedule

  • 8 - 9 a.m. Pre-registration (includes continental breakfast)
  • 9 - 9:50 a.m. Morning Plenary (Sheriff Daron Hall, Speaker)
  • 10 - 10:50 a.m. Breakout Session 1
  • 11 - 11:50 a.m. Breakout Session 2
  • 12 - 12:50 p.m. Power Lunch (U.S. Attorney David Rivera and Rep. Harold Love, Jr., Speakers)
  • 1 - 1:50 p.m. Breakout Session 3
  • 2 - 2:50 p.m. Breakout Session 4
  • 3 - 4 p.m. Panel Discussion (Open forum)

Speakers

Sheriff Daron Hall

Sheriff Daron HallDaron Hall was sworn-in as the 61st sheriff of Davidson County September 2002 – becoming the youngest sheriff since the formation of Metropolitan Government in 1963. Four years later, he became the first sheriff since then to run unopposed and was sworn-in August 31, 2010 after running unopposed a second time.

During his 25-year criminal justice career, Hall has served Davidson County under three sheriffs. He is the former president of the American Correctional Association, and is the first sheriff ever elected to this position in the organization’s 141-year history. Additionally, he is on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Board and Board of Directors. Seen as an expert in his field, Sheriff Hall has been interviewed by national and international media outlets including Fox News, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR, the New York Times, New York Daily News, and Fortune Magazine.

His affiliations with community organizations over the years include the following: Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Senior Citizens, Inc.; Boy Scouts Council of Middle Tennessee; the Rochelle Center; and the Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Nashville Prevention Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012, for his tireless support of substance abuse treatment for those incarcerated.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ambassador of Hope Award, 2005, recognizing outstanding service to the mentally ill in criminal justice.
  • Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guy” Award, 2004, recognizing men who promote the cause and advancement of women.
  • Dismas, Inc. Jack Hickey Award, 2006, recognizing a lifetime commitment to justice and reconciliation.
  • Business Tennessee Magazine, named Top 40 Under 40.
  • The Tennessean, named Top 40 Under 40.
  • Leadership Nashville, Class of 2004.

U.S. Attorney David Rivera

U.S. Attorney David RiveraDavid Rivera is the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Rivera supervises the efforts of dedicated Assistant United States Attorneys in the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in the Middle District, which the federal government is a party. Mr. Rivera leads an office that is widely recognized for numerous significant investigations and prosecutions involving public corruption, corporate and investor fraud, violent crime, narcotics and gangs. Mr. Rivera directs and is committed to leading anti-gun violence initiatives and anti-violence crime programs in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Rivera has over 25 years of experience as a prosecutor and trial attorney and has extensive litigation and courtroom experience. As an Assistant United States Attorney he prosecuted a broad spectrum of criminal matters and received awards and commendations for investigations and prosecutions of Public Corruption, Financial Crimes and the prosecution of International Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking Criminal Organizations in the United States, South America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Rivera has served as faculty at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and has served on foreign country advisory and training initiatives on behalf of the Department of Justice. He has twice received the Department of Justice=s Director=s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, in 2004 and again in 2009, for public corruption and financial fraud prosecutions.

Rep. Harold Moses Love, Jr.

Harold Moses Love Jr.Born December 14, 1972 in Nashville, Tennessee to the Late Rep. Harold M. Love, Sr. and Mary Y. Love. Graduate of Whites Creek High School in 1990. Graduated from Tennessee State University in 1994 with a Degree in Economics and Finance with a minor in Political Science. Graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Divinity in 1998 with a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. Currently is pursuing a PhD in Public Administration at Tennessee State University. While attending Tennessee State University as an undergraduate he marched in the Aristocrat of Bands, and was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “Mighty Rho Psi” Chapter and elected president of the Graduating class. Was ordained an elder by the A.M.E. Church in 1999 and received his first Pastoral assignment. Since October 2002 he has been the Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Nashville, TN. He is a 33° Mason and a Shriner. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee State University Foundation, Advisory Board Member for the Meharry Medical College Elam Mental Health Center, The 18th Avenue Family Enrichment Center, V.P. Of ScoutReach for Middle TN Boy Scout Council, the State of Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and 2nd Vice-President of the Nashville Branch of the NAACP.

Will and Tiffany Acuff

Will AcuffTiffany AcuffWill and Tiffany Acuff have lived in East Nashville for the last seven years.

Tiffany is an Offender Workforce Development Specialist, certified by the National Institute of Corrections in 2008. Tiffany was employed at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex as a Work Release Program Director before transferring to the TN Prison for Women as a Therapeutic Transitional Community Counselor and Employment Specialist for Project Return. Tiffany left Corrections in March of 2013 to continue working in full time ministry partnered with her husband, Will and their toddler son, Raylan.

Aside from his day job, Will is also attending Reformed Theological Seminary in the pursuit of his Masters degree. He leads the spiritual formation side of their ministry which includes Bible studies and Discipleship.

Their ministry, Corner To Corner, focuses on the McFerrin Park neighborhood of East Nashville. Together they long to see lives transformed by the Gospel through service and proclamation. Their ministry offers free job readiness classes twice a year, weekly tutoring for elementary school kids, and they lead two weekly bible studies.

Tim Adgent

Tim AdgentCourt Administration, Tim Adgent
Topic: Court Administration, a community prospect on the Juvenile Court Administrative Process.

Carla Brookins

Carla BrookinsCarla Brookins is a professional counselor, educator, and trainer with more than 10 years of experience in drug and alcohol abuse, co-occurring disorders and youth development. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University and is currently working towards her Ph.D. Throughout the year, Carla consults with camps, schools, corporations, local and professional sports teams and as a leader in innovative community-based programs coordinates community service projects.

Since her tenure at Davidson County Sheriff Office, Carla has received numerous distinctions such as employee of the month, nominations for ambassador of the year twice and most recently received the Gold Record award from the mayor for her partnership with Metro-Nashville Public Schools.

Originally from Longview, Texas, Carla is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and enjoys spending time with her puppy, Pacino.

Wendy Buchanan

Wendy BuchananWendy Buchanan, Chief Probation Officer
Topic: Juvenile Probation

Jennifer McMillen-Charles

Jennifer McMillen-CharlesJennifer Charles is an attorney for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office where she advises management on a variety of legal issues. She is a former district attorney and public defender and attended the University of Memphis Law School.

She will be speaking on what to expect when incarcerated for the first time in Davidson County. The topics of commissary, phone calls, visitation and other issues will be discussed.

Judge Sophia Brown Crawford

Judge Sophia Brown CrawfordJudge Crawford was elected by the Metro Council on October 16th, 2012 to complete the term of Judge Betty Adams Green. As the Judge over the Juvenile Court in Davidson County Judge Crawford presides over all appeals from seven appointed Magistrates, as well as all Termination of Parental Rights cases, surrenders, and Transfers to the Adult System of Delinquent Youth. In addition to her Judicial Role, she has administrative duties involving overseeing 117 employees, a contracted detention facility and a budget of approximately 13 million dollars. She was appointed by the Supreme Court of Tennessee to the Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure December 18, 2012, as well as a sub-committee through the Administrative Office of the Courts to overhaul the Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure. Judge Crawford has also been appointed to the Children and Youth Leadership Council and the Leadership Council of the Nashville AfterZone Alliance (NAZA) by the Mayor of Nashville.

Judge Crawford was appointed to the bench as Magistrate in October, 2002 by Judge Betty Adams Green and has presided continuously since that time. She primarily presided over neglect, dependency, abuse and delinquency cases although she has experience presiding in all other areas of Juvenile Court as well. Prior to her appointment, she was in the private practice of law for fourteen years with a focus on family and juvenile law. For ten years during her private practice, she was appointed as a contract attorney by the Governor of Tennessee to prosecute Termination of Parental Rights cases for the State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services for eighteen counties. She’s spent her entire twenty five years in the legal field with a focus on families and children. She is a member of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Nashville Bar Association and the Women’s Political Collaborative. She is a member of Christ Church Nashville. Judge Crawford resides in Nashville with her husband of twenty eight years and she has one adult daughter and one minor daughter.

Here are some of the highlights of Judge Crawford’s past and present community service:

  • Served on Foster Care Review Board of Davidson County as a trial lawyer and currently still works with referring cases to this board as well as assists in training for Department of Children's Services in the area of foster care
  • Appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services to serve on the Tennessee Children’s Justice Act Task Force while a trial lawyer
  • Appointed to serve on the Davidson County Juvenile Court model court committee-1996 as a licensed attorney and 2007-2009 as a magistrate. This committee was created to assist in the development of rules, procedures and protocol to be utilized in the Davidson County Juvenile Court. Using this experience Judge Crawford participated in the development of model court goals, the implementation of those goals and model court training that takes place annually.
  • Facilitated implementation of continuing legal education on topics related to Juvenile Court
  • Active service teaching in the children’s department at Christ Church Nashville from 1992 to the 2013
  • Representative of Juvenile Court for Model Courts 2007-2009
  • Member of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Nashville Women’s Political Collaborative, the Nashville Bar Association, the Napier-Looby Bar Association and W.I.N. Is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association, which was established in 1991 as a way for the bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community.
  • Member of the Old Hickory, Donelson/Hermitage, and Madison Chambers of Commerce.
  • Member of Academic and Discipline Board for Ezell Harding Christian School 2011 to 2012
  • Appointed to the Children and Youth Leadership Council by the Mayor of Nashville, 2012
  • Appointed to the Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure by the Supreme Court of Tennessee, December, 2012 to present
  • On the Committee to review/rewrite the Rules of Juvenile Procedure
  • Participates with MNPS and the Health and Public Services Partnership Council in providing booths annually for the Career Fair
  • Participates in speaking engagements for various community events regarding issues surrounding Juvenile Court
  • Participates in the Pencil Foundation Partnership with Stratton School
  • Member of the Board at Christ Church Nashville
  • Advisory council for Tennessee Voices for Victims

Margie Davis

Margie DavisMs. Davis is the Intake Pre-trial/Divert/Case Initiation Division Supervisor for the Davidson County Juvenile Court. She manages a team of Probation Officers that provide assistance and intervention to families while addressing their issues and concerns with services. She also oversees the case initiation staff who are responsible for the processing of petitions that come through the court. Ms. Davis obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University. Ms. Davis is a Board of Trust member and past President of the Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association (TJCSA).

Regina DeRiggi, LADAC, QCS, CJM

Regina DeRiggiRegina DeRiggi is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Certified Jail Manager. She currently holds the position as Treatment Supervisor for Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). Regina graduated of the University of Utah in 1996. During the last 17 years she has worked for Utah Department of Corrections, Salt Lake County Division of Substance Abuse, and Tennessee Prison for Women.

Program Narrative

The New Avenues\Healing Journey program is a State Licensed Alcohol & Drug Treatment Program, which is a 45-day intensive program for offenders in the custody of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. In an effort to reduce recidivism, this program is designed to meet the needs of addict/alcoholic offenders with emphasis on the Re-Entry process.

S.A.V.E. is a State Certificated Batterer’s Intervention Program, which is six weeks in length. This program is offered to the offenders in the custody of Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. S.A.V.E. was created to help protect the victims of Domestic Violence. The primary goal is to educate the batterer in hopes of them accepting responsibility and accountability for their actions.

Marten Fadelle

Marten FadelleMarten Fadelle is the Field Director for Middle Tennessee with JOBS for LIFE (JfL) where he is working to deepen the efforts of churches, community organizations, and companies committed to restoring dignity, changing lives and transforming communities by helping people find and keep meaningful employment. It is the mission of JfL to engage and equip the local Church to address impact of joblessness through the dignity of work. Marten comes to Tennessee from his native Canada, and has a rich, international vocational background in the fields of environmental consulting, education, healthcare and sales. He also has extensive international and local volunteer experience. Marten and his wife, Beth, live in Middle TN.

Topic Title: Work, Recidivism and the local Church: The cry for identity, character, and community

This breakout session will peel back the layers of the unemployment and underemployment crisis as we look at God’s design for work. Much of poverty, crime and recidivism and their devastating effects begin here.

The local Church is uniquely positioned to get to the root of this problem by walking with people in community, affirming true identity and dignity, and connecting character to the marketplace. This relational process helps facilitate reconciliation, shatter stereotypes, and break cycles of poverty and recidivism – both in our local communities and in communities around the world.

This breakout session will also discuss practical, proven models that are having a positive impact in Middle TN and across the Nation and present unique opportunities for local churches to partner with the DCSO.

Name of Organization: Jobs for Life
Website: www.jobsforlife.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jobsforlife
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jobsforlife

Howard Gentry

Howard GentryHoward Gentry serves the Metropolitan Government of Nashville as the Criminal Court Clerk of Davidson County in the Twentieth Judicial District. In this capacity, his office is responsible for performing the clerical duties (hard copy and electronic forms) for the operation of the General Sessions and State Trial Criminal Courts.

A Nashville native, Gentry was elected three times to countywide public office. He was a Metro Council member-at-large before being elected Metro Nashville-Davidson County’s first African American vice mayor. He was reelected in 2003. In 2007, Gentry was a candidate for Mayor and narrowly missed the run-off by less than 300 votes.

Howard Gentry recently served as CEO of the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation, an organization that is focused on finding solutions to socio-economic challenges such as poverty, homelessness, adult literacy and workforce development.

He formerly served as CEO of Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit organization that combines athletics and academics to inspire inner-city boys to reach their maximum potential. For 15 years prior, Gentry held various senior positions at Tennessee State University including director of athletics, executive director of the TSU Foundation, assistant vice president for university relations and development, and associate vice president for technology and administrative services. His professional life has also included work in banking, insurance and over 30 years in sports radio broadcasting. He received his B.S. and master’s degrees in education from Tennessee State University.

Board Affiliations

Alignment Nashville, Arts and Business Council, Boy Scouts of America Nashboro District (chair), Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc. (FANS), Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Operation Andrew, Key Alliance, Penuel Ridge (president), State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (past president) and Tennessee State Museum.

Civic Engagements

Nashville’s Agenda, Leadership Nashville and United4hope (co-chair), Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (founding chair), Metropolitan Social Services Commission (former chair), Music City Bowl, NAACP, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Nashville Poverty Reduction Council (founding chair), Nashville Sports Council, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, and State of Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Committee (past chair).

Mayoral Appointments

Advisory Council for Adult Literacy, Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development and Early Education, Advisory Group on Sustainable Healthcare Services to Underserved, and Indigent Citizens and Communities Putting Prevention to Work Leadership Team.

Shelley Hudson

Shelley HudsonMrs. Hudson is the Family Services Division Supervisor for the Davidson County Juvenile Court. Shelley obtained her Masters in Professional Counseling in 2006, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Argosy University where she instructs courses in Substance Abuse and Motivational Interviewing technique. Mrs. Hudson is a member of the Motivational Interviewing National Trainer’s Association (MINT), American Correction Association (ACA), and Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association (TJCSA).

Gerry Ivy

Gerry IvyGraduate of Glencliff Comprehensive High School

I have been in the field of Law Enforcement for 13 years.

I started in 2001 working in General Sessions Courts in the Traffic School Office with all 12 General Sessions Judges.

Later became supervisor and help launched the Mail-In ticket program that is currently used in traffic tickets issuance.

Worked in DUI school programs administering Breathalyzer testing, orientation of new and 2nd and 3rd offense DUI clients, and doing background checks on all clients.

Now employed with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office as a Transition Specialist helping to cultivate and assist incarcerated males and female with transitioning back into the community through venues of transitional housing, employment, mental health assistance, parenting classes, job readiness, health and awareness and homelessness assistance.

Barbara Jackson

Barbara JacksonBarbara Jackson is currently a Case Manager /Programs at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Hill Detention Center. She has been employed at the DCSO for over decade. Throughout her years of service at the DCSO, Barbara has successfully held positions as a Records Clerk, Orientation Treatment Counselor and Sheriffs’ Anti -Violence Effort (SAVE) Counselor.

Barbara has earned a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in History from Tennessee State University and a Master of Public Service Degree from Cumberland University.

Targeting Excellence Among Men (TEAM) is a program cell housed at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Hill Detention Center. TEAM, is a Cognitive Behavior Cell, where each participant has to follow a detailed list of policies and procedures. It is a program designed to explore the concept of self- realization, focusing on three main skill needs: Discipline, Structure and Boundaries.

Each participate in the TEAM program has to comply with all daily assignments, attend other classes offered at HDC and have a High School Diploma or working towards one.

Lolita Johnson

Lolita JohnsonLolita Johnson is a facilitator with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (D.C.S.O), state- certified, Sheriff’s Anti Violence Effort (S.A.V.E) program. Lolita has worked with D.C.S.O since 2004 and has been with the SAVE program for the last 5 years. Lolita’s 9 years with D.C.S.O. has been very rewarding to her because she has worked in several capacities while at D.C.S.O. Lolita has assisted with the New Avenues Substance Abuse Treatment program as Orientation Counselor and has also served as a Re-Entry Specialist. Lolita is a member of the Nashville Coalition against Domestic Violence on the outreach committee and is very active in the domestic violence community.

Lolita is a native of Nashville, TN and is very passionate about the work that she does. In Lolita’s spare time she loves to spend time with her family. Lolita has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science w/a minor in Sociology from Maryville College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University.

Keith King

Keith KingKeith King serves as community outreach coordinator for Middle Tennessee nonprofit organization Alive Hospice.

Program-Completing and Advance Directive in 7 Steps, Preparing families for end-of-life care decision making, providing tips and pointers to help open dialogue amongst families in order to have this very vital conversation. We will cover what forms are needed, how to complete them, and how to distribute them.

Magistrate Carlton Lewis

Magistrate Carlton LewisCarlton Lewis attended Carson-Newman College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, and graduated from Nashville School of Law in 1985. After serving as an Assistant Metro Public Defender from 1986-1991, he was in private practice with the Law Firm of Petway, Blackshear & Cain until September, 1998, when he was appointed Referee (Magistrate) at the Davidson County Juvenile Court. Magistrate Lewis has regularly heard cases involving delinquency, dependency and neglect, and has heard cases involving termination of parental rights, transfers to criminal court, and voluntary surrenders of parental rights.

Magistrate Lewis served three consecutive terms as a member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth; and he serves as the Executive Director’s designee to the Tennessee Second Look Commission; a body created by the Tennessee General Assembly to make recommendations that will reduce second and subsequent incidents of child abuse.

Magistrate Lewis serves as in instructor in Juvenile Law and Procedure at Nashville School of Law. He has volunteered as a judge in mock trial competitions with the Nashville Bar Association, Vanderbilt University School of Law, and Belmont School of Law. He is a former member of the Harry Phillips Inn of Court, and is a current member and student mentor with the Belmont University Law School Inn of Court.

Magistrate Lewis and his wife have two adult sons.

Jim McNamara

Jim McNamaraJim is a Senior Assistant Public Defender and has been in the in the General Sessions Mental Health Court for the past seven of his 17 years in the courtroom. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law and teaches mandated training sessions for new lawyers. Since 2002, Jim has volunteered at Operation Stand Down’s annual event, providing free legal help for homeless veterans. In 2011, he started their monthly legal clinic. Jim also volunteers for the Room In the Inn Hope Clinic and Project Homeless Connect. He is a Board Member of the Mental Health Cooperative.

He is married with two children and belongs to St. Ann's Catholic Church. He is President of the The Special Education Advocacy Center and a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Paul J. Mulloy, MA LADAC

Paul Mulloy Director of Programs
Davidson County Sheriff’s Office
Over 23 year of correctional experience

Under Sheriff Daron Hall, the Career Development Tracks (CDT) implements programming that provides offenders an opportunity to learn, develop, and become certified or licensed in employable fields. In 1998, Sheriff Hall began developing and implementing programming consistent with skill relative for offenders upon release. In 2011, CDT was created to pull together all these employable skills programming into one are within the Programs Division. To date, there are more offenders leaving jail with employable skills than ever before who are obtaining permanent employment in our community.

Reverend Stacy Rector

Reverend Stacy Rector

Broken Beyond Repair: The Reality of Tennessee’s Death Penalty

Reverend Stacy Rector, Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP), will provide a policy framework for a conversation about Tennessee’s death penalty system. Sharing the facts about the failures of the current system and the growing number of voices, including members of law enforcement and corrections, speaking in support of repeal, Rector provides an in-depth analysis of the death penalty and information about the alternatives that are currently available.

Bio

Reverend Stacy Rector is a native of Dyersburg, Tennessee, a graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia Theological Seminary, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. She served as Associate Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville for nine years. In 2006, Rev. Rector became Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP), an organization whose mission is to honor life by abolishing the death penalty. She also served as spiritual advisor to Steve Henley, an inmate on Tennessee's death row who was executed on February 4, 2009. She is a former board member of the national organization, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, and currently serves on the Committee on the Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee.

Magistrate Melinda Rigsby

Magistrate Melinda RigsbyMagistrate Melinda Rigsby

Topic: the Juvenile Justice System and the Judicial Process

Jeaneice Shearon

Jeaneice ShearonTHE TRANSITION FROM JAIL TO COMMUNITY (TJC) INITIATIVE

Over nine million people pass through America's local jails each year. In response to the need for jurisdictions across the country to address jail/community transition, the National Institute of Corrections partnered with the Urban Institute and launched the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) initiative. Davidson County was chosen in late 2009 to be a site to develop a reentry model for county jails across the country.

Jeaneice Shearon, TJC Coordinator Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

Served in the corrections field for 25 years, as a volunteer & staff working in the area of programs & reentry.

Eric Brown

Eric BrownEric Brown Joined the Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville Team in January 2013. He is also the Youth Advisor of Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church’s Youth Department and Director of Young Ministers for Action in the Nashville City District Association. Brown is a member of A. Philip Randolph Institute, Urban League’s Young Professionals, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He graduated from American Baptist College in Nashville, and earned master degrees in Theological Studies and Ethics from Vanderbilt University. Brown was raised in Nashville.

Shakya Cherry-Donaldson

Shakya Cherry-DonaldsonShakya Cherry-Donaldson has served with Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville Team since January 2013, working to educate and empower communities fractured by decades of crime, loss of economic opportunities and the prison industrial complex. She earned a her Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies and Economics from Franklin and Marshall College. At college, she spent time on the Black Student Union Executive Board, The Women’s Center Executive Board and The African Dance Troupe. After graduating she taught English in South Korea for two years before moving to Australia where she earned a graduate degree in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Cherry-Donaldson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.

Damien Durr

Damien DurrDamien Durr works with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville Team, which focuses on combating zero tolerance school ¬discipline policies and -dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™. Durr also mentors 70 to 80 predominantly Black young men in the Nashville Public School System every day and is ¬developing a new ¬curriculum that will focus on literacy, Hip Hop culture, political awareness, critical thinking, spirituality, imagination expansion and conflict. Durr served at the Mt. Haven Baptist Church until he came to Nashville in August of 2004 to attend American Baptist College. His undergraduate and graduate work has received -recognition through programs and published works including Haynes Middle School Mentoring Program, the Bishop Michael Lee Graves Leadership Academy, and Abington Press. He is co-founder of Connect Media, and co-producer of numerous documentaries addressing the role of the church and the intellectual in the Black community. Durr is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Durr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from American Baptist College, and a Master of Divinity Vanderbilt University.

Ndume Olatushani

Ndume OlatushaniNdume Olatushani is an artist, organizer, and passionate advocate for justice. He is a consultant with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville Team, working to help challenge the mass incarceration of people of color and zero tolerance school ¬discipline policies that criminalize children. Olatushani was wrongly convicted of murder and served almost 28 years in prison, 20 on death row. He was released on June 1, 2012. His case provides a stark example of police ¬corruption, prosecutorial misconduct, and structural racism that infects our criminal justice system. Olatushani earned his GED while on death row, a paralegal certificate through a -correspondence and studied in graduate ¬theology classes in prison. Olatushani is married to Anne-Marie Moyes, who worked with him for twenty years to prove his innocence. They live together in Nashville.

Janet Wolf

Rev. Janet WolfThe Rev. Janet Wolf is the Director of Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing. She previously served as faculty chair and professor at American Baptist College in Nashville, a historically Black college and home to many of the national civil rights leaders. For the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Wolf served as ¬pastor of rural and urban congregations for 12 years. As director of public policy and community outreach with Religious Leaders for a More Just and Compassionate Drug Policy, she worked with a national interfaith coalition on harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration and restorative ¬justice. She is the author of “To See and To Be Seen,” a chapter in I Was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry. For 12 years she also served as a ¬community organizer around poverty rights. Wolf graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Olen Winningham

Olen WinninghamOlen Winningham is the Legal Director for Child Support Services, 20th Judicial District, Nashville, TN, where he has been an attorney since 2008. Prior to that he was an attorney for four years for the Department of Children’s Services, and before graduating from the Nashville School of Law in 2003 he worked for the Caring for Children Program under Metro Social Services and Metro Health Department as well as serving as a probation officer in the Family Services Division of Juvenile Court. He began his career in family and children’s services as a foster care worker for the Department of Human Services in 1992. He is married to Melinda Conley Winningham, a career teacher with Metro Public Schools. They reside in Nashville’s finest neighborhood, Inglewood, with a current household of four dogs and one cat.

Dina Hendricks

Dina HendricksDina Hendricks is the Operations Manager for Child Support Services of Tennessee, 20th Judicial District, Nashville, TN since June 10, 2013. Prior to that coming back to Child Support Services of Tennessee, she worked for the Department of Human Services. Dina began her child support career in 1996.

Malinda Wilson

Malinda WilsonMalinda D. Wilson, LPC/MHSP, PhDc. Executive Director, Family Reconciliation Center formerly known as Reconciliation Inc, a 30 year old non-profit agency serving Tennessee

The Family Incarcerated: Transitional Issues for Ex-offenders and their Families

Incarceration impacts individuals, families and communities. Looking at the family as a system, where they often silently bleed. Many struggle with undiagnosed mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, poor coping/interpersonal skills, a lack of support structures, overwhelming pressures, grief & loss. A discussion of concerns, issues and problems which occur upon an ex-offender’s release from incarceration, as they reenter the free world. Topics will include understanding the family system, developing a workable home plan, stress and crisis management, substance abuse triggers / relapse prevention plans, overcoming obstacles to successful reentry such as unemployment and lack of housing, family based strategies (“what works”) to reduce recidivism, developing a community of support, empowering folks (rather than enabling), and reconciliation. 

Magistrate Scott Rosenberg

Magistrate Scott RosenbergMagistrate Rosenberg is a 1990 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. He began his legal career with the District Attorney General’s office in Davidson County in the Child Support Division. In 1993 he was hired by the law firm of Joyce, Meredith, Flitcroft and Normand to handle child support cases. In his role as a child support prosecutor he had primary responsibility for URESA and Bankruptcy cases. Magistrate Rosenberg began private practice in 1997. His practice focused mainly on Domestic Relation cases. In 1998 he was appointed as the first Special Prosecutor for Domestic Relations cases by General Victor S. “Torry” Johnson. In 1998 he was also appointed as a Referee by Judge Betty Adams Green, judge of the Juvenile Court of Davidson County, re-appointed in 2006 and appointed as Magistrate by Judge Sophia Crawford in 2012.

Throughout the years Magistrate Rosenberg has served on several committees relating to child support issues both at the local, state and national level. Magistrate Rosenberg served on the Department of Human Services 2005 Child Support Guideline Advisory Committee and the Department of Human Services 2006 Enhanced Child Support Enforcement Committee. Magistrate Rosenberg is presently a member of the National Judicial Child Support Task Force.

Magistrate J. Michael O'Neil

Magistrate O'Neil has served on the Davidson County, Tennessee Juvenile Court Bench since 1998.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University and is an Honors Graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Law.  Prior to his appointment to the bench, Magistrate O'Neil practiced law with a commercial litigation firm in New Orleans, Louisiana and was also a solo practitioner.  Magistrate O’Neil currently serves on the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Advisory Council and is a past member of the Tennessee Youth Court Advisory Committee.   Magistrate O'Neil has received additional training at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the National Judicial College, and the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management.

He is married and is the father of two.

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