Advisory Committee - Diversion and Reentry

 
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Empowering Justice-Impacted People with Disabilities

The Access Living Diversion and Reentry Advisory Committee: Applications Open

Mission:

The mission of the Access Living Diversion and Reentry Advisory Committee (DRAC) is to empower justice-impacted people with disabilities and advance the development people-centered community supports and programs that support their overall well being and growth. 

What is a Justice-Impacted Person?

Someone who has direct experience being involved with the criminal justice system. This is primarily through the experience of spending time in jail, prison, or probation.

Vision:

The vision of the Access Living Diversion and Reentry Advisory Committee is to be a leader in disability justice as it relates to improving conditions and outcomes for people with disabilities impacted by the justice system. We will help justice-impacted people with disabilities become influential forces for systems change and development. Through direct engagement with cross-disability analysis, public education, and policy work, those who are most impacted by the criminal justice system will be more prepared to help bring about a more effective and efficient system of justice at the local, state, and national levels.

Purpose:

The Access Living Diversion and Reentry Advisory Committee aims to harness the experience, knowledge, and expertise of formerly incarcerated people with disabilities to assist with and inform Access Living’s Diversion and Reentry policy efforts.

Goals:

  1. Build the capacity of justice-impacted people with disabilities to be able to inform local, state, and national policies and programs related to diversion and reentry efforts in the criminal justice system.  
  2. Provide input and feedback for Access Living’s Diversion and Reentry Policy Analyst and internal team on policy advocacy and implementation efforts.
  3. Engage key decision makers and stakeholders in the criminal justice system to exchange knowledge related to diversion and reentry to deepen the relationship between new and existing supporters.

Members of DJAC:

The Committee members will consist of 6-8 members from across the country who are selected through Access Living’s application process. Each of the members are required to have direct experience with the criminal justice system and a self-identified disability. Furthermore, all members are required to attend each of the four quarterly meeting to share input and feedback on Access Living’s Diversion and Reentry policy efforts. Members are paid up to $250 per meeting depending on the number of Connittee members.

Meetings:

The Committee will meet four times per year to gather to receive training ,as well as advise on Access Living’s Diversion and Reentry efforts. Each meeting will be approximately three hours long and will be broken down into two parts. The first part of the meeting will be dedicated to training and development efforts for members to learn about cross-disability analysis, policy work, and legal protections for people with disabilities. The second part of the meeting will be dedicated to discussion designed to receive input and feedback on Diversion and Reentry Policy efforts.

The first Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Application Process:

  1. Application deadline: September 16
  2. Applicant interviews: October 1 through October 15
  3. Applicant notifications: On or before October 21
  4. Deadline for applicants to accept or decline offer: October 28

Questions:

Please contact Chris Huff, Diversion and Reentry Policy Analyst with questions.

 

Chris Huff

Policy Analyst – Diversion and Reentry

chuff@accessliving.org

(312) 640-2131

To Apply:

To apply to be a part of the Diversion and Reentry Advisory Committee, please fill out the form below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

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