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Barred Access: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Incarceration & Community Reentry

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May 16 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

This is a three-part workshop series intended to bring awareness to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on provincial and federal incarceration, and community re-entry, in Ontario. The workshop sessions will focus on the following key areas—all of which have already been big issues prior to, but have now been compounded by, the pandemic:

Session 1, May 16th, 5:30pm: “The Invisible Oppressor” Institutionalization/Prisonization & Trauma—speaking on what institutionalization is (in the context of jails and prisons); how it relates to trauma; who is affected; and what we can do about it.

Session 2, May 30th, 5:30pm: “As Within, So Without” Mental and Physical Health—speaking on the current state of mental and physical health services; how COVID-19 has impacted the mental and physical health of people who are or have been incarcerated; and what efforts we can make, at this time, to improve mental/physical health outcomes.

Session 3, June 8th, 5:30pm: “Access Granted?” Access to Justice, Court Supports, and Other Services—speaking on the current state of accessing justice, court supports, and community-based programs / services; what the barriers are, or have been; and how we can improve access to best support remanded, sentenced, and community supervised (including bail, parole, probation) populations.

Participants will walk away with practical ways they can take aligned action in their work and day-to-day lives to affect transformation on the themes covered in each of the workshop sessions.