NCCD Blog

NCCD Blog

October 7, 2013 | Nichole Carlisle, Program Associate, NCCD
Anecdotally, it seems human beings are primed to borrow things and ideas from one another. We do it with recipes, stock tips, and office supplies. We encourage our children to share with one another just as we try to emulate this process ourselves. And yet, when it comes to professional spheres, we…
October 7, 2013 | Shannon Flasch, Associate Director, NCCD
Each year, there are approximately 500,000 incidents of adult maltreatment in the United States. These incidents involve older adults and adults with serious physical and cognitive disabilities. Only a small percentage of these cases are formally reported to the adult protective services (APS) agenc…
September 30, 2013 | Nancy Mullane, Media for a Just Society Award Winner
On July 8, nearly 30,000 prisoners locked up inside 24 of California’s 34 prisons began a hunger strike to protest conditions in the state’s Security Housing Units. For the next two weeks, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) allowed a few reporters to have limited pres…
September 25, 2013 | NCCD Children's Research Center
The development of a differential response system serves an important function in child welfare. Differential response allows statutory child protective services agencies to have choices in how they respond to reports alleging child maltreatment. The differential response framework was born out of t…
September 18, 2013 | Korey King Wise and Deborah D. Grison, PhD
In life when we begin a project, it is usually with one idea in mind, but as we follow through, it often takes a turn and develops a life of its own. Or perhaps, it becomes what it was always purposed to be. If approached from an authentic, pure place, what was put into motion cannot help but to flo…
August 22, 2013 | Jesse Lava, Media for a Just Society Award Winner
Television may be one of the biggest obstacles to criminal justice reform in the United States. For more than a generation, our country’s response to crime has been driven by fear—fear of violence, fear of theft, fear of the psychopath lurking around the corner. This fear has enabled opportunistic p…
July 29, 2013 | Tara Regan Anderson, Policy and Grants Manager, Office of San Francisco District Attorney
Just a month ago I had the honor and privilege to enter a sacred space, one not defined by faith or a specific religion, but instead by the power of one moment: the embrace between a child and his father. This 13-year-old child had not seen his father, a man sentenced to prison, in 10 years. As tear…
July 17, 2013 | Nate Williams
Last month, for the first time as a free man, I celebrated my daughter’s birthday with her. Zakiya is 21 years old, a beautiful and intelligent young woman. All of my family says she looks just like me, which makes me smile every time I hear it. Her birthday was on a Wednesday, but we spent five day…
July 12, 2013 | Hilary Runion, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Many young children in the United States have a mother in prison: Recent statistics suggest more than one million incarcerated individuals are parents to more than 2.7 million children. As a doctoral student, I am exploring the reentry process for the mothers of these young children—specifically, pl…
July 8, 2013 | Julie Poehlmann, PhD, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Julie Poehlmann (right) and colleague Dr. Rebecca Schlafer with Alex, Sesame Street’s newest Muppet, who has an incarcerated father. When I was working as a psychologist in a children’s clinic in upstate New York in the late 1990s, I started receiving referrals to assess young children whose mot…