Most Californians have experienced childhood trauma; early adversity a direct link to adult onset of chronic disease, depression, violence


Nearly two-thirds of California adults have experienced at least one type of major childhood trauma, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, or living with a family member who abuses alcohol or is depressed, according to a report released last week.

The report – “Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California” (HiddenCrisis_Report_1014) – also reveals the effects of those early adversities: a startling and large increased risk of the adult onset of chronic disease, such as heart disease and cancer, mental illness and violence or being a victim of violence. …

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Considering the psychological needs of immigrants

On September 16, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and Center for Religion and Culture hosted a conference to discuss whether we have a moral obligation to immigrants. Entitled “A Crisis of Conscience: What Do We Owe Immigrant Youth and Families?” the conference featured former U.S. Senator and 50th Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, former immigration judge Sarah Burr, and Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. David Ushery, journalist and host of NBC’s “The Debrief” moderated the event. …

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Why I support the ‘Final Words’ book project

Final Words: 517 executed prisoners of Texas Death Row share their last words. It’s time to listen!

This is not a typical SCSJ blog post. I am speaking to you as one person to another, not in my professional capacity as an attorney. I hope you will bear with me. -Shoshannah Sayers, Deputy D ……

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Mass Incarceration and Poverty

Despite some areas of recovery following the Great Recession, unemployment rates continue to be high, especially for those who previously have been incarcerated. The 65 million Americans, who have been incarcerated often for non-violent crimes, are disqualified by having a criminal record from an estimated 800 different occupations for life. …

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Written consent as a tool of racial equity

This piece first appeared on The Durham News website on August 22, 2014. It has been modified to include a video mentioned in the text of the article.
City Manager Tom Bonfield’s report to the City Council this week, in which he announced his plans regarding the embattled Durham Police Department, may lead to a department that is more accountable to the public. However, left unchanged, it is unlikely to make significant progress in reducing the large racial disparities evident in a decade’s worth of data on Durham policing. …

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Overview: The work of SCSJ

Clean Slate

Racial Profiling

Disenfranchised by Voter ID in NC

People Change

Voting Rights and Section 5

Champions of Change

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When Solitary Confinement Becomes Torture

What would you think about a pet owner who locked up his cat or dog in a tiny room for 23 hours a day?  For a month, a year, five years?  Would you accuse that owner of cruel and unusual treatment?  Yet, thousands of humans are treated this way in our correctional systems, many for prolonged periods of time.  About 25,000 federal and state inmates are held in solitary confinement in supermax prisons in units called SHUs—security housing units—and another 80,000 inmates are housed in isolation cells in regular prisons and jails. …

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