Transitions from Madness: Leaving Behind the Prison Mind
This workshop will discuss research issues related to inmate re-entry. The particular focus will be on obstacles faced by white inmates who have been exposed to white supremacist groups inside correctional facilities. Larger issues, such as the importance of the performance of masculinity, prison culture, and obstacles to mental health, will be discussed. Each of these issues impacts the likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse both inside correctional facilities and after release. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with skills to help inmates re-entering society by understanding the specific issues they face and the mental states shaped by incarceration.
Workshop Leader: Randy Blazak, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Portland State University’s Department of Sociology. He has studied hate group participation for over twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in 1995 and has published in the area of hate crimes, juvenile delinquency, and prison gangs. Dr. Blazak has been the chair of the Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC) since 2003. The CAHC connects government agencies, law enforcement groups, and civil rights organizations to both prevent and respond to hate-based activity. Dr. Blazak has been researching the formation of hate groups in prisons and the obstacles facing white inmates upon release.
Randy Blazak, Ph.D.is generously donating his time and expertise. All proceeds raised will go to the scholarship fund.
Cost: $60 4 CEUs from ACCBO.
Money raised from this training will go to support the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship.
The purpose of the scholarship is threefold: to honor Al, encourage students to explore how addiction has impacted our community, and to think about solutions to this complex problem. Al was the first alumnus to work at the MRC. He worked from his heart and brought love, wisdom, integrity, humility, and a deep passion and commitment to recovery. Al touched the lives of hundreds of men and was the ultimate role model of recovery.
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