For Those Who Care and Wish to Do More
February 19-21, 2014, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
The mission of the Prisoner’s Family Conference is to improve the quality of life for the prison family through increased awareness, education, networking and support, promoting positive relationships that lessen the traumatic impact and reduce risks resulting from the incarceration of a loved one. The need for this support is great. The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world. Although the United States makes up only five percent of the world’s population, as a Nation, we incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. More than 2.7 million children and countless family members and friends are traumatized by the experience. More 70 percent of children of incarcerated individuals will one day become incarcerated themselves. Due to the lack of support and rehabilitative services offered in American prisons and extremely challenging parole requirements, legalized discrimination of those with a criminal background, etc., at least 65 percent of those returning to our communities will return to prison within three years after being released from prison. These unacceptable and tragic facts diminish the quality of life and safety of our communities for all of us and call for effective resolution.
Credible research demonstrates that strong family support during and following a loved one’s incarceration is crucial to the prisoner’s successful community reentry and family reunification. The conference goal is to strengthen the prison family and promote successful reentry and reunification, ultimately reducing the recidivism rate in the country. To that end, the National Prisoner’s Family Conference provides critical connections and information to improve the quality of life for the entire prison family and offers ample networking opportunities with those from across the country serving prisoners and their families.
Please join me at the conference where I will be presenting on the following topic …
Shifting from a Consciousness of Blame and Shame to a Consciousness of Love and Spiritual Growth in the Age of Mass Incarceration
The current criminal justice system adheres to an “eye-for-an-eye” philosophy ruled by blame and shame. This consciousness is pervasive throughout every aspect of incarceration, from the original charging of a crime to the day-to-day experiences of the incarcerated individual and his or her family. Society shames the family members as well as the incarcerated person, and this shame can have a profound impact on the relationships family members choose to have with their incarcerated loved ones. This consciousness of blame and shame can drive a wedge between family members and the incarcerated person, between family members and society, and between society and the incarcerated person.
In order for us all to achieve healing and spiritual growth through the suffering experienced by incarceration, we must all retune our thinking from a punitive consciousness to a Christ-centric consciousness.
This presentation will offer family members a new way of achieving spiritual growth by perceiving the healing of all people as the ultimate of finding peace amidst suffering.
Learn more at www.PrisonersFamilyConference.org.
Robyn Short is the author of Prayers for Peace a prayer book and journal for those who are committed to being “the change they wish to see in the world,” and Peace People, an illustrated children’s book co-authored with Nanon Williams. She is currently writing a book titled Atonement: Achieving Equality and Freedom in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Robyn is the founder of goodmedia press, an independent publishing company, and the founder and former president of goodmedia communications, a boutique marketing and communications firm. In addition to being an avid blogger, writer, and social justice activist, Robyn is also the director of content for a dallas-based digital business development and communication strategy firm.
Robyn frequently presents on social justices issues for the Masters of Counseling and Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution graduate programs at Southern Methodist University. She is often asked to speak professionally on subjects matters related to publishing and marketing in the digital space.
Robyn is a passionate believer in peace and social justice. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and will graduate with a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in 2014.