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11 x 17″ LARGE POSTER FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION – TWO SIDED Side One- BLINDSPOTS:UNEXPECTED FINDINGS FROM JAIL TRAUMA RESEARCH Side Two – WHATCOM COUNTY JAIL TRAUMA CHART: RADICALIZED ACUTE DISTRESS UNDER DURESS (RADD) & REPETITIVE ACCELERATING TRAUMA (RAT) This poster was created to synthesize the emotional distress people experience as a result of a crisis,...

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What happens to people when they get arrested? Most people don’t know because no-one really wants to talk about it. Why not? Joy Gilfilen, President of the Restorative Community Coalition, did a quest to find out.  It is disturbing to the soul. People who get arrested go through dramatic arrest shock and jail trauma before...

Blindspots 1.2:  Whatcom County Jail Trauma Research Study Episode 2 It’s about discovering the false pre-assumptions that people make about an arrest. Joy had no idea she herself would have blindspots even after years of researching the issues and working with people. For example, she discovered that most people who get arrested go through such...

Repetitive Acute Trauma (RAT) follows the initial shock of being that accused person who was in a crisis that led to an accusation, arrest, and now jailing. Videos of Blindspots: Unexpected Findings from Jail Trauma Research – 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 discuss the initial Radicalized Acute Distress under Duress (RADD) feelings and symptoms that precede...

JoyTalks Episode 3 details what people reported happened to them emotionally when they are arrested.   This part of the study is not about guilt or innocence, it is simply what people go through, and may help people understand how mental illness develops in the aftermath of an incident that leads to an arrest. The variety...

The immediate and then compound ripple effects that come from just an arrest process, then a jailing process are serious and last a lifetime. All this happens before a court is even involved or a person is charged with a crime. Blindspots: Unexpected Findings from Jail Trauma Research The immediate and then compound ripple effects...

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Testimonials from our early days when the coalition was originally named the Whatcom County Re-entry Coalition. We still do this work today.

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MISMANAGEMENT = SYSTEMIC PATTERNS OF POVERTY   After analyzing data about Whatcom County’s Justice system for the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, dated November 2017, the Vera Institute of Justice published a report that identified “the following factors contributing to jail overuse in Whatcom County: Most admissions (62%) into the jail had non-felony charges...

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Implement Local Justice Reform Now It’s a better solution for taxpayers – Find Out Why! After 8 years of research, our Coalition finally realized that the private prison industrial complex has filtered down to dominate the business of local jails as well. We figured out that if we want to reverse mass incarceration nationally, the...

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This Noble Cause Corruption report is large – 196 pages.  It is loaded here in three different PDF files since the files were cumbersome to email and download.  There are many items of evidence and graphics inside the three Red, White and Yellow flaggeds Addendums 1-2-3. This report was compiled and written by Joy Gilfilen,...

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Our Coalition was founded in 2006 to help hundreds of clients restore their standing with their families after an arrest and jailing. ~Costs of incarceration for ONE PERSON a year in Washington State is:   $51,775!!! And rising! Our Coalition has shown that instead, just educating someone at $1500 to help get them back into the workforce, turns the...

2015 Taxpayers Report: Start Rebuilding Community The Coalition just produced after 10 years of research this document for the benefit of Whatcom County taxpayers to understand the complexity of the issue around building this large jail. Here is an excerpt from our opening page. Economic Alternatives = Opportunities for Taxpayers With over 25% of the...

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