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3-Step Civic Strategy: Emotional Resilience Tools After an arrest, an individual is thrown into an accelerated pattern of self-destructive emotional chaos.  This arrest shock overwhelms their reasoning and coping skills. They experience acute emotional trauma such as shame, guilt, fear, sorrow, and then feelings of abandonment, betrayal, and isolation.  Their world turns upside down as their...

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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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Guest Opinion – Lynden Tribune – 01/25-2012The Restorative Community Coalition has been working to get Washington State Department of Corrections to release people who have served their time with a legal identification when they leave prison.  Today, they still leave with an prison badge, and are expected to cash  their $40 release check with that...

Business is not what you Think It Is! Art Sherwood, IDEA Institute – WWU Social Benefit Corporations are a powerful way to implement restorative economics. As time changes all things, authentic justice is finding its way into social, business and civic understanding.  The fact is that business models, methods and ways of doing business are...

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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...

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Our Freedom Farm – Started with a ‘Freedom Garden’ Experiment and now we imagine working with a Sustainable Farm We have a plan to build a farm where people who are re-entering society after incarceration could come be rehabilitated and re-learn how the world works in a realistic, functional way. Our business plan calls for: Bunkhouse...

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Reclaiming Lives This 4-minute video shows why Restorative Community Coalition is Standing Up for Inmates Recovery, Jail Reform and Restorative Economics Growing a healthy society is an individual, family, business and community matter.  This video is about the individual impacts of excessive incarceration (without rehabilitation) on real people.  We describe why it is cost effective...

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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