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, arrest, and jailing happens.
It was created after Joy Gilfilen, President of the Restorative CommUnity Coaliton did an in-person, hands-on ethnographic reserach study of 79 people who she had worked with as they were involved in the process. While 53 of the people had been arrested, another 26 were family members, loved ones or 1st responders dealing with the crisis impacts directly.
You can order this high-gloss poster for your office, for use with clients, for educating people about how jail trauma affects our entire community, and to understand why it starts a self-destructive process that costs everyone in our community when the trauma is not intercepted. See a more detailed description of the research conducted below.
The Study Details and Process:
Year – 2018
Interviewer: Joy Gilfilen
– 79 Total – both male and female, 2 LGBTQ – All over 18 – All age groups
– 53 were people who had been arrested and jailed in Whatcom County
– 26 were friends, parents, family, partners, bosses, hospital or mental health providers, police, employees of the justice system including prosecutors, defenders, clerks, judges
These interviews were conducted in 2018 over a period of several months. Joy asked people to talk with her for between 2-5 hours each to discuss the impact of the arrest on them and their families with the ultimate goal to find out from them what could be done to fix the problems people have with the arrest, jail and justice system. This was a summary of Joy’s observations afterwards. The chart was distributed back to the participants to get their feedback on the gleanings. They validated that the charts really captured their experiences overall, and were stunned at the comprehensiveness and accuracy of it to their experiences.