MN Transition Coalition February 18, 2020

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Research Briefing: "Laying the Groundwork: How States Can Improve Access to Continued Education for People in the Criminal Justice System" (Webinar)

Tuesday, February 25th at 3:00 p.m. ET

Laying the Groundwork: How States Can Improve Access to Continued Education for People in the Criminal Justice System provides a state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. The report identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that states should have in place to ensure that high-quality postsecondary education is readily accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated people.

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Barriers to Reentry

Friday, February 28, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

This full-day conference will discuss the barriers of reentry formerly incarcerated individuals experienced & explore possible solutions. The keynote speaker, Reginald Dwayne Betts, transformed himself from a sixteen-year old kid sentenced to nine-years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of Yale Law School. He has written three acclaimed collections of poetry, the recently published Felon, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm.

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MSSA’s Annual Training Conference & Expo

March 11-13, 2020

MSSA’s Annual Training Conference & Expo is the largest, most comprehensive, cost effective health and human service conference in the Midwest. Our 2019 conference brought together almost 3,400 health and human service professionals from all parts of Minnesota and the surrounding states. With 130 educational sessions covering a broad spectrum of topics and featuring high quality, local and nationally recognized speakers, MSSA is able to bring you cutting edge topics on the focus areas important to those in the health and human services field. Our expo hall with over 200 tables provides a unique opportunity for organizations to share new technologies and resources and meet with conference attendees. Don't miss it!

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Recovery Coach Academy

March 14-15 8am to 4pm (RCA Training)
March 21-22 8am to 4pm (RCA Training)
March 28-29 8am to 4:30pm (Ethics Training)

Location: Freedomworks, 2929 Emerson Ave. N. , Minneapolis, MN 55411

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 6-day intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the ski l ls needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. This training also includes the ethical considerations for recovery coaches which addresses many areas including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues. This course will help Recovery Coaches maintain good boundaries when serving others. Contact to register

MCA Spring Workshop

When: March 26, 2020
Location: Owatonna Country Club Event Center

Criminal Minds
Supervising offenders with various mental health needs

Food, snacks, and parking provided!

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ICCA Public Policy Forum and Hill Day

Event Date: March 30-31st, 2020

Location: Hall of States, 444 N. Capitol St. NW on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Please plan to join the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) for its annual Public Policy Forum on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Forum will include speakers from Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the non-profit stakeholder community who will discuss current trends in juvenile and criminal justice policy, pending legislation and relevant updates for those working within community corrections.

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SOTP Quarter Break Job Interviewing Class

When: Friday, April 3rd, 2019
Time: 11:45 am – 4:00 pm
Where: MCF – Lino Lakes, Sex Offender Treatment Program
Why: To assist SOTP offenders preparing for release to improve/develop job interviewing skills
Who: Anyone with experience in hiring / conducting job interviews and/or helping offenders prepare for a successful release
It’s that time again that the MCF-Lino Lakes Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) is preparing for quarter break and the quarterly Job Interviewing Class. We are looking for volunteers to conduct practice mock interviews for the offenders to work on their interviewing skills in preparation of their release. This is a great way to take a break from your normal work routine and provide offenders with the practice they need to seek employment. As you know we have a quite long quarter break in December.
We are scheduled to have our mock job interviews on the afternoon of Friday, April 3rd. This starts with a Thank You luncheon & orientation for the volunteers at 11:45am (in J-3/Carver). At 1:00 we will gather with the SOTP offenders for an overview and then the rest of the afternoon (until 3:45) will be spent in doing mock interviews with the offenders and providing them with valuable feedback on their interview strengths and ways in which they can improve their interviewing skills. Contact Uyanga Bayandalai at for more information.

Hamline University Center for Justice and Law - Poverty Series

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Center for Justice and Law will focus on the theme of the criminalization of poverty. The mission of the center is to work with community partners to generate creative, concrete, and equitable policy solutions. Visit our website Here


Friday, Apr 3, 2020 - Little Earth Project, Peacemaking and Youth
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Women, Trauma, Mental Health & Poverty


Where: Austin, Texas

When: April 5-7, 2020

The largest conference in behavioral health care and your destination for next-level learning, peer-to-peer engagement and high-octane entertainment.

This year, we will embrace what makes us unique, celebrate what unites us and paint a portrait of progress. NatCon20 is an exclusive invitation to boost your abilities – and your bottom line – alongside more than 6,000 of yours peers.

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Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration 2020:
From Mental Illness to Public Wellness

Friday, April 17, 2020
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55106

For more information, contact Em Roerick at 651-793-1314 or


The 24th Annual MnATSA Conference

The 24th annual MnATSA conference will be held April 22-24, 2020 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

MnATSA is excited to have keynotes by: Emily Baxter on We are All Criminals, Meghan Fagundes on Factors associated with treatment completion among sexually abusive youth, and Karina Forrest-Perkins on Working with clients who have experienced trauma.

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Annual Juvenile Justice Conference

April 23, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Maplewood YMCA, 2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN

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Call for Presenter Proposals for the MCA Annual Training Institute in October

Deadline May 1, 2020

Presenters – this is your chance to submit a proposal to present at Minnesota Corrections Association’s Annual Fall Conference, being held October 28-30 in Mankato, MN!

We’re looking for a wide range of engaging topics geared toward corrections professionals and partners.
Click here for proposal form Please put "Presenter Proposal" in the subject line of your e-mail when submitting your proposal.