More Life: The Reentry Podcast

by VanKevia Garner

More Life: The Reentry Podcast is a podcast on offender reentry, advocacy, and reform. Throughout the course of the show, we will discuss facts and dispel myths related to what offender reentry is and isn’t. You’ll hear from experts within a wide range of subjects, including returning citizens, reentry specialists, criminal justice/or psychology professionals, mental health professionals, and reentry facility administrators. Yo ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Moving Forward on Birthing Behind Bars with The Unborn Prisoner Project

    Moving Forward on Birthing Behind Bars with The Unborn Prisoner Project

    Our last episode of the mini-series, “The Invisible World of Women’s Correctional Healthcare” is here. Throughout the last couple of weeks, we have discussed the challenges and significance of womens’ healthcare needs. We have learned about the healthcare needs of women incarcerated and the effects of incarceration on their health needs. Join us in our last episode to learn more about the next steps in supporting pregnant women behind bars and as they return back to their communities. Kelli and KJ inform us about current practices and policies enacted, as well as recommendations and gaps within policy enactment and correctional practice. In addition, Kelli and KJ discuss the mission of The Unborn Prisoner Project and the expansion of their project. Lastly, they discuss their independent actions that promote women's healthcare reformation. Follow The Unborn Prisoner Project: Instagram: The Unborn Prisoner Project Youtube: Unborn Prisoner Project Want to learn more? End of Roe Incarceration and Health: A Family Medicine Perspective Health Care Transitions for Individuals Returning to the Community from a Public Institution From Corrections to Community: Reentry Health Care Improving Health Equity Reproductive Health Care Recommendations Follow More Life: The Reentry Podcast on Instagram Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete: New Topic Ideas Are you formerly incarcerated and want to share your story? Complete: Resilient Reentrants Form Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life! Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S. https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings License code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

  • The Impact of Incarceration on Birth Stories with The Unborn Prisoner Project

    The Impact of Incarceration on Birth Stories with The Unborn Prisoner Project

    Welcome back to our 2nd week of our mini-series, “The Invisible World of Women’s Correctional Healthcare.” KJ and Kelli joined us again to highlight the significance of womens’ healthcare concerns and the overlooked nature of pregnancy behind bars. Tune in to listen to Kelli and KJ describe their experiences with the legal system and the role the legal system has played into their personal narratives. Through their personal stories, a deeper understanding is provided on the impact of incarceration and how it influences an individuals’ birth story. Kelli’s story is rooted in her experience of being incarcerated. In April 2019, Kelli was sentenced to 20 months and sent to the Maine Correctional Center. Kelli experienced numerous complications with her pregnancy while incarcerated. As for KJ, they also had a life experience that brought them to the occupation of sharing their story with others. The impact of frequent incarceration of a parent during her youth influenced KJ to become committed to discovering alternative methods for community care. Follow The Unborn Prisoner Project: Instagram: The Unborn Prisoner Project Youtube: Unborn Prisoner Project Want to learn more? What is a Birth Story? The Realities of Pregnancy and Mothering While Incarcerated Prison Baby: A Memoir YouTube Video: Giving Birth While Incarcerated Women's Health Care in Correctional Setting. Health Care for Incarcerated Women Follow More Life: The Reentry Podcast on Instagram Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete: New Topic Ideas Are you formerly incarcerated and want to share your story? Complete: Resilient Reentrants Form Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life! Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S. https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings License code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

  • Birthing A New Generation Behind Bars with The Unborn Prisoner Project

    Birthing A New Generation Behind Bars with The Unborn Prisoner Project

    Welcome to our mini-series, “The Invisible World of Women’s Correctional Healthcare.” Throughout this mini-series, we have collaborated with the Unborn Prisoner Project to delve into the experiences of women while incarcerating and the impact of those experiences after release. Tune in for the next 3-weeks as we explore the healthcare needs and challenges of women, the impact of incarceration, and policy actions. Our 1st episode, the co-collaborators of the Unborn Prisoner Project, KJ Johnson and Kaitlynn Johnson, joined us to discuss the prevalence of pregnancy behind bars, the specific healthcare needs of women incarcerated, and adverse effects on their needs. KJ holds a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary, with a concentration on Peace and Reconciliation. Kelli serves as a Grant Coordinator for Kennebec Behavioral Health. Together, they have launched a social media campaign to amplify the untold stories and overlooked statistics regarding pregnancy and incarceration. Follow The Unborn Prisoner Project: Instagram: The Unborn Prisoner Project Youtube: Unborn Prisoner Project Want to learn more? Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2023 Incarcerated Women and Girls Women's Health Care in Correctional Setting. Health Care for Incarcerated Women Reproductive Rights While Incarcerated. Follow More Life: The Reentry Podcast on Instagram Want to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete: New Topic Ideas Are you formerly incarcerated and want to share your story? Complete: Resilient Reentrants Form Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life! Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S. https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelings License code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

  • The Unique Needs of Men and Women Post Incarceration with Drs. Dobmeier and Outland

    The Unique Needs of Men and Women Post Incarceration with Drs. Dobmeier and Outland

    Join us in a conversation with Dr. Robert Dobmeier and Dr. Rafael Outland about the unique challenges of special populations as they are released from incarceration. Dr. Dobmeier and Dr. Outland dive into a conversation about the effects of incarceration on elders, women, and people of color, as well as their needs post incarceration. Dr. Robert Dobmeier is a professor in the SUNY Brockport Counselor Education Department and has worked as a mental health counselor, supervisor, and director and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He has published on mental health challenges faced by college students, spirituality in counseling, and justice for individuals who are incarcerated. Dr. Rafael Outland is a father, educator, researcher, and critical scholar. He holds a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Rochester. His research focuses on the influence of historical and institutional violence on the lives of oppressed people, primarily poor Black and Brown youth.If interested in the work of Dr. Robert Dobmeier and Dr. Rafael Outland, please review some of their publications: Why Black and Brown Youth Fear and Distrust Police: An Exploration of Youth Killed by Police in the US (2016/2017), Implications for Counselors and Service ProvidersReentry as Experienced by Women in Jail: Advocating for Change Follow More Life:The Reentry Podcast on InstagramWant to send us topic ideas or reach out to us? Complete: New Topic IdeasAre you formerly incarcerated and want to share your story? Complete: Resilient Reentrants Form Please listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life!Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/good-feelingsLicense code: WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF

  • The Realities of Job Searching for Formerly Incarcerated with Dr. Naomi Sugie

    The Realities of Job Searching for Formerly Incarcerated with Dr. Naomi Sugie

    Title: The Realities of Job Searching for Formerly Incarcerated with Dr. Naomi Sugie Dr. Naomi Sugie is an Associate Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Department and co-director of the Center for Population, Inequality and Policy at the University of California, Irvine. She studies punishment and inequality, including barriers to reentry from incarceration and consequences of criminal legal contact for employment, health, and political participation. Join VanKe’via and Dr. Sugie in a conversation about the realities of formerly incarcerated experiences to obtain employment. Listen to learn more about the influence of a criminal record on employment opportunities and ways for advocating for change of employment needs for formerly incarcerated. Be sure to check out the Library of Congress, and the Center of Workforce Inclusion for job opportunities, help, and resources!Reentry and Employment Resources for Justice-Involved Individuals - Research Guides at Library of Congress Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers If you are interested in finding out more about job opportunities and the reentry process, please review the following:Daytime Locations in Spatial Mismatch: Job Accessibility and Employment Employer Aversion To Criminal Records By Naomi F. Sugie Work as Foraging: A Smartphone Study of Job Search and Employment after Prison Expanding Economic Opportunity for Formerly Incarcerated Persons : The White House LARRP Employment Opportunities Follow More Life:The Reentry Podcast on InstagramWant to send us topic ideas? Complete the form: Topic Ideas FormAre you formerly incarcerated & want to share your story? Complete: Resilient Reentrants FormPlease listen, rate, and review. Thank you, More Life! Host: VanKe’via Garner, M. S.https://uppbeat.io/track/hartzmann/good-feelingsLicense Code:WWUKNN1ALHEZYUNF