Depression and Suicide Among Ex-Offenders_It’s Not All Bad! (2-6)

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00:05 Matt Duhamel: Welcome to Solitary Nation. My name is Matt Duhamel, your host, and this week we are talking with the public speaker, the comedian, the author, the writer, he does a lot of things, his name is Frank King. He has written for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Dennis Miller. Frank King, welcome to Solitary Nation.

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Heather and James

Judee Reeves wrote in 1994, “Families of inmates have been called the “hidden victims of crime” (Carlson & Cervera, 1992, p.5). When a crime is committed, there are victims other than the primary victim(s). These secondary victims include the families of the primary victim and another often overlooked group of victims — family members of the person who has committed the crime. The families of inmates are often overlooked in research and in designing social programs, yet many suffer devastating consequences as a result of a loved one’s incarceration.”

Host, Matt Duhamel speaks with Heather who’s husband James is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit.  She lives as a ‘prison wife’ everyday but explains that she is blessed and happy to be married to such a loving man.  Join us for this two-part podcast series about spouses behind bars.

Resources:

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March
InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference
Hope For James – Raising Attorney Fees

 

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Who is the best guest to discuss suicide and depression?  How about a comedian?  In this episode of Solitary Nation, nationally recognized professional motivational speaker and comedian, Frank King, joins Matt Duhamel to talk about his struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide.  He also gives tips and advice to ex-offenders who, according to a new study, found that the risk of suicide for male offenders is eight times the national average, with over 25 percent of those suicides occurring in the first four weeks of their release.

But the conversation isn’t all gloom and doom.  Frank King is a comedian so expect some lighthearted moments even during a serious conversation such as suicide and depression.  This is an episode that anyone can benefit from!

Solitary Nation with Matt Duhamel Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be incarcerated? What about being a prisoner in a state penitentiary?  Matt Duhamel invites John Charles on the show, a handicapped man who served 2 years and 8 months in the Clark County Jail (Vancouver, WA) and Washington State Prison in Walla Walla, WA.  John gives listeners a first hand account of what it’s like to be behind bars.  He also describes his horrific days in a padded cell because medical staff in the county jail prescribed him medication that caused him to become delirious.

Though his story may seem extremely negative, John is a survivor.  He gives tips to individuals that may be facing incarceration.  John is a free man now and enjoys time with his wife and adopted 6-year daughter.

 

Wayne Curry, KraftWerk K9 (German Shepard Trainer)

Host, Matt Duhamel talks with Carolyn Esparza about his horrific experience with a Pacific Northwest employer over his criminal record from 10 years ago.  Moving from Utah to Washington to take a full-time position with the company, Kraftwerk K9, Matt faced major backlash within a matter of days due to his past.  Though he admits he only provided the half truth about his crime, both Matt and Carolyn agree that the company and their CEO, Wayne Curry, handled the situation poorly.

Carolyn offers advice for the formally incarcerated on how to approach employers, when to talk about your criminal history, and the need for stable jobs for ex-felons and registered sex offenders.  She also discusses her yearly Prisoner Family conference in Dallas, Texas which supports families who’ve been effected by mass incarceration.

 

Can registered sex offenders travel outside of the United States?  If so, what are their restrictions?  And, how does the registry restrict the offender and his/her family within the community?

Join host, Matt Duhamel and California attorney, Janice Bellucci (ASCOL) as they discuss the answers to these questions and more about America’s “list” of convicted sex offenders.

The International Megan’s Law was reintroduced in 2015 by Rep. Christopher H. Smith as International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders (H.R. 515). In addition to HR 4573, the final version of HR 515 requires a visual “unique identifier” to be placed on the passports of registrants convicted of sex offenses involving a minor. Law would also require covered offenders to notify law enforcement 21 days before traveling abroad. Critics have claimed violation of constitutional rights and note that the law would also cover those who were convicted as minors.

Solitary Nation - Social Ostracism

In this unique episode of Solitary Nation, Matt Duhamel talks with Dr. Kipling Williams from Purdue University.  He is the nation’s leading authority on social ostracism and social rejection.  The conversation focuses on how rejection effects everyday people and especially the formally incarcerated.   Dr. Williams also offers tips for people with felony records on how they can reduce anxiety and pressure from social ostracism.

This is an informative podcast episode not only for people who’ve been incarcerated, but for all ages and social situations.  The information that Dr. Williams provides can even relate to school bullying among children and teenagers.

 

Solitary Nation Podcast: Finding Redemption through Rescuing At-Risk Youths

In this Season #2 opener, Matt Duhamel talks about Larry Lawton, the creator of the “Reality Check Program. ”  Larry Lawton is the only ex-con ever in the United States to be sworn in as an honorary police officer and only ex-con ever to be recognized on the Floor of the United States Congress for his work with helping young people and law enforcement agencies.

You will hear discussion on how his program is helping at-risk youth, law enforcement, cities, schools, 0rganizations and families to help our youth become the best they can be.

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Nancy Nordyke Shelley, Coordinator for Justice For All, an Affiliate of the STOP Mass Incarceration Network, joins Solitary Nation for this powerful second episode.

Nancy talks about her son’s experience with the criminal justice system (he was arrested, incarcerated but NEVER convicted) and the effects of mass incarceration in America.

Host, Matt Duhamel asks the tough questions about what needs to be done to fix the broken system.

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030, while reducing crime. One way they are succeeding is by investing in successful formerly incarcerated leaders from across the United States.

Host, Matt Duhamel speaks with Khalil A. Cumberbatch from JLUSA about how ex-offenders can be leaders in the community while working for criminal justice reform. The discussion also touches on how Mr. Cumberbatch, JLUSA founder, Glenn E. Martin and the additional team members are advocating for the permanent closure of Rikers Island Jail in New York. The video podcast includes Rikers Jail news footage, stills and infographics.

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