Health & Recovery in the Carceral State

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About the Meeting

NADA has had a long presence in the carceral state, starting in Hungary and Minnesota, and eventually expanding both nationally and internationally.

What is the carceral state? Nora Krinitsky, director of University of Michigan’s Carceral State Project, offers a working definition: “The term … often calls to mind institutions of confinement like jails, detention centers, prisons, but… it also comprises a wide range of policies, practices, and institutions that scrutinize individuals and communities both before and after their contact with the criminal justice system.”

In this day-long event we explored how theater and visual art, research initiatives, innovative re-entry programs and mental health interventions such as the NADA ear acupuncture protocol promote healing in carceral and post-carceral settings (ex. jails, prisons, reentry programs, juvenile detention centers).

Cross-disciplinary presentations created an opportunity for students and practitioners of the NADA protocol to grow their awareness of potential partners and collaborators in carceral contexts, develop stronger cultural competence skills and create a more informed perspective on what it takes to bring a health and recovery intervention into a carceral setting.

Program Overview

Welcome & Opening Ceremony

Part 1: Art, Transformation, & Healing in Carceral Settings

Interactive Theater performance

Maine Inside Out Artists

Theater, visual art and creative writing as tools for healing, collaboration and personal growth

The Prison Creative Arts Project

‘Prison conditions and pilot strategies to promote the well-being of people who are confined and work behind bars’

Jesse Jannetta, Urban Institute: Prison Research and Innovation Initiative

Breakout groups


Part 2: Keynote Presentation by David Rothenburg and Heather Ann Thompson

50 years after Attica: The impact of the Fortune Society and the Pulitzer Prize book, Blood in the Water


Part 3: NADA & Restorative Justice in Carceral Contexts in the United States

NADA as a restorative Justice tool

Sheila Murphy

Testimonials from 3 Carceral Settings

We’ll hear about the impact of the NADA protocol as an addiction and mental health intervention from people in the three different carceral settings in Wyoming, Maryland, and New Mexico.

Part 4: NADA & Restorative Justice in Carceral Contexts (International)

Running NADA services in various carceral contexts: An international perspective

Panel moderated by Sharon Jennings-Rojas



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