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Beverly Walker and her daughter Wisdom Walker Family in Milwaukee 53206 Is Reunited
Despite completing every treatment and training program available to him during his 22-year incarceration, and showing “significantly improved character,” Baron Walker was denied parole seven times due to Wisconsin's “truth in sentencing” laws. Finally, at a hearing last month, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Mark Sanders modified Walker’s original sentence of 60 years. Walker was released the following day, August 17, and reunited with his family.
Walker and his family figured prominently in the documentary film Milwaukee 53206, which received a 2017 Media for a Just Society Award from NCCD. The film was screened more than 200 times in community settings over the past year as part of a social justice impact campaign. Read more about Walker’s release here and here. Read a blog post written for NCCD by the filmmaker, Keith McQuirter, here.
Ryan BergNew Blog Series Explores Trauma-Health Link
Winner of a 2016 Media for a Just Society Award for his debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, Ryan Berg has a new essay that NCCD is publishing as a series on our blog this month. An author, activist, and program manager of a short-term housing program for queer-identified youth in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, Berg writes about reconnecting with an individual he worked with in a foster care group home a decade ago. She is now a gravely ill adult, and while Berg is unable to prove that her traumatic childhood directly caused her illness, he explains the science behind researchers’ claims that exposure to adversity affects the still-developing brains and bodies of children, leading to lifelong health problems. “Trauma is not something one simply ‘gets over’,” Berg said. Read the first part of the blog series here, and check back regularly for more.

Later this fall watch for a blog series by finalists for the 2018 Media for a Just Society Awards, to be announced later this month.
Kathy ParkNCCD Execs to Present at West Coast Conferences
CEO Kathy Park will be a panel participant at the 2018 ISM Annual Conference, offered by the American Public Human Services Association for health and human services IT leaders. In a session titled “Transforming CCWIS While Performing,” Park will discuss the benefits of automating Structured Decision Making® assessments to help workers promote ongoing child safety. More information on the conference, scheduled for September 16–19 in Seattle, is available here.   
Angie WolfDr. Angie Wolf, Chief Program Officer, will present key findings from an NCCD study on girls and gangs at a California School Resource Officers’ Association conference September 20 and 21 in San Diego. Dr. Wolf will also discuss recommendations designed to support organizations and individuals who work with gang-involved girls. More information on the conference, titled “Spotlight on Girls: Critical Issues, Trends and Strategies,” can be found here.

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