Smart Justice

Smart Justice

Smart Justice covers the pursuit of better outcomes in incarceration, foster care, and community collaboration on justice system issues. Website: http://smartjustice.org Support: https://smartjustice.supercast.com

Episodes

September 7, 2022 45 mins

To improve outcomes in complex problems around child welfare, incarceration, and crime we journey upstream to examine the Family as the institution best able to prevent / help people recover from involvement in the justice and child welfare systems.   
Interviewed:
Department of Children and Family Services Mischa Martin
Chairperson of Parent Counsel and Harding University professor Dr Andrew Baker
Sith District Cir...

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Substance Abuse is a common factor in Arkansas Child Welfare and Criminal Justice cases. In this episode we interview State leaders and those with life experience with substance abuse and the justice system. There is hope.

Interviewed:
Department of Children and Family Services Mischa Martin
Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane
Director of Peer Recovery Services Jimmy McGill
Parole Board Chairman John Felts

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September 27, 2022 54 mins

To improve outcomes in complex problems around child welfare, incarceration, and crime we journey upstream to examine the Family as the institution we should protect and seek to strengthen.
 
Interviewed:
Department of Children and Family Services Mischa Martin
Chairperson of Parent Counsel and Harding University professor Dr Andrew Baker
Tenth District Circuit Court Judge Shanice Johnson
Restore Hope Commu...

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October 5, 2022 40 mins

Childhood trauma doesn't excuse bad behavior and crime, but it helps in understanding 'why' which is important in the creation of more successful interventions that yield better ROI for our communities.

To improve outcomes in complex problems around child welfare, incarceration, and crime we journey upstream to examine the Family as the institution we should   
Interviewed:
Circuit Court Judge Shani...

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October 11, 2022 48 mins

All communities work on criminal justice and child welfare issues but few have real systems change. You may have the right people and organizations, but if you don't get 5 things right you'll not make the change you're working so hard to make. In the season one final episode we discuss the impact a growing number of Arkansas communities are having by implementing the collective impact methodology of system change.  <...

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Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Some District Court Judges are taking steps to provide access to services that address root issues that might lead to incarceration and/or foster care for their children. 

Season 2 focuses on how these courts are improving public safety b...

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January 18, 2023 33 mins

Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. 

In this episode we talk with Judges who operate diversion programs. It is our hope to see the expansion of Community Diversion to al...

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January 25, 2023 35 mins

Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. 

In this episode we hear from participants in diversion programs. It is our hope to see the expansion of Community Diversion to all A...

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January 31, 2023 39 mins

Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. 

In this episode we talk with law enforcement and prosecutors. It is our hope to see the expansion of Community Diversion to all Arka...

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February 8, 2023 35 mins

Many Arkansans in prison and/or with children in the child welfare system started their legal engagement with misdemeanor crimes like traffic tickets, driving with no insurance, or theft. Community Diversion in District Courts is a key move to prevent future incarceration and/or foster care. 

In Crawford Co the District Court and Adult Ed have co-located to create a one-stop resource center. This unique situation has impac...

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February 28, 2023 35 mins

We talk with Arkansas' Attorney General about Community Diversion and a Representative from Fort Smith where the courts, law enforcement, and community providers are usually connected in innovative ways.

The way forward is to run a pilot 'Community Diversion' program in around 10 different courts to define common measures and procedures and then assess outcomes across a broad range of factors including liti...

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Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child Arkansas
Read the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine

Welcome to season 3 of SmartJustice we're calling 'A Chance At Life'. This season we focus on the well-being and future of children, youth and families in the child welfare system.

In this edition, we spotlight visionary individuals who are reshaping
the system and breathing ...

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October 4, 2023 40 mins

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child Arkansas
Read the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine

Guests
Jeff Piker
Skye Mitchell
Mahogany Smith
Licia Etheridge
Devin Singh

In this episode we talk with Children and Family Services staff and community leaders in Russellville, AR about supporting families during and after child welfare cases. They share how their community ...

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October 10, 2023 45 mins

Guests
Allie Graves
Christen Butler - Executive Director The CALL
Dr. Derek Brown - Executive Director Arkansas Baptist Children and Family Ministries
Dennis Berry

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child Arkansas
Read the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine

Welcome to season 3 of SmartJustice we're calling 'A Chance At Life'. This season we focus on the w...

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Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info at Every Child Arkansas. Want to support a foster family? In this episode we talk with Darneshia Allen with Zero to Three,
Christen Butler with The CALL, Dr. Derek Brown with Arkansas Baptist Children and Family Ministries, Pastor Chris Massey with Fellowship Bible  Church Searcy, and Dennis Berry, foster parent and The CALL board member.
Hosts Dr. Andrew Baker with Hardin...

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Guests Judge Troy Braswell and Project Zero Executive Director Christie Erwin. 

If you would like to explore adoption visit https://theprojectzero.org/index.php 

Emmy award winning film maker Nathan Willis is a long time partner with Project Zero to help find waiting children the right forever home. 
https://nathanwillisfilms.com/about 
https://www.youtube.com/@ProjectZero1/videos

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November 21, 2023 34 mins

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Find info here Every Child Arkansas
Read the SmartJustice Season 3 magazine

Welcome to season 3 of SmartJustice we're calling 'A Chance At Life'. This season we focus on the well-being and future of children, youth and families in the child welfare system.

In this final episode we talk with Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and DHS Secretary Kristi Putnam ...

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