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Webinar: Learning from Those Who Succeed upon Release: What Strategies, Approaches and Tools Made a Difference

This webinar, held on August 14, 2012, discussed the experiences of successful and unsuccessful releases. Kathleen Gnall, an independent criminal justice consultant, offered suggestions about how the “lessons learned” from these experiences could be incorporated at both the macro-level (system and organization) and the micro-level (individual reentry planning) to increase the likelihood that more released individuals will become productive and law-abiding citizens. To watch the archived recording of this webinar, click here. To download the PowerPoint slides used in this presentation, click here.


So much has been written and discussed about the “failure” of the corrections system to correct offender behavior, the daunting challenges released offenders are faced with upon return to communities, and the high return rates of ex-offenders to prisons and jails in relatively short-order.  Yet, there are noteable successes, each individual with a “story” which can assist researchers and practitioners in identifying themes and specific, individualized strategies that may increase the numbers of reentry successes thereby enhancing community safety.

During this webinar the presenter will:

  • Use case studies of individuals who successfully reentered communities following periods of incarceration to distill lessons about what works for which offenders and under what circumstances;
  • Compare and contrast the experiences of successful and unsuccessful releases;
  • Suggest how the “lessons learned” might be incorporated at both the macro (systems and organizations) and micro-level (individual reentry planning) to increase the probabilities that greater numbers of released offenders will become productive and law-abiding citizens;
  • Attendees can ask the presenter questions about any of these or other related topics in the last 30 minutes of the webinar.

The presenter for this webinar is Kathleen Gnall, an independent criminal justice consultant with extensive experience working with criminal justice professionals, policymakers, community and business leaders, social service providers, and members of faith-based and non-profit organizations to enhance public safety while improving individual outcomes. Ms. Gnall spent 17 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PDOC), where she served as executive assistant to the Secretary of Corrections; the Director of Policy, Planning, Research, Evaluation and Grants; and the Deputy Secretary for Specialized Programs and Reentry.  She holds an MA degree in government from Lehigh University and a BA in Politics summa cum laude from De Sales University.

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

To register for this webinar, click here.

  • From Our Clients

    QuoteSince 2013, Ms. Gnall has been working with Dauphin County to develop strategies to impact re-entry at the local level. She has been instrumental in our criminal justice system adopting a Risk and Needs Assessment (the ORAS), as well as training all county criminal justice staff on the fundamentals of evidence-based practices in criminal justice.

    As a consultant, she has demonstrated constant professionalism and an ability to understand the challenges and complexities of the local justice system while offering realistic and constructive solutions for our county to implement.
    Dauphin County, PA Board of Commissioners

    Jeff Haste, Chairman
    Mike Pries, Vice Chairman
    George P. Hartwick III, Secretary
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