It is no secret that the justice system in the United States is deeply flawed and inherently rooted in systemic racism, classism, and oppression. Although the United States only comprises 5% of the world’s population, the country accounts for 25% of the global prison population signifying the importance of working with these individuals.
Incarceration is historically, presently, and unfortunately intentionally linked to racial injustice with Black and Hispanic Americans composing 56% of the US prison population although these demographic groups account for only 32% of the population. In addition to these racial injustices, incarcerated individuals are at significantly higher risk for negative physical and mental health outcomes. Considering the historical roots of the injustice in prison systems, the perpetuated racial disparities within this population, and the increased risk of negative health outcomes, BCC believes working with these populations is not only promising, but on the verge of an absolute necessity.
Training of corrections staff will be critical in achieving BCC’s desired positive changes.
A qualified corrections workforce requires highly developed interpersonal skills and high efficacy personal interactions, both of which should be founded on cultural competency, empathy, and respect.
BCC hopes to help develop these skills to provide the best possible care to individuals suffering at the hands of a failing justice system.