After spending years prosecuting homicides and participating in parole hearings, Debra realized crime problems can’t be solved with a one size fits all approach and are best solved with community support through the arts within schools and correction facilities.
She has the unique perspective of not only being a criminal prosecutor, but also heading up Women Wonder Writers, a non-profit that brings trauma-informed teachers and artists to prisons, with The Write of Your L!fe ~ Beyond Bars. Our trauma-informed instructors give students the tools to transform their idle time into opportunities to build and restore confidence through healthy self-expression.
Debra’s presentation at IVAT will discuss what makes this all possible. WIth “The Brown Card” or access cards for art providers that allow them in and out of prisons, to see how these cards may actually be our tickets to decarcerating America.
In this in-depth presentation, Debra shares her story of going from a parole prosecutor to art provider, teaching in correctional facilities and creating cultural arts programs to help with rehabilitation, health, and safety.