Thank you to everyone who made the first workshop in the Baltimore Mitigation Training Series such a success! Overall, approximately 100 participants attended the training. Many people came to us from Maryland and Pennsylvania, but others came to us from as far as Missouri, Florida, Alabama, New York, Nevada, and elsewhere from across the country. Attendees included defense attorneys who conduct capital, juvenile, and more general defense work. They also included long-time mitigation specialists and those just starting out in the field.
Everyone who gave us feedback reported learning something new and something that they will be able to use in their work going forward. Participants expressed a significant desire for further training on ways practitioners can use these techniques to better serve their clients, so we expect to begin planning another, more advanced training for later this year.
Mitigation has the potential to make our system more just, both for our clients and for the countless communities that have been so damaged by the effects of mass incarceration. Hosting this training is a significant step for ARC, Inc. as we seek to engage more practitioners across the country in this work.