The NIA Newsletter Vol. #101

Message from our President

I am thrilled with the growth of the NIA. The families I meet make the work I do very rewarding. I am driven by their stories, some so profoundly disturbing that I wake up at night thinking of them. These stories are the fabric of our work within the NIA. Sharing them will help us weave together messages so those in the free world understand our journey and the impact it has on all of us.

It is essential for everyone to come together in order to show solidarity in this movement because without answering a call to action we cannot create the changes necessary to help our loved ones. Please join the growing list of families and loved ones by telling your story on our website today.
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NIA on the Move

We were out in force at the GA DOC Family Day in  Vidalia helping families get to the right people. This is an extremely powerful event that will produce great results. Watch for the date of the next one sometime early 2017.

We serve on the Fulton/Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative’s Sustainability Committee and are excited to see this project grow. Watch for updates

We have been attending many symposiums and seminars to engage allied partnerships. Our most recent was with “Parents With Incarcerated Children” ( on a focus discussion.  Monalisa Johnson, one of our Advisory Board members who is featured in this seasons A&E Series “60 Days In”, led this powerful conversation. It will be online soon.

We toured Jefferson Place Transitional Center to start a pilot with Fulton County to help homeless men and those leaving Fulton County Jail to become sustainable.

We attended “My Life Matters Accountability Court” with Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua and met amazing young men and women who are success stories.

We are brainstorming a hiring event with Fulton County Commissioner John Eaves for those with criminal backgrounds.

Our strategic team brought on Barbara Bush and Tim Eby to help us with research and Grants.

Recent Highlights

Many of you may have heard that Commissioner Homer Bryson will be leaving the GA DOC as of Dec. 1st and Greg Dozier, Chief of Staff, will be taking his place. We have a wonderful working relationship with Mr. Dozier and feel the handoff will not slow any efforts in reforming the prison system.
News Highlights
The Need for compassionate release
Aging, Sick and Incarcerated
Mary Ziman already had debilitating fibromyalgia and, unable to work, was on permanent disability. Then she was arrested... read more
Death By Another Name
Death By Another Name
Trading lethal injection executions for lethal terms of imprisonment does not end the death penalty, and this lie needs to be rejected... read more
Recent Blogs
21 Prison Slang Terms You've Never Heard
21 Prison Slang Terms You've Never Heard.
Here are the top 21 prison terms you've never heard (Just in case you find yourself serving a mandatory minimum)... read more
The NIA Connects Officials to Business Leaders
NIA Connects our Community
Either way, it was the moment we at the NIA had been looking forward to. The moment when the huge gap in this essential conversation was finally... read more
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