About Us

The National Incarceration Association (NIA) was born from the personal story of its president and chief executive officer, Kate Boccia and her husband Frank. Their son Daniel spent years incarcerated in a medium security prison in Georgia. Daniel fell into an all-too-common spiral of drug addiction despite the best imaginable parenting efforts and an otherwise stable upper middle-class suburban Atlanta environment. Kate openly reflects on that moment of the night they first received “the call” alarming them that their child had been arrested. Her “journey” was suddenly the same as a growing quiet number of tens of millions of American families.

FAMILIES CHANGE

the moment they receive THE CALL...
Familie change

MONTHS PASS

and the family realizes that the shock and trauma of incarceration has to be managed
because new questions now define their days.
Months pass 2.20.19

YEARS PASS

and the family now realizes that he might be coming home soon. Tears. Reflection. Preparation.
Of course you’re happy. But your worries continue anew.
Years Pass - 2

The NIA exists to make INCACERATION = RESTORATION for all.

 

The family story of mass incarceration is in the center of every page of our American story. It is the story of endless journeys through failed policies and outdated norms.  It’s the story of unsettled work that we have capacity to fulfill.

OUR WORK

Public Awareness and Informed Empathy Campaigns

More than one-third of all American families are directly impacted by the continual consequences of having been incarcerated. Although unknowingly in most cases, the other two-thirds are at least indirectly impacted as taxpayers, business owners and neighbors. Effectively spreading this message is critical in narrowing public opinion gaps. It gives employers and policy makers permission to be more assertive with smarter ideas.

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Partner Asset Integration Projects and Initiatives

When the NIA launches or gets involved with any project or initiative, our aim is to demonstrate how partners can work together more effectively and in ways that advance common interests and yield measured results. 

Disruption Pattern

The NIA formula coaches a disruption of this pattern

Cohesive Formula

NIA coaches this kind of cohesive formula

Direct Constituent Services and Support Program

In the absence of systematic and comprehensive reforms to rehabilitate how offenders think and behave, this program is designed to intervene at the point of inmate and/or family outreach with a specific concern or problem. Each point of such sought-out intervention creates for the NIA a new Constituent Case File and an opportunity to help manage repair and personal development as well as facilitate resolutions.

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OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST

  1. Neighborhood-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion strategies and coordinated initiatives
  2. Assessment at Hearing and Sentencing for comprehensive case-managed rehabilitation
  3. Bail Bonding Reform to eliminate disproportionate impacts and erosion of presumption of innocence
  4. Automatic Record Restriction and Arrest Record Expungement when deemed safe and appropriate
  5. Corrections Facility Reform and the Elimination of Private Prison Contracts as currently structured
  6. Strong review of the need for Mandatory Minimums in that such undermines problem resolution
  7. Community-Centered Family Restorative Justice Centers with practical wrap-around services
  8. Reasonable Housing for All and Neighborhood Assimilation where screened to be appropriate
  9. Elimination of Voter Disenfranchisement in that such has no correlation to public safety
  10. Adjudicating Drug Addiction Behavior as Symptoms of Disease in epidemic crises

WE'RE ON A MISSION

GOAL 1

End the absurd economic and social cost of mass incarceration as we know it from the perspective of families and community.

GOAL 2

Build models of resolution and rehabilitation to change mindsets and behavior for the better public interest and safety.

GOAL 3

Help integrate the actions and assets of stakeholders in the pursuit of evidenced-based solutions to reach visible results.

DRIVEN BY CORE VALUES

EMPATHY

The demonstration of respect and caring about the plight and circumstance of those whose lives and personal stories are different from others.

DILIGENCE

The focused pursuit of right, fairness, justice and innovation, without tiring, slowing down or conceding to difficulty.

RESPONSIBILITY

The demonstration of steadfast loyalty to the NIA mission and the commitment to be transparent, accountable, ethical and professional in doing this work to change lives.

A PASSIONATE TEAM

Roland Washington

Roland Washington

Chief Operating Officer

He’s a public policy consultant and social innovator with more than 28 years of experience in building operational and management systems, and leading community interests in a number of social impact campaigns and initiatives.

Kate Boccia

Kate Boccia

President & CEO

Kate Boccia launched the NIA after creating Georgia’s first Citizen’s Advisory Panel for the Department of Corrections. With years of business development experience, she’s earned the reputation of never settling for a passive answer to a challenging problem.

Monikah Kelly

Monikah Kelly

Treasurer & CFO

Treasurer & CFO, and a partner with DV Marshall & Associates, LLC., with more than 20 years of tax accounting and paralegal experience

Truth Graf

Truth Graf

Secretary & Director of Public Relations

Secretary & Director of Public Relations, and an activist and advocate for social justice with more than 30 years of radio, television, film and print media.

Bobbie Battista

Bobbie Battista

Advisory Council

Director of Corporate Communications & Culture at Express Jet Airlines, Public Relations Executive and former CNN News Anchor

Ron Coppock

Ron Coppock

Advisory Council

President, International Sales & Global Marketing, Arris Group, Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate

Kit Cummings

Kit Cummings

Advisory Council

Activist, Conflict Mediator, Author, Founder &President of the Power of Peace Project (“POPP”)

Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.

Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.

Board of Directors

Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, The Summit Counseling Center

Janis Mann, Esq.

Janis Mann, Esq.

Board of Directors

Attorney at Law; founder of the Mann Law Group, former Georgia Public Defender, National and Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Member

Sona Nast, LCSW, LSOTP

Sona Nast, LCSW, LSOTP

Board of Directors

Social Worker, Family Sustainability Activist and Specialized Treatment Professional for the incarcerated

Sarah Lageson, Ph.D.

Sarah Lageson, Ph.D.

Advisory Council

Sociologist and Assistant Professor; Rutgers University-Newark School of Criminal Justice. Published researcher and grants recipient examining social and behavioral sciences; the criminal justice system, technology, inequality, crime data accuracy and “digital punishment”

Pamela Antoinette Larde, Ph.D.

Pamela Antoinette Larde, Ph.D.

Advisory Council

Tenured Associate Professor at Mercer University, Entrepreneur, Award-Winning Author, Certified Life Coach, Post-Traumatic Growth Expert, founder of Tandem Light Press and the Holistic Institute for Creative Life Change

Susan Jacobs-Meadows

Susan Jacobs-Meadows

Advisory Council

Director, Canine Cell Mates; Fulton County’s Jail Dogs Program

Monalisa Johnson

Monalisa Johnson

Advisory Council

Reform Advocate and Founder of Parents with Incarcerated Children, Inc., owner of Sierra Productions, an audio/video & production logistics company, featured star of the A&E Production “60 Days In”

Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.

Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.

Advisory Council

Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University whose instruction includes Seminar in Corrections, Classification of Criminal Behavior, Data Analysis, Criminological Theory, and Research Methods.

Arathi Venkatesh, Esq.

Arathi Venkatesh, Esq.

Advisory Council

Criminal Defense Attorney, Indigent Defense Lawyer, former Georgia Public Defender, Graduate Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy Program, former Georgia Innocence Project Advocate, Justice Reform Advocate

Judge Cynthia Wright

Judge Cynthia Wright

Advisory Council

Law Partner with Boyd Collar Nolan & Tuggle, LLC, retired Chief Judge of Fulton County Superior Court

Roderick L. Wyatt

Roderick L. Wyatt

Advisory Council

Human Resources and Workforce Development professional with over 15 years of progressive experience in Employee Relations, Employment Law, Public-Sector Agency Management, Workers Compensation, Recruitment/Selection/Training, HR Policy and Organizational Design