About UsThe 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 CHANGEthe moment they receive THE CALL...
MONTHS PASSand the family realizes that the shock and trauma of incarceration has to be managed
because new questions now define their days.
YEARS PASSand the family now realizes that he might be coming home soon. Tears. Reflection. Preparation.
Of course you’re happy. But your worries continue anew.
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 It is the story of endless journeys through failed policies and outdated norms.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.
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.
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.
The NIA formula coaches a disruption of this pattern
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.
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
- Neighborhood-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion strategies and coordinated initiatives
- Assessment at Hearing and Sentencing for comprehensive case-managed rehabilitation
- Bail Bonding Reform to eliminate disproportionate impacts and erosion of presumption of innocence
- Automatic Record Restriction and Arrest Record Expungement when deemed safe and appropriate
- Corrections Facility Reform and the Elimination of Private Prison Contracts as currently structured
- Strong review of the need for Mandatory Minimums in that such undermines problem resolution
- Community-Centered Family Restorative Justice Centers with practical wrap-around services
- Reasonable Housing for All and Neighborhood Assimilation where screened to be appropriate
- Elimination of Voter Disenfranchisement in that such has no correlation to public safety
- Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Adjudicating Drug Addiction Behavior as Symptoms of Disease
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To help families navigate the journey of incarceration with positive outcomes, and to push innovations throughout justice systems to correct, rehabilitate, cure and restore, for greater public safety for all.
End the absurd economic and social cost of mass incarceration as we know it from the perspective of families and community.
Build models of resolution and rehabilitation to change mindsets and behavior for the better public interest and safety.
Help integrate the actions and assets of stakeholders in the pursuit of evidenced-based solutions to reach visible results.
DRIVEN BY CORE VALUES
The demonstration of respect and caring about the plight and circumstance of those whose lives and personal stories are different from others.
The focused pursuit of right, fairness, justice and innovation, without tiring, slowing down or conceding to difficulty.
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 WashingtonChief 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 BocciaPresident & 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.
Truth GrafSecretary & 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.
Rev. Ewell Hardman, M.Div.Board of Directors
Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, The Summit Counseling Center
Karen JamesBoard of Directors
Policy reform advocate with more than 33 years of federal government administration and human resources experience. An EEOC specialist that co-manages public affairs for the NIA.
Monikah KellyTreasurer & CFO
Treasurer & CFO, and a partner with DV Marshall & Associates, LLC., with more than 20 years of tax accounting and paralegal experience
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, LSOTPBoard of Directors
Social Worker, Family Sustainability Activist and Specialized Treatment Professional for the incarcerated
Jacqueline RankeBoard of Directors
Corporate supply chain expert with more than 20 years of senior project management-level E-Commerce, Import/Export, Strategic Sourcing and Contract Negotiating experience.
Ron CoppockAdvisory Council
President, International Sales & Global Marketing, Arris Group, Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate
Kit CummingsAdvisory Council
Activist, Conflict Mediator, Author, Founder &President of the Power of Peace Project (“POPP”)
Burrell Ellis, Esq.Advisory Council
Attorney and Systems Reform Activist. Former twice-elected CEO of one of the largest counties in the state of Georgia. Former President of County Executives of America, Southeast Region Director, of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Chair of NACo‘s Large Urban County Caucus
Susan Jacobs-MeadowsAdvisory Council
Director, Canine Cell Mates; Fulton County’s Jail Dogs Program
Monalisa JohnsonAdvisory 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”
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.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
Angela H. MarshallAdvisory Council
Former Adjunct Professor, Essex County Community College and Special Instructor of Rutgers University’s NJ STEP Program for Edna Mahan Correction Facility for Women, more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, workforce development, criminal justice programs management, community corrections and reentry.
Kathryn Rice, Ph.D.Advisory Council
Founder of Building Quality Communities, which specializes in community and economic development. Adjunct professor at Troy University.
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.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 WrightAdvisory Council
Law Partner with Boyd Collar Nolan & Tuggle, LLC, retired Chief Judge of Fulton County Superior Court
Roderick L. WyattAdvisory 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
Andrew Curtin, Digital Marketing Director
Karen James, Senior Special Projects Manager
Chris O'Neill, Special Projects Manager
Karen Scott, Special Projects Manager
Randy Carpenter, Chief Data & Technology Officer
Claudia Zimmermann, Resource Development Officer
Annala d' Diors, CPR Development Manager II
Alicia Teague, CPR Development Manager
Nicole Wiesen, CPR Development Manager
Linda Tettamant, Communications Director
Shay Ray, Special Projects Manager
Lisa Granger, Special Projects Assistant
Jeanne Ruud, Special Projects Assistant
Diane Spaar, Research Coordinator
Markieta Williams, Volunteer Actions Coordinator
Kathryn Major, CPR Case Coordinator
Abby Cook, Intern - Projects Assistant
Ellie Day, Executive Assistant
Regan King, Intern - Family Empowerment