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 It is the story of endless journeys through failed policies and outdated norms.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 Lawson Washington

Roland Lawson 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 has etched her mark into Georgia politics, public service and philanthropy as nothing more than the most diligent of moms who will knock on any door and never settle for an easy answer to a complicated question.

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 Board

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

Barbara Ann Bush, MPS

Barbara Ann Bush, MPS

Advisory Board

Consultant to Community Ministries, Nonprofits, Governments and Public/Private Partnerships for comprehensive Human Services

Ron Coppock

Ron Coppock

Advisory Board

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

Kit Cummings

Kit Cummings

Advisory Board

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, J.D.

Janis Mann, J.D.

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

Tony Kitchens

Tony Kitchens

Advisory Board

Offender Community Reintegration expert; formerly with the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry, and one of the founding team members to launch the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative. A Charles W. Colson Scholar and architect of the Restorative Reentry / Reintegration Methodology

Sarah Lageson, Ph.D.

Sarah Lageson, Ph.D.

Advisory Board

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 Board

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 Board

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

Monalisa Johnson

Monalisa Johnson

Advisory Board

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”

LaTeekey D. Swift

LaTeekey D. Swift

Advisory Board

Impacted Mother and Spouse, and widely sought after Criminal Justice System Reformist, Speaker and Family Sustainability Advocate

Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.

Bobbie Ticknor, Ph.D.

Advisory Board

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

Judge Cynthia Wright

Judge Cynthia Wright

Advisory Board

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