GENEVIEVE RIMER and YEHUDAH PRYCE present Collateral Consequences and Smart De-Carceration:

Imagine your life without work, stable housing, the ability to vote or pursue higher education. As social workers, we pride ourselves on serving people that are vulnerable, oppressed, and those living in poverty. Sadly, many individuals returning home from incarceration are susceptible to these grim realities becoming their future. These “realities” are really a direct result of collateral consequences. Collateral consequences are limits and restrictions individuals face when returning home from incarceration. They prevent people from obtaining a certain sense of normalcy that others without a conviction can obtain. People returning home from incarceration face 46,000 collateral consequences. Have you ever wondered what someone’s journey through incarceration is like? Did you know that the carceral system perpetuates trauma? Have you ever considered the power of the language you use to describe someone with a criminal conviction? Drawing on social work principles and utilizing the power of storytelling, this workshop is designed to increase social work awareness of one of the 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work: Promote Smart De-Carceration Initiative. 

Genevieve Rimer received a bachelor of social work degree from CSU Los Angeles in 2009 and a Master of Social Work degree from CSU San Bernardino in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Southern California. Her focus is on creating virtual communities of practice for second chance employers in Los Angeles County.

Genevieve began her work in the field of social work as an intern providing case management services to women returning home from prison at a halfway house. Working with individuals post-incarceration became her passion and she continued serving these individuals in a variety of capacities. She worked as a manager for a state organization where she designed, implemented and managed a social service day reporting center that provides education, support and resources to individuals currently on state supervision. Her role as a consultant includes providing technical assistance, support, and training to workforce development professionals that are seeking to further their expertise in providing services to marginalized individuals.

Yehudah Pryce was arrested in 2002 at the age of 19 and sentenced to 24-years in prison for a non-violent robbery. He is currently on parole after being released from prison early in October of 2018. Since his time of release, he has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is in the last semester of his MSW program at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Yehudah is currently the Chair of the USC student interest group, Unchained Scholars; a psychotherapist intern at the Beit T’Shuvah residential addiction treatment center; and an ICMS program manager, providing services for community members in South Los Angeles who are experiencing chronic homelessness and high-acuity mental health challenges. He completed an Orthodox Jewish conversion program and considers faith an integral part of his social work.