Incarceration - Speaker INFo

During this workshop, we will hear from Jacqueline D. McLeod and Donna Hylton on how to care for those directly effected by incarceration (themselves and others) and how to be an advocate within the criminal justice system.

Jacqueline D McLeod is the Executive Director of Healing Communities Network (HCN), a prison re-entry program for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated that addresses issues of transitional trauma and successful re-integration into the community. The program empowers individuals to direct their own rehabilitation in support groups that build self-esteem and a sense of community. HCN is located in six New York State prisons – Green Haven, Queensboro, Wallkill, Edgecombe, Taconic and Bedford Hills and four local New York City communities – Manhattan (2), Bronx and Queens. Jacqueline previously worked for 20 years as a professional fundraiser for national, state and local organizations, such as The American Lung Association, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic and A Better Chance.  She has effectively developed and implemented programs to meet emerging community needs in health and education.  She has a Bachelor of Science/Nursing Education and a Masters of Public Health

Donna Hylton is a Community Health Advocate for the Coming Home Program of St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. Coming Home is a special transition case-management and support program designed specifically for people who have been incarcerated and are returning to the community. In her capacity, Donna identifies and addresses the needs of clients transitioning home from prison and jail. Donna is also an active member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system as it affects women, children and communities. Donna spent 27 years in prison where she was a key member of the Coalition’s “Violence Against Women Committee on the Inside.” She has participated in numerous panel discussions and public presentations, and has attended multiple lobby days with legislators in Albany since coming home. Donna is also an advocate with STEPS to End Family Violence, the state’s only Alternative-to-Incarceration program for survivors-defendants. Donna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and a Master of Arts degree in English from Mercy College. Donna is also an advisory committee member for CURE NY, a 2015 cohort for JustLeadershipUSA and advisory panel member for the New York Women's Bar Association's Women in Prison project.