Just Detention International, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Mental Health, Crime & Law

Location: 3325 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 340 Los Angeles CA 90010 USA

Mission: Just Detention International (JDI) is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual violence in all forms of detention. JDI has three core goals: to hold government officials accountable for prisoner rape; to promote public attitudes that value the health and safety of people behind bars; and to ensure that those who have survived sexual abuse get the help they need.
Programs: JDI is the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to ending sexual abuse in detention. Working with prisoner rape survivors, legislators, and other advocates, JDI helped secure passage of the U.S. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 and worked to develop related state laws in California and Texas. Since then, JDI has played a key role in the implementation of these laws. JDI provides expert analysis, first-hand survivor accounts, training, and technical assistance to policymakers, corrections officials, and advocates nationwide. JDI works closely with state and county corrections systems to help them implement national standards addressing sexual abuse behind bars, developed under PREA. JDI also mobilizes allied organizations to combat sexual abuse in detention and trains community-based service providers to address the needs of prisoner rape survivors. In particular, JDI works with rape crisis centers, helping them develop partnerships with prisons and jails to ensure that survivors of abuse get the care they need in the aftermath of an assault. In all of its work, JDI ensures that survivors and their experiences play a central role in the development of public policy.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I are proud monthly donors to Just Detention International for so many reasons. Fighting for the rights of imprisoned women and men is cruical & often misunderstood work. JDI gives these victims a voice and the power to help affect real change. I have been profoundly moved by their tireless efforts to help others understand the devastating effects of prisoner assault. They empower the victims of this type of violence not only survive but to thrive. I could not be more proud of the work that JDI does every day on behalf of victims and their families. We are honored to donate to JDI.

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This is a great organization that serves a group of people that are often ignored, marginalized, and discarded in our society. There is an apocryphal quote by Dostoyevsky that says, "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." If that is true, America is in terrible shape, but with the work of JDI, that is hopefully starting to change, bit by bit. By working to make prisons more humane, they ultimately working to make our society more humane.

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My wife is a survivor of prisoner rape. Even though we had been married for almost 20 years at the time she was raped, because of her fears of retaliation and punishment, she didn't dare say anything. Jan served 18 months in Michigan during which time she was repeatedly raped. Not once, not twice, but several times a week for over 6 months. But she was too afraid to say anything. Not even to me - no one. When it finally became known, she testified at a criminal trial and her rapist was convicted and he was sent to prison. One day Jan was doing an internet search on prisoner rape, to see if she could find anything to help her, and she located an organization called Stop Prisoner Rape (now called Just Detention International). She called them and after talking to them, she received a packet of information. It contained so much info - where she could go for counseling, different types of support, etc. And there was a note included. I was totally amazed that there was anything like JDI out there. I know I was even more shocked that JDI took phone calls from someone they didn't know and would talk to her and try to help. Whether she was looking for an answer to something, could she find something, etc. She was on the road to recovery, stronger than ever, and it was because she was drawing on the strength she received from JDI. JDI has used our story (due to the fact that we have been married for so long, we are kind of unusual), we share our story, and worked at helping get PREA signed and doing whatever we could to spread the word about prisoner rape. JDI has given us both the platform to do this. Jan has become a very strong advocate for prisoner rape, and I am proud of her; but I truly believe that she would not be as strong an advocate if it were not for JDI. Everyone at JDI are completely wonderful, understanding, caring and loving people; and I thank them everyday for the fine work they do.

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Seeing the strength they have passed on to all of their members, the people they help. They have helped me understand this horrific crime in a way I know would not be possible without them.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To not be afraid to talk about what happened.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was abused while in prison and these people were very helpful in trying to expose the predator after I was released. I was surprised at how dedicated and genuinely helpful and professional the people at Just Detention were and how good they made me feel about not blaming myself for what happened. They even followed up and wrote to the warden and tried to get those responsible to be held accountable for what they did. They made me realize that I wasn't the only one who this type of thing happened to and it wasn't part of my punishment. I applaud their work and wish I could do more to help THEM now that I am free.

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2012

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Not only is jDI a fierce advocate for abused prisoners and a considerable force in stopping the atrocities of sexual abuse in prison, JDI staff and directors are compassionate and genuine when dealing with survivors of abuse (something I've seen in person). It is rare to find such a combination of traits and skills in one small organization. They are doing outstanding and essential work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with a lot of different charitable organizations doing different kinds of work, but I've never found one where my dollar or my hour goes farther than it does with JDI. On a lean budget, with a dedicated, smart, strategic staff, JDI is making a huge difference fighting one of the biggest human rights problems in the U.S. Over 216,600 people are sexually abused in American detention facilities every year, and JDI is forcing the government to do something about it. I think it's reasonable to hope that number may be cut in half in the coming years, or even more--and if it is, it'll be mostly because of JDI's work. It's an extraordinary accomplishment, fighting a problem most organizations won't touch, and one that most people have thought intractable. And it's all the more extraordinary when you consider how much JDI has done with such a small budget, in just a few years.

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I've seen JDI change crucial laws. I've seen JDI completely win over a range of unlikely allies in its cause--politicians from both parties, corrections officials who used to deny the problem, etc.--because it's reputation for accuracy and honesty in all its statements is so sterling, because the case it makes is so completely persuasive, and because of the passion and intelligence of its staff. I've also seen the enormous difference JDI has made in the lives of countless survivors of sexual abuse.

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The problem of sexual abuse in detention is so enormous, not only in the U.S. but around the world--what JDI needs is just to grow. JDI's executive director told me recently that the organization could triple in size and not miss a beat. Sexual abuse in detention devastates people's lives, and no other organization in the world makes this crisis its focus. JDI needs to increase its capacity, to be able to do more good.

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I was forced by a police officer to perform sexual acts with another inmate. I was illegaly detained without a cause and also no drugs were found on me nor was I doing anything illegal. Nobody wanted to proceed to charge this officer of the law with any charges. Untill the Philadelphia inquire found out about my story and dug deep into L&I and found all kinds of errors that were made and even found a witness to come forward to tell what this
police officer did to me. Well it made the front page news and they could not sweep it under the rug no more! The police officer was then prosicuted and then fired for his actions. He appealed it and lost. I fought for years and it payed off! I was then contacted by just detention and they helped me through the hurdles by supporting me and showing me that I should be proud of who I am and I met others who were abused by the justice center. I am so grateful for all the wonderful things Just Detention and Stop Prisoner Rape has done for me and all the others! They are the voice that we need and love. Without them I wouldn't be the strong woman I became. Thank you for helping me obtain my confidence back and showing me the way.

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So many positive ways came out of my meeting with Just Detention in La california and Washington DC. We were abke to meet with congress and present our views and opinions to prevent this injustice from happening to others. ty

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I wish I could meet with them more and would love to start a support system in Philadelhia so I can be an advocate for all people who feel alone and confused.

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Hey Christine,

Really glad to hear from you. It has been quit a while since we communicated. Of coarse I will add to the accolades. first I would like to say a personal thank you to you and your team. So THANK YOU !



I was raped. due to an ongoing civil matter I am unable to give allot of details. but what I can say is this;

My name is Michael Joseph Booth.

I was housed in a particular CA. prison.

I am an openly gay man.

I was raped.

The emotional and spiritual defeat that I experienced afterwards was to much for me. I had a complete mental brake down. As I slowly started to regain an idea of reality I made contact with Christine at J.D.I. She held my hand thru the mail. At some point she put me in contact with a S.A.R.T. representative. I am now a very strong willed physically powerful man. It is my opinion that this complete rebuild of the person that is Michael Booth would not have happened if were not for Christine's belief in me. The emotional and spiritual support that I was given, gave me strength. Even now almost two years later J.D.I. and I are still in contact.

For those of you that read this that may be in the shoes that wore two years ago. Know this, Christine and Derek and the rest of J.D.I. will believe you when no one else will, and that is the most powerful support that people like me need.

There were many other things that they helped me with such as very good advice. some other little thing as well. The truth is that all would have came in its own time. The belief in me only came by way of a very few, and the first was Christine.

THANK YOU

CHRISTINE

DEREK

J.D.I.



SIGNED


MICHAEL JOSEPH BOOTH

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In my personal life. This organization has helped me compleatly rebuild my life.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The value of the PREA program to the prison population is more than obvious. What needs to be acknowledged is how fantastic, positive, professional, and dedicated Ms. Linda McFarlane and Ms. Christine Kregg were during our work. The made the process of bringing the program to CIW uncomplicated and a pleasure. They were knowlegable about the subject matter. Both were available to answer any questions. They were also helpful throughout the program development process. Ms. McFarlane and Ms. Kregg defintely would get credit for success of the PREA program at CIW.

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Rating: 5 stars  

JDI is an non-profit organization who's work in the area of sexual violence in prisons is invaluable. Oregon Department of Corrections has been blessed with the opportunity to work with Lovisa Stannow and Linda McFarlane . The knowledge shared with our staff and the inmate population helped us develop a Prison Rape Elimination Act PREA policy. We hope to work with JDI for many years to come as ODOC implements the PREA Standards.

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policy development and grant applications.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to bring the organization to Oregon more.

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