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Longtime Frederick Native, Julie Magers has been involved in the criminal justice system for about 10 years. Having a family member having history of being involved in the system, and currently
serving 20 years for a non-violent crime, Julie has been a long time advocate. From society’s unawareness of the justice system, to majority of the incarcerated having addiction or a mental health issue, Julie wanted to do something about it. Incarceration not only affects the individual, but the family. Most family members won’t reach out for help, because they lack the resources.
Justice and Recovery was born; giving the community, the incarcerated and the family a voice. Justice and Recovery Advocates, Inc. supports the children and families of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders. While also providing re-entry services to returning citizens, support those currently incarcerated and advocate heavily for the needs of our constituency within the community, local government, legislation and governing entities.
Julies goal? To end the stigma, teach people to have empathy, getting the system to realize the way they are doing things is wrong and that they need to make meaningful changes.
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Justice and Recovery Advocates, Inc. is a collaborative statewide organization driven to provide assistance to children and families who have loved ones incarcerated and suffering from mental health and substance use disorders as well as providing assistance to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. We began this journey due to the serious need of support and advocacy for the well being of a population of our community that oftentimes gets overlooked, neglected and stigmatized. We are community members, constituents and family members with many years of personal advocacy both in criminal justice and the mental health and substance abuse fields. We are committed to bringing awareness to how incarceration, substance use disorder, mental illness, and current inadequate standards of care and treatment have a negative and devastating impact on our communities and families, how they are interrelated, and how we as the people can make changes that will break the cycle. With more than 30 years combined experience, our board and staff members have a strong compassion for people, for preserving our families and each of us has a strong commitment to creating real and positive change.
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