Scott Semple, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Correction, shares with great humility, transparency and emotion how the loss of his 15 year old son to cancer equipped him with the boldness to accept the position of Commissioner and take on the challenge of reforming Connecticut’s correctional facilities.
Together with Connecticut’s Governor, Semple visited prisons in Europe and witnessed “dignity, hope and humanity” in the system. He vowed to find a way to bring those qualities into the culture and operation of the Connecticut correctional system. In addition to sharing his heart for reform, Semple explains the six pillars he is instituting to complement Connecticut’s Second Chance Initiative. He also shares the reform journey that he and his staff have been on for the past few years, including a pilot project unlike any other prison experiment in the country. After 13 months, the results of the pilot are nothing short of extraordinary.
Click the link below to view a PDF of the slides used with Commissioner Semple’s presentation.