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Prison Life: The View from Inside


Featured Speakers (Bios)
Karen Laird
Pam Behr


Course Information

Victim advocates will get a glimpse of what life is like inside a Department of Corrections state correctional institution.  Karen Laird and Pam Behr, from the PA Office of the Victim Advocate and special guests from the Department of Corrections will review the programs, goals, and daily experiences of prison life.  A former DOC inmate will also share their experience while serving a sentence with the DOC.

This training will give you some answers to the questions victims and their families ask regarding what defendants experience after conviction, when they enter the state prison system.  Questions are always welcome; please bring any you have with you to the training.


Registration closes Friday, March 21, 2014.  To register online click on the Register Now button at the top of this course description.  You can also download the registration form and mail or fax it to:

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI)
2929 Front Street
Harrisburg, PA  17110
Fax: (717) 231-3912

Payment must be received by PDAI prior to Friday, March 21, 2014 in order to ensure admittance to the course.  Checks must have the participant's name(s) on the front of the check or stub, along with agency, training name and date of training.  The registration fee for this one-day program is $25 per person and includes training materials.  Participants must purchase lunch, snacks, and beverages separately.


Please note that in order to receive a refund you must notify Lisabeth Capozzi, Victim Witness Training Coordinator, in writing no later than March 17, 2014.  Anyone who is a "no show" at the training will be charged for their registration fee.  It is the policy of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute that no training registration fees will be refunded to individuals after the advertised cancellation date.  Substitutions are always allowed.

Training Hours and Schedule

This course will provide approximately six and one-half training hours, which may be applied towards continuing training hours required each year as put forth in the PCCD Standards and the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJT&R).  Participants will receive a certificate of completion.  Training will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 4:30 p.m.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Overnight Accommodations

Attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and expenses. Please call The Hilton Garden Inn University Place directly at (412) 683-2040. To receive the rate of $125 you must reserve no later than February 26, 2014 and mention PDAI.  Parking is $18/day.


Four scholarships are available through grant funding provided by PCCD.  The recipients are selected based upon the application date and the number of scholarships previously awarded to that agency.  Click here for a Scholarship Application.

March 27th, 2014 9:00 AM   through   4:30 PM
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
America South, Central, North and Caribbean
Phone: 412-683-2040
Victim Service Topical $ 25.00
Funding Source
Type of Agency
Community Based
System Based
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