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Roach Brown has over twenty-five years of experience as a Jail House lawyer.  He received a Presidential Commutation from a life sentence.  He has assisted in drafting legislation, drafted and filed legal motions and petitions to local and US Federal Courts and US Court of Appeals.  Roach has provided legal strategy and directives on all aspects of criminal justice matters.  Although not an attorney, Roach's more than twenty five years of successful practical, first hand knowledge and experience as an authority on criminal justice matters, has made him a sought after consultant.

Consultant Services:

  • Pre and Post Release Strategy (arrest, convictions etc)
  • Alternatives to Incarceration Sentencing Plans
  • Post Convictions Relief (petitions and motions)
  • Institutional Pre and Post Release Programs
  • Re-Entry Services and Programs
  • Detainers and Inner State Compact Agreements

Provide Legal Direction and Assistance on:

  • US Federal Parole Commission's Laws and Regulations
  • US Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • Presidential Pardons and Commutations
  • DC Board of Parole Laws and Regulations
  • Prisoner Rights and Administrative Remedy Procedures
  • Eight Ways To Get Out Of Prison Without Escaping
  • How To Reduce Time Spent In Prison
Institutional Programs:
  • Develop Institutional Theater Programs
Program designed to awaken the creative energies, train inmates in the basic fundamentals of theatrical production culminating in an original performance written and produced by inmates. 
This program is designed to equip the inmate with tools to reduce conflicts, how to utilize their time productively, improve communication and reduce conflicts between inmates to inmates and inmates to staff, reduce disciplinary incidents among program participants.  DTRM is appropriate for adults, juveniles, male and female....coping with incarceration....preparing for re-entry 
    A & O (Admissions and Orientation)
This program shows 18 ways to do time "trouble free".  Ideal for all new inmate arrivals, reduce confrontations, minimize potential conflicts and hostility, eliminate negative encounters for the inmate and his family.  This is a required and vital supplement to the institution's already scheduled "A & O" program....coping with incarceration
  • Back To The Future
This program lessens the cultural shock of returning inmates to a highly technological society, to sensitize and equip them with information and a support system to expand their perceptions of post release shock syndrome   (cultural, social, technological, psychological)....preparing for re-entry
  • RARE - Reduce Anger and Rage Everyday 
10 week anger management program designed and facilitated by inmates to reduce anger constructively and productively.
Mentoring program to reduce tension and conflict, improve inter-generational communications between younger and older inmates.  REACH OUT will address  the cultural conflicts and tension between hispanic and minority inmates, and improve cultural communications and relations.

Re-Entry Program:

Offender's Anonymous
Offenders Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths and hopes with one another, in an effort to solve their common problems and help each other recover from repetition of criminal activity and the reasons behind it.  The purpose of Offender’s Anonymous is to reduce the fears and anxieties of prolonged incarceration upon re-entry into society. 
All of the above programs are available in ENGLISH and SPANISH.


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Washington Post Article:  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Washington Post Article: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

The Washington Post

March 18, 2016

Memorial service to be held for celebrated, controversial Frances Cress Welsing.
Psychiatrist and author Frances Cress Welsing was known for her controversial views on race. (Elvert Barnes/elvertbarnes.com)
By Hamil R. Harris March 17 at 10:32 PM  
When family members, friends, and colleagues of Frances Cress Welsing began planning a memorial service for the psychiatrist and author who devoted her life to studying racism and its root causes, they knew they would have a tall order trying to capture her impact.

She was both celebrated and controversial, but never wavering in her belief that the persistent struggles of people of color were the results of the racism they had endured. Welsing died Jan. 2, a few hours after suffering a stroke. She was 80.
Welsing provided psychiatric services to D.C. government agencies and institutions for 27 years. She also maintained a private practice in the District beginning in 1967, counseling patients until days before her death.
Several of those she helped, such as motivational speaker and radio host Roach Brown, say they owe her their lives.
In 1965, Brown was a 21-year-old inmate at the D.C. Department of Correction’s prison in Lorton, Va. A year earlier, he and two other men had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a “local fence in a dispute over the price of hot jewelry,” Brown said.

[The price of redemption]

No weapon was ever recovered, and Brown, now 72, has always maintained that he was not the triggerman.
Welsing testified during his trial that his actions were consistent with someone whose environment had led to mental-health problems.
“They ended up giving me life in prison because Dr. Welsing spoke up on my behalf,” said Brown, who went on to start the prison theatrical group Inner Voices. “She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
Brown, who had his sentenced commuted in 1975, will be among those in attendance at the memorial service for Welsing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan AME Church in the District. “Dr. Welsing turned me and other guys around,” Brown said. “She was our Harriet Tubman to get out of mental slavery.”

Welsing first gained notoriety in 1969 after she wrote an essay, “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” In it she theorized that racism was rooted in the varying degrees of melanin and the “color inferiority” of white people. She argued that the lack of melanin led white people to develop “hostility and aggression” toward people darker than themselves.
 “She had a theory about race and why white people do what they do and I dealt with the what,” said Neely Fuller, author of “The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a textbook/workbook for thought speech and/or action for victims of racism (white supremacy).”

In her 1991 book, “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” Welsing again looked at the origins of white supremacy and its impact. She wrote that “black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves and each other.”

[Welsing’s work provokes different reactions]

“Dr. Welsing’s major contribution as it relates to black mental health was that she had the capacity to challenge the dominant prevailing thought of our society and she gave it the name global white supremacy,” said Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and former director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, said Welsing drew heavy criticism for her views, which she expected. She frequently engaged her detractors.

In 1974, she and Stanford University physicist William Shockley, who had argued that blacks were genetically inferior to whites, engaged in debate on the syndicated television show “Tony Brown’s Journal.”
Welsing was born in Chicago in 1935.Her father, Henry N. Cress was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a school teacher, and there were high expectations.
“We were taught that we were special,” said Welsing’s older sister, Lorne Cress-Love. “We were encouraged to read and discuss all types of issues.”

Cress-Love said their father and their grandfather, who also was a physician, were passionate about fighting for equality. “My father told us that our grandfather spent more time fighting for the race than practicing medicine.”
In 1957, Welsing earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and in 1962 she earned a medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. After graduation, Welsing completed a residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. From 1968 to 1975, she taught in the pediatric department of Howard University’s Medical School.
Roach Brown
Motivational Speaker/Criminal Justice Consultant
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