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Decreasing Recidivism

Don't Call Me An 'Ex-Felon'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Daryl Atkinson spent a little more than three years in jail, and in his ample time as a free man he has earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degr...

Joe Van Brussel

This Food Truck Serves Its Fare With A Side Of Hope For Young People

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Small Business

Three weeks ago, a new food truck joined the ranks of New York's mobile eateries. But instead of simply dishing out yet another novel culinary creatio...

Gov. Cuomo Announces State Funding for College Education in Prison

Anthony Papa | Posted 04.19.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

As someone who has received three college degrees while imprisoned I have to say that it's about time that college programs for prisoners are funded once again by NYS, thus expanding the existing privately funded one.

Can A Community Of Faith Decrease Recidivism?

Gina Ryder | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Gina Ryder

"We talk about something they lived out. It's not based on academic ideas," says Jed Brewer who is the program director for The Bridge service, which is where he hopes people have an authentic, free, positive experience. One major hindrance to that experience is the struggle for men and woman coming out of prison to believe that anyone wants them around.

The Courage to Change: How Prosecutors Can Lead on Public Safety

George Gascón | Posted 05.19.2013 | Los Angeles
George Gascón

From the Capitol to the courtrooms, prosecutors can chart a new path on public safety in California by championing at both local and state levels one of the biggest ways we can transform our justice system in this generation--sentencing reform.

Keeping People Out of Prison: Transitional Jobs as a Reentry Strategy

The National Transitional Jobs Network | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
The National Transitional Jobs Network

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe idea that by serving time one has paid his debt to society is ingrained in our social narrative, but it is not accurate. Once caught up in the tides of the criminal justice system, it is very difficult to escape.

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rob Schware | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.

Seeking Justice and Real Crime Prevention

David Chura | Posted 09.30.2012 | Crime
David Chura

Study after study has shown that the harsh treatment of young people locked up in our nation's jails has not only failed to reduce recidivism but has also created angrier, more bitter, more violent juvenile offenders.

Toward an Industry of Peace

Elena Quintana | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." That bill of goods can not even be faintly passed off with a straight face to today's schoolchildren.

Reducing Recidivism: The Challenge of Successful Prisoner Re-Entry

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Programs won't ever reduce recidivism to zero, but if we can reduce it and improve the lives of offenders and potential victims, we must.

Reducing Prison Overcrowding, Improving Justice and Preventing Crime

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.16.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prison is necessary. But there are many forms of punishment -- prison isn't our only option. Just as there are many forms of medicine to address illness, there also should be many forms of intervention to address the many forms criminal behavior.

Why We Can't Incarcerate Our Way Out of Crisis

Wes Moore | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Wes Moore

Innovative programs such as the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) have long proven that departing from the large, prison-like correctional institutions in favor of smaller, regionally dispersed facilities is quantifiably and qualitatively more effective.

Open Letter to Otisville: Was That a Prison or a College?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I would like to commend Federal Correction Institution Otisville in Otisville, N.Y. for the tremendous work they are doing educating their population on ways to advance the economic progress of our society.

The Optimum October Fight Against Recidivism [VIDEO]

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Of the 2.7 million people in our prison systems across America, 63 percent will return within three years. That's why my nonprofit has dedicated October to the fight against recidivism.

Finding the Path Back on Track

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. By that measure, our current approach to criminal justice may need a shrink -- and a new way of doing business.