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Prisoner Rehabilitation

John Oliver Ridicules America's Plan for Prisoner Re-Entry

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.11.2015 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Recently HBO's John Oliver did a terrific piece which exposed the reality of re-entry (re-entering society by prisoners) and pointed out that leaving prison can be just as bad as being in it.

Open Letter to Men and Women Returning Home in an Age of Reform

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.28.2015 | Books
Anthony Papa

The road following imprisonment is not an easy one. I know because I have walked it. When I was released 17 years ago from the living nightmare of imprisonment, I found that returning to the real world was both frightening and unbelievably difficult.

New Exhibit: Art From U.S. Prisons

Anthony Papa | Posted 07.31.2015 | Arts
Anthony Papa

A unique art exhibit is opening on August 1st on Governors Island that shows the art of imprisoned artists from around the U.S. The exhibit titled "Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prison" is a production of the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, an organization whose goals are to rehabilitate prisoners through the use of art.

Second Chances Vital to Criminal Justice Reform

Loretta Lynch | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

In order to truly make our communities safer, we must make sure that people who have served their time are able to fully and productively engage in our society -- whether through education or employment or some other constructive means.

States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

Stateline | Rebecca Beitsch | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Prison Reform in Maine State Prison

Michael Santos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Michael Santos

Political leaders like President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Rand Paul have been speaking in a unified voice on the need for prison reform. But prison and sentencing reform will require more than talk.

New Zealand Prisoners in the Information Age: NZ's Newest Prison Permits Inmates to Use Cell Phones, Computers, and Tablets

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In addition to such innovative, research-based housing, the prison industries program is robust. Serco has come to agreements with industrial partners Cabins To Go, PlaceMakers, and Envirowaste for inmate training.

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Overcoming The Worst Moment With Words

Jackson Taylor | Posted 09.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Jackson Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWarehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.

The Power Of Second Chances

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Timothy P. Silard

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).

Redemption And The War On Drugs

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Heather Ann Thompson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.

Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health

Tara Oakman | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Tara Oakman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpg"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?

WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends

Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.

6 Bizarre Prisons Around The World

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 10.14.2013 | Weird News

Steel bars, harsh wardens, cinderblock beds, overcrowded cells and disgusting food. These are the popularized images of jail and for many, their exper...

Prison Becomes An Incubator For Startups

Reuters | Posted 02.28.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - One by one, the entrepreneurs, clad in crisp blue jeans and armed with PowerPoint presentations, stood before a roomful of investors and t...

Arrested NY Moms Stay With Kids Instead Of Jail

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 10.07.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Rosalia Silva came to New York from Mexico with the promise of a good job, her small child in tow. Instead, she was forced into prostituti...

Recycling Waste, Rebuilding Lives: Eliminating Poverty Through the Clean Economy

Kabira Stokes | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Kabira Stokes

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe notion of job creation as a solution to poverty reduction is nothing new. But what if we could create jobs that are not only sustainable but also help to sustain our planet?

Truth About Prison Phones

Clarissa Ramon | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Clarissa Ramon

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAs it stands today, the phone system within state prisons and immigration detention centers exploits one of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. today.

Life After Death Row

Brad Rothschild | Posted 07.04.2012 | Crime
Brad Rothschild

Once released, exonerees rejoin a society that they aren't prepared for and don't know much about. Hardened by their years in jail, many find it difficult to re-connect with their families and jobs can be hard to come by.

Out Of Prison But Still Struggling

Posted 04.05.2012 | DC

By Anna Salinas Street Sense Freddie Smith was determined to stay free. Newly released from a prison sentence in D.C. in 2008, he had been in and ...

Staging Buddha

Lisa Harper Chang | Posted 05.29.2012 | Good News
Lisa Harper Chang

The actors were united by their profound life experiences, exploring art on view, acquiring theater and performance skills, and, most importantly, learning to trust each other and themselves.

Autobiography of Former Alcatraz Inmate Tells Interesting Story

Kate Kelly | Posted 01.02.2012 | Crime
Kate Kelly

Fifty-two years ago Robert Luke, Prisoner #118AZ, left Alcatraz for his first taste of life on the outside after more than a decade of trouble with the law.

Abolishing Juvenile Life Without Parole in California

Patricia Foulkrod | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Patricia Foulkrod

Over 2,500 prisoners are serving juvenile life without parole in America. They were convicted at age 15, 16, 17, 18 -- and they will die in prison regardless of how well they live their lives while incarcerated.

A Mother's Day Reminder

Grace Bauer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Grace Bauer

Of my 24 years as a mother, seven have been stained by the reminder of a loss that never ends. I am the mother of a young man in prison, one of 2.4 million sons and daughters behind bars.

Inmates And Landscapes

Doug Demeo | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Doug Demeo

Prison has its own distinct landscape. While not all prisoners have been liberated from obsessive thinking or chronic negativity, neither have many of us who are not "locked up."