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A Second Chance

Leslie Herod | Posted 11.11.2015 | Denver
Leslie Herod

People who have paid their debt to society this week got a significant opportunity and a second chance at putting their lives back together. Recently,...

Recidivism Rates Don't Snitch on Repeat Offenders

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.18.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

I would say in not passing the Criminal Justice Commission Act before other reform bills like the Sentence Reform and Corrections Act, we put the cart before the horse but, since we are releasing thousands of people from federal prisons right now, the horse isn't around anymore.

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.

The Role of Sport in Addressing Youth Violence

Edwin Moses | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

There are plenty of programs and national initiatives that have proven to be successful in preventing youth from engaging in criminal behavior. However, the U.S. lacks enough programs that reduce recidivism amongst youth.

Here's Proof Mass Incarceration Doesn't Reduce Crime

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S.’s crime and incarceration rates fell together, proving that ramping up the prison population is ineffe...

Prosecutors Are Uniquely Positioned to Drive Criminal Justice Reform

Cyrus Vance | Posted 10.20.2015 | Crime
Cyrus Vance

Beyond the oath of zealous representation, prosecutors take a separate oath to do justice. Their "client" is not an individual, or even a person. It is fairness. Prosecutors are stewards of the integrity of the system, and must be held accountable as such.

One-Third Of This Company's Workers Have Criminal Backgrounds

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact

When an offender is released from prison, many factors play into their risk of returning, perhaps none greater than their ability to find a job. And ...

Open Letter to the 6,000 Prisoners Coming Home

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Anthony Papa

For those 6,000 who will soon be released, I want to share with you my story of being released from prison when I received executive clemency after serving 12 years. I hope it will give you some insight on what to expect.

Georgia Man on the Road to Recovery After Four Decades

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Before my recovery, I was all of those horrible, scary things that you hear about regarding mental illness and addiction. I was that in spades, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Are Sexually Violent Predators Dangerous Enough?

Tamara Rice Lave | Posted 09.15.2015 | Crime
Tamara Rice Lave

On June 15, U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank struck down Minnesota's law allowing for the civil commitment of so-called sexually violent predators. SVP laws allow a person to be locked away indefinitely after he has completed his maximum prison sentence.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

Pennsylvania Wants To Use Science In Criminal Sentencing

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.11.2015 | Crime

It's not quite "Minority Report," but Pennsylvania is looking to the future in its criminal sentencing policy. As early as next ye...

Obama's Agenda to Give Prison Education a Second Chance

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Obama's prison reform agenda is pushing on towards the possibility of achieving another milestone for the reduction of recidivism in this country.

Torture and the Psychologists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Even if torture works, it's a really, really bad idea. That anyone does it is appalling. That American psychologists participate in and endorse torture is outrageous. The APA and its adherents lose any semblance of credibility.

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.

Making a Change: Bishop T.D. Jakes' 10-year Initiative for Re-entry

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

"They don't judge you. The program offers you a feeling of hope. The program taught me what it meant to forgive. If you want people to bless you and move forward despite your past, you have to learn to do that for others."

Ex-Cons Pick Up Inmates On 1st Day Out To Help Them Transition Into New Life

The New York Times Magazine | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact

Two men were sitting in a parked car, waiting to pick someone up. Carlos Cervantes was in the driver’s seat. He was 30, with glassy green eyes &...

Catching the Dream of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe -- A Glimmer of Hope in a Native 'National Emergency'

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) is one of three tribes that comprise the Ute Nation and one of 566 federally recognized tribes that are dealing with this national crisis. For more than 2,000 years, the people of the Ute Nation have lived in Colorado, Utah, and Northern Arizona.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

The Blind Side Actor Takes on the Harsh Realities of Life After Prison in New Film Halfway

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

I recently chatted with Halfway producer Jonny Paterson about the movie, the important social issues it seeks to address, and his work on the film.

The Reformed Prisoner That's Paying It Forward to Current Inmates

NationSwell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact

We all struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. But few of us struggle for as long or as painfully as Raul Baez, the founder of WITO, Inc.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With The SEC's Aid To Wall Street Lawbreakers | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White on Tuesday, criticizing White's ...

From Prison to College: Here's Why Education Matters

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Before we all went to college, we went to prison. In that unlikely place, we began our educational journeys. We discussed books while walking the prison yard -- sharpening our minds, and in the process, more deeply understanding ourselves.

WATCH LIVE: Ending Mass Incarceration in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world.

A Key To Preventing Recidivism May Be Spreading Ex-Prisoners Among Different Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact

The U.S. has spent an unprecedented amount on incarceration and rehabilitative programs over the past decade, yet the rate of prisoners returning to j...