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Bureau Of Prisons Seeks Software To Predict Post-Release Outcomes

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is hoping to find as-yet unrecognized patterns of adaptation and recidivism — which the agency terms “inmate r...

Fewer States Suspending Driver’s Licenses For Drug Convictions

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Since 2009, seven state legislatures have acted to remove themselves from a 1991 federal law that since 1994 has threatened to reduce federal highway ...

Nearly Half Of Prisoners Lack Access To Vocational Training

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.13.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis In the ongoing discussion of prison reform, mass incarceration and reducing recidivism, vocational programs are often overlooked...

Yoga and Meditation Improve Life Behind Bars and Beyond

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.15.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that within five years of release, 76 percent of prisoners released in the U.S. reof...

Vice Launches Apprentice Program For Former Inmates

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 12.08.2016 | Media

VICE has teamed up with the Center for Employment Opportunities to launch a six-month paid apprenticeship program for individuals with criminal record...

Community Involvement in Programs Boosts Chances For Successful Lives After Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis Twenty-five percent of the world's prison population is located in the United States, and most -- 98 percent -- of those incarc...

Youth Punished for Inability to Pay in Juvenile Justice System

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.03.2016 | Impact
Christopher Zoukis

Because minority youth were more likely to still owe for juvenile justice system costs and any required restitution payments after their cases were ended, the research found a direct link between court-ordered financial obligations and increased racial disparity.

Back to School Event Targets Growing Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.26.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

It's back to school across the U.S., which means it's time to fill out the lists of school supplies you're never quite sure your child really needs. This can mean an expensive influx of bills, but thankfully, a number of group have rallied to the aid of kids in need, which in turns helps quell the school-to-prison pipeline.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Gives At-Risk Students Better Odds

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

One of the most pressing issues with mass incarceration is the school-to-prison pipeline and the current education system. One of the most effective ways at reducing incarceration is ensuring that as many people as possible have access to quality education throughout their lives, beginning as early as possible.

Juvenile Records Create Major Hurdles, Says Study

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The United States has no national standard for how juvenile records are dealt with, and no states earned a five-star rating from the Juvenile Law Center, a national public interest law firm that ensures child welfare.

The Way Forward In Reentry

Loretta Lynch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

As community organizations team up across the country to reduce crime, expand opportunity, and revitalize our neighborhoods, it is increasingly clear that a crucial part of that work is helping people returning from our prisons and jails make a successful transition back home.

Former Youth Inmates Proof Juvenile Reforms Work

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.29.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Both Dao and Schultz advocate for justice reform because keeping teens locked up isn't the solution, nor is the branding of teen offenders, which can be detrimental to rehabilitation, and reduction of recidivism.

Mississippi prison graduates first class in theatrical arts

LaReeca Rucker | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
LaReeca Rucker

Upon entering the Marshall County Correctional Facility just outside Holly Springs, Mississippi, visitors were scanned, patted down and led through se...

The Global Search for Education: If You Teach Them They Will Grow

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.19.2017 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The radical success of incarcerated Americans in college education is symbolic. It should move leaders in education to rethink the way we look at col...

The Iliad is doing hard time and the inmates love it

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.20.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Maximum-security inmates at a New Jersey prison have been learning about the literary world with Rutgers University associate professor Emily Allen-Ho...

'Ban the Box' Movement Spreads Across America

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.14.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last November, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order to "ban the box" - the widely-hated part of a job application that allows federal...

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2017 | Impact
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

Former Inmate-Turned-Chef Returns to Jail to Teach Others His Craft

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.10.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Bramlett returns regularly to the correctional centre in Polkton, North Carolina, to teach the culinary skills he learned behind bars - skills that helped him leave prison with an eye on becoming the chef and restaurateur he is today.

The Time Is Now to Invest in Second Chances

Equal Justice Works | Posted 05.04.2017 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

We are a society committed to the principle of equal justice under the law and our system is based on the principle that the punishment should fit the...

From Behind Bars, Jon-Adrian Velazquez Works to 'Create Healthy Communities' to Reduce Gun Violence by Jessica Mindich

Jessica Mindich | Posted 04.22.2017 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

Someone dies from gun violence every 16 minutes in America. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT is a series of frank interviews with passionate men and w...

Why Rapid Rehousing May Be Increasing Family Homelessness

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 04.12.2017 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Tents cities are proliferating in Seattle and Los Angeles. Shelters are overflowing in Madison, Wisconsin, and Asheville, North Carolina. The mayo...

Criminal records create more than financial barriers to higher education

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 04.06.2017 | Education
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Data shows education to be one of the most effective ways to keep people out of prison or from returning to prison. Unfortunately, many college applic...

Report Documents U.S. Recidivism Rates for Federal Prisoners

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.25.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), an independent agency within the judicial branch which writes federal sentencing guidelines and studies federal...

International Megan's Law: America's Global Embarrassment

Tamara Rice Lave | Posted 03.22.2017 | Crime
Tamara Rice Lave

What sounds like a good law in a twenty-second sound bite sometimes turns out to be less clear when one digs below the surface. Such is the case with International Megan's Law, which President Obama recently signed into law.

Restorative Justice Curbs School-to-Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.22.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

As the school-to-prison pipeline system continues to be under scrutiny, schools in the Los Angeles area are working to reduce this, armed with mounting evidence that harsh punishment for small offenses at an early age does not reduce crime rates, but makes it more likely that offenders go to prison than to college.