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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.

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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...

Mother's Day at Your Local Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Christopher Zoukis

Regardless of how we feel about people who are in prison, children have a right to see, to touch, and to speak with their parents (obviously, provided doing so poses no risks for the child).

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Recidivism?

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.26.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

No. Or at least that is what the empirical evidence and research on this issue shows. But that doesn't mean we should not have them. The fact is that the registries don't really do anything to improve public safety.

The Troubling Way States Try To Predict Future Crimes

AP | By EILEEN SULLIVAN and RONNIE GREENE | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped t...

These Programs Are Helping Fix A Broken U.S. Prison System

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact

Most experts would argue the U.S. prison system is in need of change, and a number of programs are tackling this challenge in cities nationwide. A ...

Healing the Criminal Justice System

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

What we're doing isn't working, justice-wise, order-wise, sanity-wise. The state of Illinois is bankrupt and yet its jails are full to bursting, at a cost, per occupant, equal to or greater than the cost of luxury suites at its ritziest hotels.

Restore Pell Grants for Prisoners

SpearIt | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education

Unlike the devastating effects on prison education, the law's penal outcomes are less certain. There is little doubt that high recidivism rates across the country continue to impact public safety negatively with new offenses and new social harms.