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Just Give 'Em a Little Jesus: Black Marriage Meets White Paternalism

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Simplistic cause-and-effect valorizations of "faith" without critical analysis of how organized religion can be complicit in structures of oppression that hinder black America are insidious.

Undoing Veto, Maryland Legislators Ease Ex-Felon Voting Rights

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.10.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

An estimated 44,000 ex-felons in Maryland will have an easier time regaining the right to vote after being released from prison, following the end of a heated fight between the state's governor and its legislature.

Kendrick Lamar, Truth Telling, The 13th Amendment, And America's Cognitive Dissonance Towards Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.24.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

First, let me say that Kendrick Lamar's performance is indeed worth of all the superlatives, but maybe that's not the point here. Maybe America's collective refusal to see the truth of mass incarceration is the real problem!?

UK Prison Reform a Step Toward Reducing Recidivism

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.11.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has offered a far-reaching proposal for improving what he describes as the "scandalous" failure of the English and Wel...

Jailing Kids? We Can Do Better

ACLU of Washington | Posted 01.29.2017 | Impact
ACLU of Washington

On any given day, more than 60,000 children are locked up in our nation's juvenile facilities. Whether it's an urban jail or a rural boot camp, the results are the same.

With Support, Opportunity Can Be the Cure for Prison Recidivism | Posted 01.13.2017 | Black Voices

When a person comes to CEO, it's typically just weeks or even days after their prison release. They are eager for change, but without strong community support and limited work experience and education, the barriers to success can be high. After all, their survival is at stake.

A new year, a second chance: How to reduce recidivism in America

Scott Johnson | Posted 12.23.2016 | Crime
Scott Johnson

People don't often think about prison during the holidays. As one year turns to the next, opportunity and second chances are more top-of-mind for mos...

"Escape" Shows Harsh Reality of Native American Youth - Best Student Film at LA SKINS FEST

Reiner Lomb | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
Reiner Lomb

Best Student Film Award winners at 2015 LA SKINS FEST. Left to right: Ute Mountain Ute Councilwoman Deanne House, film students: Tayanita Hatch, Des...

Awarding Grants for Prison Education

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.04.2016 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

While education programs for prisoners are often a hard pill to swallow for the average American who must pay for their own children to go to school, the research is clear: prison education is the most cost-effective crime control method that exists.

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 11.17.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 ineffective...

Prosecutors Are Uniquely Positioned to Drive Criminal Justice Reform

Cyrus Vance | Posted 10.20.2016 | 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 y...

Open Letter to the 6,000 Prisoners Coming Home

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.07.2016 | 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 09.17.2016 | 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 09.15.2016 | 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 08.21.2016 | 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 year, Pennsylvania jud...

Obama's Agenda to Give Prison Education a Second Chance

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.06.2016 | 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 08.05.2016 | 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 07.30.2016 | 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 07.27.2016 | 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."