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It's Not Your Inmates It's Your Staff

Allison McNulla | Posted 08.25.2016 | Impact
Allison McNulla

What should the focus of rehabilitation in prison be in order to reduce recidivism rates? Should correctional institutions focus their efforts on prog...

US Attorney's Office On Earning Freedom And Reentry

Michael Santos | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Michael Santos

The US Attorney's One Community Guam" and "One Community CNMI" Conferences show that if we can build safer communities when we tap into every resource, even using the formerly incarcerated.

The Return: A New Documentary Film Captures the Joy and Pain of Prisoner Reentry

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
The Vera Institute of Justice

For many of us, this documentary film, which premieres tonight on PBS, hits close to home. The stories of rocky recovery and tenuous returning loved ones are familiar; our own families' highs and lows echo though every scene.

We Must Ban the Box in Higher Education

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Rev. Vivian Nixon

When you are released from prison, the last thing you want to do is spend the rest of your life reliving the mistakes that put you away in the first place. I should know: when I got out of prison in 2001, I wanted nothing more than to go back to school, earn my degree, and get a job that would turn my life around.

To Aid Successful Re-entry, New York Must Expand Prison Work Release Programs

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 05.11.2016 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

In designating a National Reentry Week, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has cast a light on an often over-looked aspect of the increasingly mainst...

Children Deserve Better from Florida's Justice System

Cassandra Capobianco | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Cassandra Capobianco

I remember being eight years old and looking at my (not-so-nice but very "grown-up") babysitter, who was 12 years old, thinking, "When I am 12, I will...

How Planting Trees Helped An Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact

Life is looking up for Michael Samuels: Since his 2010 release from prison, he has completed parole, moved from Washington D.C. to North Carolina to b...

Expanding the Role of Public Defenders in Reentry: Improving Public Safety, Protecting the Rights of Formerly Incarcerated People

Ernie Lewis | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Ernie Lewis

Public defenders can and do play a critical role in helping people transitioning back to the community, when provided the opportunity and funding to do so.

How Housing Improves Public Safety

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

At first glance, the connection between improving public safety and ensuring a person leaving jail or prison has fair access to housing may not seem o...

No Person Should Have More Care in Prison Than in Freedom

Larry Schooler | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

We run from that which makes us uncomfortable, and those convicted of crime can easily give us that feeling. In the case of Darryl Hunt, I plan to sit with this discomfort and ask myself what care a free person deserves--no matter their past.

Freedom. Now What?

Adele Bertei | Posted 03.10.2016 | Impact
Adele Bertei

I recently had the honor of meeting with Susan Burton in Los Angeles. Susan, who spent 20 years of her life incarcerated, has become one of the great leaders of the social justice movement in America.

A New Direction for Juveniles Serving Life Sentences

The Heller School | Posted 02.12.2017 | Crime
The Heller School

Thousands of individuals who were subjected to harsh penalties as children now have the possibility of release. The question now remains of what their future entails.

Son's Mental Illness Leads to Life of Advocacy

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 01.20.2017 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Our youngest son, David, became ill at 16. He started having psychotic episodes, was hospitalized, and could no longer attend high school, so we quit our jobs and moved back to Montana from California, where we were living at the time. We thought we could give him a more stable life there.

The Formally Incarcerated Should Not Be Left Out of Daily American Life

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Demonizing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals permitted us to leave them out of daily American life. Even worse -- we excluded them from conversations about their own fates and continued to punish them with collateral consequences, long after they had served their time. In America, every sentence is a life sentence.

Returning from Prison and Doing a 180

Project Return | Posted 11.10.2016 | Impact
Project Return

We all know a 180 when we see one. Those transformations that literally mean going in the opposite direction, that figuratively mean you have turned your life around. From night to day, from a season of decline to a season of hope and opportunity.

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Beyond the Prison Gates?

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.04.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In this day and age predictive crime is what criminal justice is all about. We sentence criminals to a term of imprisonment, which is often mixed with a term of supervised release or parole, to a degree designed to adequately punish them for their misdeeds.

HUD Reentry-Reintegration Housing Guidance

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Today, we are delighted to see the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development take a big step toward meeting our call for fairness.

Ending the Racial Caste System Through Reentry Reform

Dorsey Nunn | Posted 09.29.2016 | Black Voices
Dorsey Nunn

Reentry is not just a criminal justice issue: it is an economic and moral imperative. The population of people with prior records represents too great a wave of human potential to leave behind.

Reentry Supportive Housing Gaining Traction

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.18.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear housing that benefits from government funding cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.

"Second" Chance .... But Who's Counting?

Project Return | Posted 08.09.2016 | Impact
Project Return

The hard fact is, some people commit multiple crimes and serve more than one sentence, before getting it right. Aren't they just as human as the rest of us? How rare it is for humans to make a mistake only once.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

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."

Reversing Injustices of Mass Incarceration: It Takes a Village

Michael Santos | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Michael Santos

Our nation's commitment to mass incarceration began decades ago. In the early 1970s, America's prison population levels approximated the per-capita levels of other civilized countries.

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.

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.