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Recidivism

The $5 Trillion Opportunity: Why I'm Joining YouthBuild

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
David M. Abromowitz

Not long ago, in a nondescript building in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., I was able to see a $5 trillion opportunity for America. I saw it in the faces of half a dozen young people whom society had given up on, but who hadn't given up on themselves.

No Holds Barred

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Gottschalk reminds us that racial disparities in the prison population remain breathtakingly high. Although she finds little evidence of overt bias and stereotyping in sentencing, she notes that "a little bias" -- in charges prosecutors decide to file and the plea bargains they accept -- can go a long way.

Reject the Status Quo to Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 12.20.2014 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

New York City faces a persistent conundrum: How can the city help homeless families out of shelters and into secure, stable housing--and prevent their return to the shelter system?

You're Young, You're Black, And You've Got No Future

Harriet McDonald | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.

What Ray Rice Needs

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.15.2014 | Crime
Andy Ostroy

Rage has no brain. Rage doesn't stop to think about consequences. Rage acts first and thinks later. It cannot be "treated" punitively.

Expanding Overcrowding and Financial Costs of Criminal Justice Systems Unites Global Prison Leaders

Neli Vazquez Rowland | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Neli Vazquez Rowland

The total costs of incarceration from causes to consequences are incalculable and rising. Without a comprehensive plan to address the structural causes of recidivism and incarceration, these costs will continue to rise and burden our economy.

Don't Call Me An 'Ex-Felon'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

Daryl Atkinson spent a little more than three years in jail, and in his ample time as a free man he has earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degr...

The One Percent

Joe Sestak | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Joe Sestak

Today, I am commemorating Armed Forces Day inside Pennsylvania's Graterford Penitentiary with the veterans our nation left behind. It's the 25th anni...

Almost Everyone In This Neighborhood Has Been To Jail

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

Welcome to Beecher Terrace, a housing project in Louisville, Kentucky where nearly everyone has been to jail or prison. "Prison State," the second ...

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

Bringing Rehabilitation Back to Prisons

Andrew Woodman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

One of the biggest issues with ex-convicts is that they are released and are in the exact same situation they were that led them to being locked up. They're marginalized by society and now carry the stigma of being incarcerated. A college degree won't change all of that, but it's a great start.

Joe Van Brussel

This Food Truck Serves Its Fare With A Side Of Hope For Young People

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Small Business

Three weeks ago, a new food truck joined the ranks of New York's mobile eateries. But instead of simply dishing out yet another novel culinary creatio...

GOP Pol: Educating Inmates Will Lead To A 'Breaking Bad' Situation

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

A New York State Assemblyman is warning against a bill that will make college courses available for inmates again, saying such rehabilitation efforts ...

'Ban the Box' Fair Hiring Policies Take Hold Around the Nation

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

Stable employment is a significant factor in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Yet, research shows that having a criminal record reduces job callbacks by 50 percent.

Perceptions Matter: A Roadmap to Reducing Crime

Greg Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Greg Berman

If individuals feel that they have been dealt with respectfully, and communicated with clearly, they are more likely to believe that legal institutions are legitimate and, in turn, more likely to comply with the law.

Ryan J. Reilly

'You Would've Been My Boys': Eric Holder Highlights Philly Reentry Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- It's Juan Sanchez's first day in reentry court. Indicted when President Bill Clinton was still in office, he was sentenced to 15 years...

The Price of Retribution

Bertha Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bertha Lewis

New York is the only state other than North Carolina to prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Of those that are sentenced to adult prison, 80 percent are black and Latino.

Can A Community Of Faith Decrease Recidivism?

Gina Ryder | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Gina Ryder

"We talk about something they lived out. It's not based on academic ideas," says Jed Brewer who is the program director for The Bridge service, which is where he hopes people have an authentic, free, positive experience. One major hindrance to that experience is the struggle for men and woman coming out of prison to believe that anyone wants them around.

A Job Can Help Stop Prison's Revolving Door

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

In California and around the country, the applications of otherwise qualified candidates are summarily tossed into the trash bin because of the box that requires applicants to disclose any prior offenses, even for arrests that are very old or minor.

Prisons and Social Enterprise: Getting Out and Staying Out

Tony Smith | Posted 11.27.2013 | New York
Tony Smith

August, 1972: The Vietnam War is raging. Stopped by two Marine MPs, I slowly drive past the 4-foot thick, concrete walls of the Portsmouth Naval Disc...

Kathleen Miles

What Happens When You Let 1,000 Inmates Out Early?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.12.2013 | Los Angeles

In less than 10 months, California has let 1,000 inmates out of prison early. Opponents said the releases would lead to an increase in crime, but a...

Robin Wilkey

California City Makes Landmark Move For Former Inmates On Job Hunt

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

Officials in Richmond, Calif., have approved an ordinance that forbids employers from requiring applicants to reveal their criminal histories at any p...

Graduation at Sing Sing State Prison

Peter J. Paris | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion
Peter J. Paris

Every commencement ceremony is a congratulatory event that marks the end of an educational process en route to some particular career. But there is one graduation that is different from all others. It takes place annually at the Sing Sing maximum security prison in Ossining, New York.

California's Recidivism Problem

Harriet McDonald | Posted 07.31.2013 | Los Angeles
Harriet McDonald

Two years after the United States Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its severely overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 inmates, the state is still trying to figure out how to comply.

Are You Certain That Your Divorce Is All Your Spouse's Fault?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If you can think of even one positive thing that ever occurred from blaming others, please continue doing so. We can't change others, but we can change the way in which we act and react. Maybe people would benefit from accepting responsibility, instead of blaming others.