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Bringing Rehabilitation Back to Prisons

Andrew Woodman | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

The Courage to Change: How Prosecutors Can Lead on Public Safety

George Gascón | Posted 05.19.2013 | Los Angeles
George Gascón

From the Capitol to the courtrooms, prosecutors can chart a new path on public safety in California by championing at both local and state levels one of the biggest ways we can transform our justice system in this generation--sentencing reform.

How Are Realignment Billions Being Spent?

Michael Santos | Posted 05.18.2013 | Crime
Michael Santos

There is a lot of controversy around The California Prisoner Realignment Bill, a legislative response to judicial decisions concerning health care in state prison.

The Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment, and Other Punitive Measures: What's the Point?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Unfortunately, rehabilitation (the adult word for "learning a lesson") is often not at the heart of criminal justice reform. In fact, the harshness of a punishment is frequently not determined by the possibility of recidivism, but rather by public opinion.

Inaugurate Hope

Baker Industries | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Baker Industries

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWe know that stable employment is an important predictor of reentry success and the best way to reduce recidivism. Yet people are being released every day with almost no chance of making it.

Toys for Tots for Homeboys (and Homegirls) for Christmas

Bob Harris | Posted 03.01.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Jesse is telling me about himself in an upstairs meeting room at Homeboy Industries, a charity that helps former gang members to become productive members of their families and communities.

Top Cop Tweets Warnings About Felons Despite Their Release From Prison

www.dnainfo.com | Posted 12.20.2012 | New York

CARROLL GARDENS — An  NYPD commander is using Twitter to distribute the names and mugshots of convicts recently returned to his neighborhood after ...

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rob Schware | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.

A New Low in D.C. Politics

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.10.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

While many employers can agree on the justice objective of hiring returning citizens generally, the legislative specifics are very important to avoid the kinds of problems that Marion Barry's proposed legislation on ex-offenders presented.

Bennet Greenwald: Second Chance Chairman Making a Difference and Measuring Results

Tony Phillips | Posted 12.06.2012 | Impact
Tony Phillips

Greenwald believes that the involvement of so many successful professionals on the Second Chance Board reflects their common commitment to helping others find it within themselves to get up and go to work, and to providing them a chance to do just that.

Can't Wait to Go Back to Prison!

Ryan Mack | Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Last week I had the opportunity to visit an organization who is also well beyond merely talking about the problems of mass incarceration: the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.