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Juvenile Hall Is No Place for Kids

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.31.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

The rundown building is surrounded by barbed wire. Inside, kids sleep in narrow locked cells, no different from what you'd find in an adult jail. They are subjected to strip searches and attend an hour or two of "school" in a crowded room filled with a random selection of books.

Arrested NY Moms Stay With Kids Instead Of Jail

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 10.07.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Rosalia Silva came to New York from Mexico with the promise of a good job, her small child in tow. Instead, she was forced into prostituti...

Truth About Prison Phones

Clarissa Ramon | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Clarissa Ramon

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAs it stands today, the phone system within state prisons and immigration detention centers exploits one of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. today.

Politicians Ignore Failed 'War on Drugs' at Their (and Our) Peril

Leonard Frieling | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Leonard Frieling

Opposing the war on drugs is often portrayed as a liberal issue. But it is also a conservative issue for anyone who champions classic "republican" values.

Giving Prisoners a Second Chance Means Removing the Barriers to Reentry

Shon Hopwood | Posted 10.20.2012 | Crime
Shon Hopwood

Every year state and federal prisons release more than 650,000 people, a population equal to that of Seattle or Boston. Rather than providing the means for a successful transition, many states and the federal government hurl prisoners out into the world with little or no support.

Goldman Sachs Is Investing In Rikers Island

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ and KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs will invest almost $10 million in a city jail program that will produce profits for the investment firm if recidivism r...

Attention: Employer Seeking Felons?!

Stateimpact.npr.org | Joe Wertz | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact

Hiring former inmates isn’t a priority, or an option, for many Oklahoma business owners. But Lonnie Hunt says felons are often better workers than t...

Georgia Takes the Lead in Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 09.04.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

This past Sunday, the state of Georgia took a bold step in reforming its criminal justice system. The state implemented a package of new laws establishing alternatives to incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenders.

In Our Toxic Prison System, Is There Room for Hope?

David Chura | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime
David Chura

I didn't expect my talk to a class of criminal justice majors at a local community college to be any different from the other workshops, presentations and classes I'd done.

RExO Grants: Reduce Recidivism and Build Lives

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

We know -- historically -- that young people face challenges finding that first job opportunity. For those with juvenile records, the challenges of entering the workforce can be especially great.

Trymaine Lee

Times Of Trouble: Ex-Offenders Struggle To Escape Past Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 06.10.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- As Rudy Holder walked down East Harlem's main drag, everyone seemed to remember him. One man after another greeted him with a handshake or...

L.A. Riots: A Rose Grows Through Concrete 20 Years Later

Carol Biondi | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Carol Biondi

Twenty years after the L.A. riots, can philanthropy play a meaningful role in addressing the gross over-representation of Black males in prisons and correctional facilities in California?

20 Years After L.A. Riots, Nonprofit Fights Prejudices, Advocates A Better First Chance

Carol Biondi | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Carol Biondi

Twenty years after the L.A. riots, can philanthropy play a meaningful role in addressing the gross over-representation of Black males in prisons and correctional facilities in California?

Trymaine Lee

Updated EEOC Policy Forces Employers To Give Fair Shot To Ex-Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 04.27.2012 | Black Voices

Kenneth Wilson has been looking for a job for more than two and a half years. But every single job interview that he's had seems to start and end the ...

Mass Incarceration as a Public Policy

Michael Santos | Posted 06.24.2012 | Crime
Michael Santos

The objective of building a massive prison system didn't include mechanisms that would encourage prisoners to work toward earning freedom, to redeem themselves, or to prepare for a return to society as law-abiding citizens.

Lead Juvenile Justice Expert Says State Facilities Should Stay Open

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo  For more than thirty years, it's been Barry Krisberg's priority to fight for reforms in California's state juvenile correction...

Life After Incarceration: Don't Forget About The 7 Million Children Affected

Mindy Tarlow | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Mindy Tarlow

When individuals return home from incarceration, they rarely return back to the lives they left behind.

Mugging in Paradise

Ed Koch | Posted 04.23.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Today, crime no longer the number one issue on people's minds, pressure has been building to reduce sentences and eliminate mandatory minimums imposed for many violent crimes.

WATCH: Which Country's Prison System Lets Inmates Go Hunting?

Posted 01.04.2012 | World

Where in the world are prisoners served breakfast buffets, allowed to go on snowy hikes, and given permission to handle firearms? In the video above, ...

Recidivism in Philadelphia

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.27.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Jail is one of the largest recipients of persons with a serious mental illness. Is incarceration the best our society can do for people in need in America? It is incumbent upon the private and public sectors to make sure that help is available.

Drug Courts: Enter At Your Own Risk

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

The drug war is forty years old this year. It's time to step back and ask ourselves what's the best way to solve the problem we're trying to solve -- how to reduce drug abuse and addiction -- and use the best available evidence to guide us.

Family Support Imperative for Prison Inmates

Maureen Murdock | Posted 11.23.2011 | Crime
Maureen Murdock

As time got short, we decided to have our picture taken. We were told to stand in front of a backdrop of blue skies with white fluffy clouds. The photo was blurred and the color was off, but we both smiled like we were somewhere in the Bahamas instead of a steel gray barbed wire enclosed sterile room.

No Redemption for Ex-Offender by Tulane's Law School Students

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.16.2011 | Crime
Anthony Papa

For the crime Bruce Reilly committed a life-time ago, he is now going through the ringer because of the stigma brought on by carrying the "scarlet letter" of being an ex-offender.

Toward an Industry of Peace

Elena Quintana | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." That bill of goods can not even be faintly passed off with a straight face to today's schoolchildren.

Invest in Young Men and Boys of Color Now

Robert Schwartz | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Robert Schwartz

In reality, it does not take very much to make a positive difference in a young man's life. Unfortunately, it takes even less to make a negative difference. If we continue to ignore the issues in our state in relation to boys and men of color, we will squander the human capital talent we have in our state.