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10 Years on, What the Tsunami Taught Me

BRAC | Posted 12.26.2014 | Impact
BRAC

10 years on, let's take a moment to remember lives lost, and fundamentally changed in an instant. And let's pause to reflect and wonder at the resilience and hope within all of us. Today, almost anywhere on Sri Lanka's coastline, you would hardly know the magnitude of horrors endured there.

America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Living (and Almost Dying) on the Edge

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Markus had everything going for him. He could write his own ticket for the future, anything that he wanted. At 25, a world of possibilities awaited him. But all that was before the accident...

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

Anna David | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Anna David

On paper, it sounded so good: all insurance companies had to provide substance abuse treatment and there would be no more discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot.

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

This Is What Rehab and Recovery Is Really Like

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

I still have days where I want to just punch a wall and have a fit because I'm different than most people my age. But for every one of those days, there are 99 happy, thankful days. I love myself again. I'm pushing myself, accomplishing things I wouldn't have done if I were still drinking.

Overcoming The Worst Moment With Words

Jackson Taylor | Posted 09.27.2014 | Home
Jackson Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWarehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.

The Power Of Second Chances

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 09.24.2014 | Home
Timothy P. Silard

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).

Redemption And The War On Drugs

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Home
Heather Ann Thompson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.

Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health

Tara Oakman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Home
Tara Oakman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpg"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?

WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | Posted 09.24.2014 | Home
TEDTalks

Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.

Bonaire: Fantasy Island, For Real!

Victor Dorff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Travel
Victor Dorff

For most visitors, a trip to the Caribbean island of Bonaire is all about the diving, but the culture Bonaire is building - both in and out of the water - deserves some attention, too.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

Going to Juvie

Caitlin Rother | Posted 08.31.2014 | Crime
Caitlin Rother

The teenage girls could barely hear me over the screaming roar of the motorized plumbing snake that the county workers insisted they needed to run through the classroom as I was trying to speak to a class at the Girls Rehabilitation Facility.

Prison Labor and Goat Dairies: A Response (Part 2)

culture magazine | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
culture magazine

Not every inmate can or will benefit from these programs, but don't those who have the desire deserve a chance to become productive, skilled, employable members of society?

The Real Roots of Prison Recidivism

David Chura | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime
David Chura

There's not much forgiveness in American culture. It seems that ex-offenders can't suffer enough or repent enough for our Puritan tastes. Criminal justice experts have been searching for the "holy grail of rehabilitation" for years, and nothing has worked.

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.

Sled Hockey and the Paralympics Gave Me a Reason to Recover

Taylor Chace | Posted 05.01.2014 | Impact
Taylor Chace

I never wasted a single minute in rehab, always pushing my body to its absolute limits.

The Importance of Keeping a Diary

Weston Ashley | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Weston Ashley

I was stuck there and had no way out. But I could write it down. I could tell my story to someone. I had to trust that what I had to say was important. It was and still is.

Rehab, Release, Rejoice

Ed Felker | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Ed Felker

To me, the majesty of eagles is unequaled in nature. It is a powerful sight to behold, even more so when one considers this is not a captive bird.

Oops, I Ate the Whole Pie (and Other Tales of Holiday Addiction)

Robert Weiss | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Weiss

The usual holiday reality is sparkling moments shining through quite a lot of disappointment, which is usually caused by the fact that we and those around us often fail in our duty to behave like Santa's perfect little elves.