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Timothy P. Silard
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Tim Silard is a former prosecutor and president of the Rosenberg Foundation.

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Over-Policed and Underserved

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

We've been shackled for too long by that myth (largely...

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The Power of Second Chances

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I got a first-hand look at how our criminal justice system could be used to transform lives -- not just punish -- while serving as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

In one...

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Changing the Odds for Boys and Men of Color

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:25 PM

When the Rosenberg Foundation began investing in criminal justice reform in 2006, we were driven to take action because of the disproportionate impact of incarceration and the lifelong consequences of felony convictions on boys and men of color and low-income communities in California.

A responsible approach to criminal justice can...

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Justice Reform, At Long Last

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 8:41 AM

Decades after the start of the so-called "tough on crime" era, the U.S. slowly seems to be inching away from the failed policies that have made it the world's largest incarcerator (the U.S. has five percent of the world's population and about 25 percent of the world's prisoners).

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A Job Can Help Stop Prison's Revolving Door

(29) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 8:56 AM

A job can help formerly incarcerated people turn their lives around, take care of themselves and their families, and make positive contributions to their communities.

However, one small but powerful barrier -- a box on a job application -- stands in the way of formerly incarcerated people...

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California Lagging Far Behind Texas On Criminal Justice

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 5:13 PM

At one time, Texas built prisons as fast as it possibly could. Now, the state is reforming its criminal justice system by focusing on community-based supervision, rehabilitation and treatment programs -- and it is putting its money behind that plan.

As a result, for the first...

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Stand With the Women of Wal-Mart

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 1:02 PM

More than 10 years ago, a woman named Betty Dukes decided to take on a corporate giant.

While working at a Wal-Mart store in Pittsburg, California, Dukes endured years with little advancement, and then was hit with a demotion and a pay cut. Instead of quitting or giving up, she...

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