If you've never been to prison, it's easy to be suspicious and dismissive of those who have. But people are getting out of prison and returning to our community all the time. Their return is inevitable; it's not whether people return from prison, but how they return -- successfully or unsuccessfully.
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May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.