Mass Incarceration, Recidivism, and Education

The U.S. has the highest total prison population in the world, and one of the highest rates of recidivism. 
America has five percent of the world’s population, but it incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. Incarceration […]

Juveniles Locked Up for Christmas

The hardest time of year may be the holiday season for tens of thousands of juveniles locked up in detention centers or group homes. Some youthful offenders may have a parent in prison, while others […]

Compassionate Christmas for Prisoners

It’s not unusual to find a mom or dad with several children whose spouse is serving time in prison. As a result, the family’s utilities may be disconnected, they also not be able to pay […]

Reducing the Stigma of a Felony Conviction

The stigma associated with being an ex-felon in the United States is difficult to comprehend. Many spend their lifetime struggling to regain their personal respect, along with dignity in the communities in which they live.

Ex-felons […]

Solitary Confinement of Prison Inmates

During the past year, there appears to be a national movement against solitary confinement for prisoners. In one such case in Rhode Island, lawmakers have proposed limiting the isolation of inmates to no more than […]

Get Rid of Bail? It Might Just Make Sense.

Each year, over 11 million inmates are housed in county jails across the country. Many of them are there because, awaiting trial, because they could not afford to post bail. How can we reduce incarceration […]

Flaws In Forensic Science

Recent testimony by F.B.I. forensic scientists indicated that hair identification used in almost every one of the 250 cases reviewed was scientifically indefensible — indicating fatal flaws in the agencies’ forensic science.
That conclusion was no surprise to […]

Death Row: Can We Afford It?

The High Price of the Death Penalty
Some say that we should abolish the death penalty. They argue that it is immoral, does not deter murder, and affects people of color disproportionately. Others feel that it […]

Banning Solitary Confinement for Inmates 21 and Younger

Recently, New York City officials agreed  to a plan that would eliminate the use of solitary confinement for all inmates 21 and younger. This is an action that would place  Rikers Island as a national jail reformer.
Today, […]

College for Prisoners – Seriously!

Recently, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a plan to underwrite college for prisoners in 10 New York state prisons. He pointed out that prison inmates who received an education had a much better chance of […]

Rubin Carter – A cause for justice

Rubin (Hurricane) Carter’s boxing career was cut short when he was convicted by an all white jury of fatally shooting two white men and a white woman in a tavern in Paterson, N.J. in 1966.

Carter, […]

Section 35: Tough Love for a Substance Abuser

Do you have a teenager or adult child or know of someone with a teenager or adult child who has a serious substance abuse problem and my be at risk of hurting themselves or hurting […]

Create Your Own Army & Stand Up to Bullying!

School bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety and can negatively impact their self-esteem, feeling of safety, and ability to learn. The best way to deal with bullying is to Stop It Before It […]

School Bullying

School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs in an educational setting amongst children and teens. Bullying can be inflicted by physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional means. What was once considered only a few years ago as […]

President Commutes Long Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases

Expanding his push to curtail severe penalties in drug cases, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates. Each inmate had been imprisoned for a least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life […]

Is There Racial Bias in Our Correctional Justice System?

Correctional Justice System Racial Bias? Here are the Facts:

According to the Center for American Justice , while people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent […]