reentry

Impact
What should the focus of rehabilitation in prison be in order to reduce recidivism rates? Should correctional institutions
Crime
The US Attorney's One Community Guam" and "One Community CNMI" Conferences show that if we can build safer communities when we tap into every resource, even using the formerly incarcerated.
Impact
For many of us, this documentary film, which premieres tonight on PBS, hits close to home. The stories of rocky recovery and tenuous returning loved ones are familiar; our own families' highs and lows echo though every scene.
Education
When you are released from prison, the last thing you want to do is spend the rest of your life reliving the mistakes that put you away in the first place. I should know: when I got out of prison in 2001, I wanted nothing more than to go back to school, earn my degree, and get a job that would turn my life around.
New York
While it is true that some prisons offer "programs" (DOCCS' term for required activities such as, vocational, therapeutic
Impact
I remember being eight years old and looking at my (not-so-nice but very "grown-up") babysitter, who was 12 years old, thinking
Impact
The documentary “City of Trees” follows an organization that connects park revitalization and green job training for residents shut out of the workforce.
Politics
Public defenders can and do play a critical role in helping people transitioning back to the community, when provided the opportunity and funding to do so.
Impact
This isn't a problem for just one state or community. Nationwide, nearly 700,000 people a year are being released from jails
Politics
We run from that which makes us uncomfortable, and those convicted of crime can easily give us that feeling. In the case of Darryl Hunt, I plan to sit with this discomfort and ask myself what care a free person deserves--no matter their past.
Impact
I recently had the honor of meeting with Susan Burton in Los Angeles. Susan, who spent 20 years of her life incarcerated, has become one of the great leaders of the social justice movement in America.
Crime
Thousands of individuals who were subjected to harsh penalties as children now have the possibility of release. The question now remains of what their future entails.
Impact
Our youngest son, David, became ill at 16. He started having psychotic episodes, was hospitalized, and could no longer attend high school, so we quit our jobs and moved back to Montana from California, where we were living at the time. We thought we could give him a more stable life there.
Politics
Demonizing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals permitted us to leave them out of daily American life. Even worse -- we excluded them from conversations about their own fates and continued to punish them with collateral consequences, long after they had served their time. In America, every sentence is a life sentence.
Impact
We all know a 180 when we see one. Those transformations that literally mean going in the opposite direction, that figuratively mean you have turned your life around. From night to day, from a season of decline to a season of hope and opportunity.
Crime
In this day and age predictive crime is what criminal justice is all about. We sentence criminals to a term of imprisonment, which is often mixed with a term of supervised release or parole, to a degree designed to adequately punish them for their misdeeds.
Politics
Today, we are delighted to see the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development take a big step toward meeting our call for fairness.
Black Voices
Reentry is not just a criminal justice issue: it is an economic and moral imperative. The population of people with prior records represents too great a wave of human potential to leave behind.
Impact
All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear housing that benefits from government funding cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.