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Apr 29, 2016 This is the first blog post in a series about bail reform in New York City.  New York’s bail system is broken. The system is one epic bail fail. Bail reform is needed now. These are some of the phrases and headlines splashed across New York City newspapers in the past year. From the New York Times to the New York Post, the City’s media is abuzz with talk of bail. A couple of high-profile cases have punctuated these declarations. Kalief Browder, a Bronx...

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Apr 25, 2016 */ Juhu Thukral is the director of law and advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda, where she is on the senior management team and leads strategic communications and policy initiatives on economic, immigrant, and gender and sexuality concerns.   Americans are currently in a self-reflective mood: Primary voting turnout for the 2016 Presidential...
Apr 21, 2016 Earlier this month, the “It’s On Us” campaign launched its annual spring week of action, in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As an advocate in the anti-violence against women movement, I have watched intently as college students across the country have taken up the cause, raising awareness about campus sexual assault and making it a national issue. In less than five years, they have not only increased the movement’s visibility, but also...
Apr 6, 2016 This Sunday, 60 Minutes broadcast a segment comparing the American and German prison systems, based on and filmed during a tour of German prisons we led along with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice last summer. Following the segment, we hosted a Facebook chat with The Marshall Project—and several of the policymakers and thought leaders who were with us in Germany—on the stark differences between these two systems. Check out highlights from the chat...
Apr 4, 2016 */ The Unlocking Potential: Perspectives on Education in Prison blog series—as part of Vera’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project—explores postsecondary education in prison and its benefits—during and after incarceration—through the unique experiences and insight of former students, educators, nonprofit leaders, corrections officials, reentry experts, and more. Todd Clear is currently a distinguished professor of criminal justice at...

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Mar 30, 2016 Think about a particularly trying time in your life. Now think about not having a place to stay or family to support you during this time of hardship. Would you have made it?  For people recently convicted of a crime, having a place to stay and the support of family are often the most influential factors in their success. But for decades, housing authorities across the country have not allowed recently convicted people to access public housing, even...

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Mar 24, 2016 Justice for Families (J4F) is a national alliance of local organizations committed to ending the “youth incarceration epidemic.” It was founded and is run by parents and families who have experienced the juvenile justice system with their children. We sat down with co-founder and executive director Grace Bauer-Lubow and associate director Tracey Wells-Huggins to discuss J4F’s recent release of Focus on Youth and Families: A Guide for Conducting Focus...

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