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May 31, 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. Jeremy Travis is president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice...

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May 10, 2016 While recent  police brutality headlines have motivated movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, activism surrounding transgender people has been pushed to the margins in mainstream media. In response to police violence against transgender people, #BlackTransLivesMatter has made continuous efforts to raise awareness to the many transgender persons, particularly minorities, who have suffered under the current penal system. Transgender people are...

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May 6, 2016 The Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails blog series features the voices of various perspectives—from corrections officials and academic experts to advocates and formerly incarcerated people—examining the issues presented by the use of segregated housing and discussing promising strategies for reform. Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system is not usually held up as a model of reform, as it is more publicly associated with...

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May 4, 2016 Chances are, if you are a New Yorker charged with a misdemeanor and have little-to-no criminal history, you will be headed home after arraignment with no money bail. In fact, 80 percent of people charged with misdemeanors are released pretrial on their own recognizance. New York City’s bail system works the way it’s supposed to for the vast majority of defendants. But for the 27 percent of New Yorkers who have bail set and are unable to post...

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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...

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