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Nov 19, 2014 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...
Nov 10, 2014 I’m going to admit two things that may make me a pop culture pariah:   1. For a long time, Orange Is the New Black—the show and the book—made me angry.   2. I watch all of the Real Housewives franchises. These two things are, to my surprise, related. I’ll start by explaining the anger I felt at Orange Is the New Black.   When Orange Is the New Black started getting lots of attention, I was struck by the perversity of it all: millions of Americans are...
Nov 6, 2014 If you only followed the election day coverage of candidate races, you might not be aware that bipartisan support for criminal justice reform is alive and well at a time when partisans throughout the political spectrum bemoan logjams in policymaking.   In California, Proposition 47—which revises felony thresholds for certain drug possession and theft offenses and reclassifies them as misdemeanors—passed with overwhelming voter support. The ramifications of...
Oct 17, 2014 Several weeks ago, I attended the memorial service for Eddie Ellis, who was, among many things (including a son, a father, a mentor, and a leader), a formerly incarcerated man and the founder of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions. I first met Eddie in 2007, not long after he wrote his well-known “language letter.” Called “An Open Letter to...
Oct 3, 2014 The New York City Department of Corrections’ (DOC) recent commitment to ending the use of solitary confinement for juveniles by the end of 2014 is an important change that recognizes the particularly...
Sep 29, 2014 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...

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