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  • Daniel  Kodsi
    Daniel Kodsi
August 23, 2016

The end of federal private prisons is a big step towards reimagining criminal justice

The United States’ incarcerated population stands at more than 2.2 million. Nearly 1.6 million Americans are behind prison bars—only 22,000 of whom reside in privately managed federal facilities. So why are there headlines about Thursday’s Department of Justic...

  • Taylar Nuevelle
    Taylar Nuevelle
August 22, 2016

Series: Gender and Justice in America

Breaking the silence about women in prison

We like to think incarcerated women are so different from the general population. But that’s simply not true. I often say: If you want to understand sexism in America, go to a women’s prison. Gender bias for incarcerated women is the same bias that forces...

  • Charmaine  Davis
    Charmaine Davis
August 15, 2016

Series: Gender and Justice in America

Mass incarceration and its impact are devastating to women

9to5, National Association of Working Women—of which I am the Georgia chapter director—understands the devastating impact mass incarceration has on women. The rate of growth for female imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50 percent between 1980 and 20...

  • Dr. Gero Meinen
    Dr. Gero Meinen
August 11, 2016

Observations from Rikers: A German’s first visit to the island

Last year, a high-ranking United States delegation of more than 25 members visited Germany to become informed about German prison policy. The delegation was led by Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Nick Turner, president and...

  • Insha Rahman
    Insha Rahman
August 05, 2016

There is no magic bullet to fixing bail

The belief that bail reform needs to happen in New York City is no longer a fringe position. Most New Yorkers agree that someone should not sit in jail simply because he or she lacks $500 to pay bail. But what that reform should look like is up for much debate...

  • Danny Murillo
    Danny Murillo
August 01, 2016

Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Gardner Fellow Danny Murillo on life after solitary

Regardless of how much time and space I put in between myself and the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in Pelican Bay State Prison, the effects of isolation will always linger. My spirit resists, resiliently, the social pathologies known to “develop in prisoners wh...

  • Dan  Pacholke
    Dan Pacholke
July 27, 2016

Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Change is relative to where you begin

For correctional systems, governments, and advocates seeking to reform the use of segregation, the goal should be more than emptying beds. Success should be measured by impacts in engagement, interactions, and safe environments—not just bed use—to reduce use o...

  • Erin  Dostal Kuller
    Erin Dostal Kuller
July 21, 2016

Series: It Takes a Village

How police benefit from diversion strategies

Vera’s recent report, It Takes a Village: Diversion Resources for Police and Families, details how diversion programs provide families and communities resources to keep young people safe, on track, and out of the criminal justice system. But young people aren’...

  • Chelsea Davis
    Chelsea Davis
  • Leah  Pope
    Leah Pope
July 19, 2016

Shining a spotlight on mental health and police shootings

The Boston Globe’s infamous Spotlight team recently published an investigation on yet another way people with mental health disorders are underserved and harmed by the criminal justice system: being shot by police. Spotlight uncovered that in Massachusetts, be...

  • Jannette  Brickman
    Jannette Brickman
  • Sandra  Harrell
    Sandra Harrell
July 07, 2016

Mass incarceration reform should address domestic and sexual violence

According to a 2014 newsletter on violence against women, “One of the most enduring realities of sexual assault is that very few cases result in arrest, prosecution, and conviction of [perpetrators]. Arrest, no less prosecution, is fairly unlikely, especially ...

  • Monnero Guervil
    Monnero Guervil
  • Vivian  Nixon
    Vivian Nixon
July 07, 2016

Series: Unlocking Potential

The importance of education for incarcerated women

Former intern Monnero Guervil interviews Vivian Nixon for this blog post.  What is the story behind your passion for serving incarcerated women? My passion for serving incarcerated women started when I began to tutor and teach GED classes in pr...

  • Erin  Dostal Kuller
    Erin Dostal Kuller
June 30, 2016

Series: It Takes a Village

It takes a village

15-year-old J.B. is involved in a minor scuffle at a park. Instead of arresting him, police call a local crisis response program to address the behavior. J.B. receives counseling and is enrolled in an action plan to improve his grades, joins an ROTC program, a...