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  • James, T.R.U.E. Mentor
May 23, 2017

Series: Dispatches from T.R.U.E.

Looking Back Toward a Better Future

This post was written by James, a mentor in the T.R.U.E. unit at Cheshire Correctional Institution. T.R.U.E unit mentors are people serving life without parole sentences at the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Through a competitive application process, 1...

  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
May 19, 2017

Alabama Poised to Restore Voting Rights for Thousands with Felony Convictions

In criminal justice reform, it’s been a good week for the South.  As noted in a New York Times article today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has struck a deal to reduce Louisiana’s prison population—and in Georgia, the Times calls Republican governor Nath...

  • Chris Mai
    Chris Mai
May 17, 2017

Shrinking the Financial—and Human—Cost of Jail in New York City

Rikers Island, the infamous 85-year-old jail in New York City, is out of sight and out of mind for many New Yorkers.  Housed on an island accessible only by a single bridge, with its own bakery, high school, and power plant, and a disturbing history of violenc...

  • Nuno  Pereira
    Nuno Pereira
May 15, 2017

Families Will Be Negatively Affected by the FCC’s New Stance on Phone Calls Behind Bars

“Can you hear me now?”  That’s the iconic catch phrase used during Verizon’s promotion campaign from 2002 to 2011. A familiar call-back to youth, it is also becoming a commonly asked question behind the walls of prisons and jails throughout the country. The Fe...

  • Margaret Cunliffe
May 12, 2017

Seniors Facing Cognitive Decline Need Responsible Financial Care from Banks, Families, and Community Providers

Everyone has heard the old adage that as we age, we become “older and wiser.”  However, a recent Economist article suggests that the opposite is true with regard to our ability to manage our finances. While cognitive decline is most severe in those with neurol...

  • Jordan and Tarence
May 02, 2017

Series: Dispatches from T.R.U.E.

Connecticut’s T.R.U.E. Prison Program Offers New Beginnings

This post was co-written by Jordan and Tarence, two young men incarcerated in the T.R.U.E. unit at Cheshire Correctional Institution. 

  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
April 29, 2017

Conservatives—and Trump Voters—Overwhelmingly Support Criminal Justice Reform, New Poll Says

On the eve of President Trump’s 100th day in office, a new poll indicates strong support among American conservatives—and Trump supporters in particular—for criminal justice reform. The poll, released by the right-leaning CKI, found that eight out of ten Trump...

  • Shannon Scully
    Shannon Scully
  • Leah  Hairston
    Leah Hairston
April 27, 2017

Series: Gender and Justice in America

Sexual Assault Awareness is Key to Keeping Girls Out of the Juvenile Justice System

Every April, tribute is paid to survivors of sexual violence through educational and awareness-raising events across the country.  To that end, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign for 2017 seeks to shin...

  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
  • Cymone  Fuller
    Cymone Fuller
April 21, 2017

Why Kids in Detention Deserve Access to Their Siblings

Last week, in celebration of National Siblings Day, every social media channel was flooded with beautiful pictures of users with their brothers and sisters.  People credited their siblings with their personal successes, thanking them for all the support and fu...

  • Jonathan  Varnado
    Jonathan Varnado
April 18, 2017

How Should Probation and Parole Define Success?

For over a decade, Vera has worked with the city of New Orleans to reduce their jail population. As a program associate with Vera New Orleans, I’m proud to be a part of this effort. Before joining Vera’s New Orleans team, I was a probation and parole officer w...

  • Elizabeth  Ige
    Elizabeth Ige
  • Saadiq  Bey
    Saadiq Bey
April 07, 2017

Understanding How Young Men of Color Seek Help after Violence

Last week, a video went viral of 26-year-old Ibn Ali Miller breaking up a street fight between two high school students in New Jersey.  Since then, Miller has been praised by many for his humanity and mentorship, and even recognized by Atlantic City Mayor Don ...

  • Hernan Carvente
    Hernan Carvente
April 05, 2017

MTV and Hernan Carvente Discuss Youth, Violence, and Justice Reform

Last month, I had the distinct honor of participating in an interview with MTV News, where I shared my personal story with the juvenile justice system and how that experience grounds what I believe about juvenile justice reform. When I was 16, I was convicted ...