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  • Léon  Digard
    Léon Digard
August 15, 2017

Video Visits in Prisons Enhance Connections, But at a Cost

It’s easy to take for granted the million ways in which technology makes our lives easier.  Many of us can access and share information at lightning speeds and talk with family and friends across the globe at a moment’s notice—a fact that almost feels unremark...

  • Vedan  Anthony-North
    Vedan Anthony-North
  • Leah  Pope
    Leah Pope
August 11, 2017

New White House Report Outlines Recommendations to Stem the Tide of Drug Overdose Deaths

Last week, the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released an interim report outlining a series of preliminary recommendations that are intended to stem the tide of the growing public health crisis around drug overdose dea...

  • Ashley Brompton
    Ashley Brompton
  • Vedan  Anthony-North
    Vedan Anthony-North
July 17, 2017

ACA Cuts Would Endanger Justice-Involved People with Disabilities, Behavioral Health Needs

In 2010, aiming to provide affordable and comprehensive healthcare to people who otherwise would not have access to essential services, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. But in an effort to “repeal and replace” the ACA, federal lawmakers are c...

  • Insha Rahman
    Insha Rahman
July 13, 2017

Politics, Ambition, and the Hard Work of Making the Closure of Rikers Island a Reality

Last month, Mayor de Blasio released “Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island,” a report that laid out several concrete steps on the path to closure of the ten jails on the Island. In the preface to the report, the mayor acknowledged that th...

  • Anne  McDonough
    Anne McDonough
June 30, 2017

Helping People with Prior Convictions Access NYC Public Housing

Finding housing is hard for people with conviction histories, especially in public housing. Most housing authorities in the country have policies that temporarily or permanently bar people with conviction histories, even though studies have shown that when peo...

  • Michael (T.R.U.E. mentor)
June 23, 2017

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

My Old Friends

This post was written by Michael, 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,...

  • Joel  Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP
    Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP
June 22, 2017

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

Mental Health Units as Alternatives to Segregation

“For [the already mentally ill], placing them in [segregation] is the mental equivalent of putting an asthmatic in a place with little air to breathe.” —Federal District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, Madrid v Gomez, 1995 Since Madrid v Gomez in 1995, the plac...

  • Scarlet Neath
    Scarlet Neath
June 16, 2017

Understanding Jail Growth in Rural America

National public discourse has turned to the problem of mass incarceration in recent years, and certain places tend to capture most of the headlines, bubbling up to the forefront: overcrowded state prison systems, private facilities run by profit-seeking corpor...

  • James Vassar
June 13, 2017

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

Working Together Toward Community, Connection, and Comradeship in T.R.U.E.

Our vision for the T.R.U.E. program is to revolutionize how rehabilitation in corrections is accomplished in America. Through its success, the T.R.U.E. program will become the benchmark for youth rehabilitation first throughout Connecticut then beyond. The T.R...

  • Karina Schroeder
    Karina Schroeder
June 06, 2017

With Public Support, States Continue to Embrace Drug Reform—and Save Lives

New reporting from the New York Times yesterday estimates that more than 59,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016—the largest annual jump ever recorded in U.S. history.  With drug overdoses now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, the conse...

  • Michael Mehler
    Michael Mehler
May 25, 2017

Dignity, Justice, and the Webbys

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 21st Annual Webby Awards because Vera’s new online home won “Best Website” in the associations category. The Webbys are perhaps best described as the Oscars of the Internet, and it was an honor to be selected by t...

  • Alan  Vinegrad
    Alan Vinegrad
May 25, 2017

The Sessions Memo: Back to the Past?

U.S Justice Department tradition over the last 37 years generally includes the new Attorney General issuing his or her own charging and sentencing policy—a fundamental part of the DOJ's criminal justice program. This administration is no exception.  On May 10t...