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  • Kathleen Culhane
November 14, 2016

Innovative Reentry Practices for Incarcerated People Coming Home

For an incarcerated person, leaving prison can be both exhilarating and overwhelming: freedom is finally palpable. But, for over 700,000 people leaving prisons and jails annually, the pressure of finding a home is an immediate and paramount strain. The mark o...

  • Cymone  Fuller
    Cymone Fuller
  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
October 31, 2016

Tough on Kids and Their Families

Whenever a family member is incarcerated, the entire family suffers. The May issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (the ANNALS) features a series of articles that shed light on the effects of criminal justice policy on fam...

  • Jannette  Brickman
    Jannette Brickman
October 28, 2016

Victims of Domestic Violence Need Greater System Support

As October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, we can reflect on how far we’ve come since the early 1970s—when shelters gave women the option to leave abusive partners, but separation was considered the only viable option. Today, women who exp...

  • Krista Larson
    Krista Larson
October 17, 2016

Redefining Who Gets to be Called "Youth"

Every year, the President declares October National Youth Justice Awareness Month, and this year is no exception. On September 30, President Obama made the annual proclamation and gave the nation this charge: We must make sure youth in every community and fro...

  • Danielle Sered
    Danielle Sered
October 11, 2016

What We Lost

In early 2014, then newly-elected District Attorney Ken Thompson came to our office at Common Justice and sat with a group of program graduates, crime survivors, and community members from our advisory group. New to his job, his name not yet even on the wall a...

  • Fred Patrick
    Fred Patrick
October 03, 2016

Obama pushes to end solitary confinement; states lead the way

In an Op-Ed in The Washington Post, President Barack Obama condemned solitary confinement and announced sweeping changes to its use in federal prisons nationwide. On any given day in the U.S., as many as 100,000 people are estimated to be held...

  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
September 29, 2016

Game day injustice? Judges dole out harsher sentences after home team upset

As the consensus for criminal justice reform grows, Americans are beginning to hear more about the implicit biases that shape everything from juvenile sentencing to the high number of people—particularly low-income people of color—incarcerated in the country’s...

  • Erin  Dostal Kuller
    Erin Dostal Kuller
September 15, 2016

Series: It Takes a Village

Collaboration is key when it comes to keeping kids out of the justice system

The title of our latest report on diversion strategies—“It Takes a Village”—is no accident. School administrators and teachers, law enforcement officials, service providers, and families all play key roles in keeping young people out of the juvenile justice sy...

  • Erin  Dostal Kuller
    Erin Dostal Kuller
September 07, 2016

Series: It Takes a Village

Closing the schoolhouse door to the juvenile justice system

Schools can be a critical diversion point for young people at risk of entering the juvenile justice system, as detailed in Vera’s recent report on diversion strategies for youth. Exclusionary school disciplinary practices, such as suspensions or expulsions, ma...

  • Erin  Dostal Kuller
    Erin Dostal Kuller
September 01, 2016

Series: It Takes a Village

Getting the word out about diversion programs

Diversion strategies that prioritize community- and family-based solutions over punitive measures can help young people avoid becoming involved in the justice system. Vera’s recent report detailed the important work of many organizations—from Nevada to Nebrask...

  • Monnero Guervil
    Monnero Guervil
  • Baz Dreisinger
    Baz Dreisinger
August 29, 2016

Series: Unlocking Potential

Increasing interest in and passion for learning throughout the prison system

Former intern Monnero Guervil interviews Baz Dreisinger for this blog post.  What inspired you to create John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP) program? How does it differ, if at all, from other college in prison programs...

  • 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...