Recapping our Homeward Bound blog series

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“I Thank God I’m Not in an American Prison.” As Young Germans Tell Their Own Incarceration Stories, Comparisons Arise

Yusef spoke about the difficulty of serving out his sentence – and about his commitment to making the most of the time spent at Hahnöfersand: “I’m serving four-and-a-half years. That may not sound like a long time to people familiar with the US system, but for me, it is too much. It is very hard. I left my family on the outside, and I have a young ...

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October 17, 2018
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Reimagining American Prisons Isn’t a Pipedream. After the Holocaust, Germany Reimagined Theirs.

Connecticut’s partnership with Vera on the T.R.U.E. unit, and the early successes demonstrated there, have led to similar units in Massachusetts and South Carolina. Seeing these and other partnerships come from the initial trip, Vera staff knew how important the experience was for shaping plans to move beyond the low-hanging fruit of incremental re...

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October 14, 2018
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Why Reporting on Undocumented Immigrants Tethered to ICE Is Challenging

The use of ankle monitors instead of incarceration is growing—but few involved want to talk about it.

I found that folks like Marvin craved for their stories to be told—and have them told the right way. They wanted every aspect of ankle monitors explored. In case the obvious needs to be stated: undocumented immigrants are not one monolithic group with a singular opinion. For instance, whereas most I talked to would rather wear the ankle bracelet ov...

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  • Ryan Katz
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October 12, 2018
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