Commentary

Has the coronavirus pandemic slowed momentum toward criminal justice reform?

In July 1999, I began researching and writing a (yet unpublished) memoir about my experiences as the mother of an inmate who spent most of his adult life in prison and who ultimately died in an upstate New York correctional facility in June 1999. With more than 2.3 million Americans incarcerated (and millions more on… Continue reading Has the coronavirus pandemic slowed momentum toward criminal justice reform?

Coronavirus

Inmate health during coronavirus pandemic raises tough questions

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com The growing coronavirus pandemic should provoke serious discussion of these questions among political leaders and medical professionals: Whose lives have value in our society? Who determines individual worth? How do we allocate limited resources (e.g. a coronavirus vaccine or test kits)? By income? By profession? By age? By health… Continue reading Inmate health during coronavirus pandemic raises tough questions

Health and Wellness

COVID 19: What’s being done (or should be done) to protect those in jails or prisons?

On my latest podcast (One Mother's Voice: In the Name of Justice), I discuss the barriers to coronavirus prevention in prisons and jails. In the latest issue of The New Yorker, staff writer Jennifer Gonnerman tackles this issue in "How Prisons and Jails Can Respond to the Coronavirus." On March 6, The Marshall Project, a… Continue reading COVID 19: What’s being done (or should be done) to protect those in jails or prisons?