Criminal Justice

Short takes: the voices of those most affected by the criminal justice system

The most ardent champions of criminal justice reform often are professional advocates, who may have never seen the inside of a jail or prison, never been on parole or probation, or never had a loved one who is incarcerated. Despite this, their criminal justice research and advocacy are invaluable . They work diligently to affect… Continue reading Short takes: the voices of those most affected by the criminal justice system

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Criminal Justice

Providing services and goods for jails and prisons: a boon for private companies, not for inmates and their families

Nationally, there is increased interest in criminal justice reform, however, little has changed in families' daily interactions with jails and prisons. The emotional, financial, and psychological costs are high when someone you love is in custody of the criminal justice system. Like thousands of other mothers of inmates, my niece, Ann Williams,* regularly sends her… Continue reading Providing services and goods for jails and prisons: a boon for private companies, not for inmates and their families

Criminal Justice

A personal mission; prison reform vs criminal justice reform

My Mission Many years ago, when my (now deceased) son was incarcerated, I knew next to nothing about criminal justice policies, rates of incarceration, or racial disparities in sentencing. I paid little heed to his complaints about overly punitive judges, ineffective lawyers, or prison conditions. In actuality, I believed he was just venting his frustrations.… Continue reading A personal mission; prison reform vs criminal justice reform