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

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2020 Democratic candidates on criminal justice reform

Democratic candidates jump on criminal justice bandwagon

For most of the 80s and 90s, when my son was in and out of New York State prisons, I was oblivious to the workings of the criminal justice system. Issues related to incarceration--excessive bail, mandatory sentencing, plea bargaining, racial disparities, prisoner health care, recidivism and a plethora of other practices and policies (since deemed… Continue reading Democratic candidates jump on criminal justice bandwagon