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
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
Whoa! It's been almost five months (as Facebook keeps reminding me) since my last post. Apologies (again). I have been working on a book proposal for a memoir about my experiences as the mother of an inmate. In addition, my granddaughter, Eve, and I have decided to host a new podcast, tentatively titled, "Just Us… Continue reading Back in the saddle again!