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

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Why do mothers support incarcerated sons?

Years ago, when my 20-year old son was locked up at New York's infamous Rikers Island, I would visit regularly despite the long commute from Brooklyn to Queens, two or three hour waits in the crowded, noisy reception area, and short, but bumpy, rides on dilapidated buses to various "houses" on the island; most times,… Continue reading Why do mothers support incarcerated sons?