May 31, 2016 */ The Unlocking Potential: Perspectives on Education in Prison blog series—as part of Vera’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project—explores postsecondary education in prison and its benefits—during and after incarceration—through the unique experiences and insight of former students, educators, nonprofit leaders, corrections officials, reentry experts, and more. Jeremy Travis is president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.   Former intern Monnero...
May 10, 2016 While recent  police brutality headlines have motivated movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, activism surrounding transgender people has been pushed to the margins in mainstream media. In response to police violence against transgender people, #BlackTransLivesMatter has made continuous efforts to raise awareness to the many transgender persons, particularly minorities, who have suffered under the current penal system. Transgender people are distinctly positioned for...
May 6, 2016 The Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails blog series features the voices of various perspectives—from corrections officials and academic experts to advocates and formerly incarcerated people—examining the issues presented by the use of segregated housing and discussing promising strategies for reform. Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system is not usually held up as a model of reform, as it is more publicly associated with Department of Justice (DOJ...
May 4, 2016 Chances are, if you are a New Yorker charged with a misdemeanor and have little-to-no criminal history, you will be headed home after arraignment with no money bail. In fact, 80 percent of people charged with misdemeanors are released pretrial on their own recognizance. New York City’s bail system works the way it’s supposed to for the vast majority of defendants. But for the 27 percent of New Yorkers who have bail set and are unable to post it at the courthouse, the bail system’s...

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