Awakenings : the beginning

In April, a story I wrote for The Boston Globe about women who give birth while incarcerated first introduced me to other options for non-violent offenders to serve their sentences. We’ve all heard of halfway houses but often associate them only with post-incarceration, where someone lives for a certain amount of time directly after release to…

Get Out of Jail, Inc. : The New Yorker

This is a recent The New Yorker piece about alternatives to incarceration, which is emerging as a controversial phrase of late. From the piece: Within the private corrections industry, ‘alternatives to incarceration’—including probation services and halfway houses—used to be regarded as an afterthought. The size of America’s incarcerated population more than quadrupled in the three decades since…

Welcome : The blog

I intend for this blog to highlight some of the programs in the Boston area that seek to help criminal justice involved people avoid hard jail time and serve their sentences in untraditional ways. I’m particularly interested in the fact that more women are serving time for non-violent crimes; this often means they are taking the…