Rikers fallout continues

William Clemons, the top uniformed officer at the infamous Rikers Island jail in New York plans to step down, The New York Times reports today. This blog has followed the allegations of violence and other issues at the troubled jail, so this announcement isn’t exactly a surprise. Clemons was appointed by new commissioner Joseph Ponte, but…

Will he or won’t he?

Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick could be poised to sign at least one prison commutation, The Boston Globe reported yesterday. A commutation shortens a person’s sentence but does not expunge the criminal record, whereas a pardon erases a person’s conviction. Deanne Hamilton is the first person in four years to get an interview regarding a commutation with…

The streets, manhood and incarceration

This IndyStar article highlights the struggle single mothers can face to raise their children while steering them away from the vicious tide of street violence and, ultimately, incarceration. This is a great read to begin understanding how and why the allure of “street culture” can prevail over young men and often lands them in new homes at prison or jail. From the…

Strength of a Woman

The short documentary “Strength of a Woman” is a few years old by now, but its stories have not diminished in value. The movie highlights what some women go through when they are involved in abusive relationships, in addition to the devastating consequences. The subject matter, as described by the formerly incarcerated women in the documentary,…