For-profit prison companies and the handling of incarceration alternatives

A report called “Treatment Industrial Complex” released earlier this month by the American Friends Service Committee, Grassroots Leadership, and the Southern Center for Human Rights, details the sometimes shocking treatment of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. The report’s tagline really sums up what to expect: “How for-profit prison corporations are undermining efforts to treat and rehabilitate…

The Marshall Project launches

A new nonprofit devoted to covering the criminal justice system called The Marshall Project finally launched this past weekend, and it looks great. It is headed by former New York Times editor, reporter and writer, Bill Keller. The site also offers a daily newsletter that I received this morning and is chock full of good…

No more prisons for women?

Advocates in the United Kingdom propose community sentences for nonviolent offenders, writes Patricia O’Brien in a recent blog post on The Conversation. Would it be so foolish to consider closing down jails and prisons for women in the U.S.? At the very least, a bigger focus on alternatives is necessary, argues O’Brien. She points out…

In Transit: The Prison Buses

It’s not something one considers, perhaps, not if prison isn’t a part of daily life, or the life of another close by. A certain sub-sect of the prison and jail population, the families who want to visit incarcerated loved ones, may be without their own cars but are tasked with getting to visiting times at prisons that may be located…

It’s final project time, already

I plan to pursue a final story package for my digital journalism course at Northeastern University detailing why programs that keep women and their children together either in lieu of jail time or before or after jail/prison are so important and hopefully becoming more predominant. The package, which will include a written article, a video and a…