The cycle of violence in Baltimore

This Baltimore Sun article traces another example of an invisible cycle—the impact violence can have on young people who could be more likely to turn to violence themselves after witnessing it. “The kids were growing up in Upton/Druid Heights, where backyard police chases are common and sirens wake up kids like unwelcome alarm clocks at…

Alternative to incarceration programs provide benefits but face funding hurdles

Send a woman to jail, remove her from the bonds of her children and family and it increases the chances she’ll be incarcerated again. Send a woman to jail and her children could be more likely to go eventually, too. It’s an invisible cycle happening to families nationwide. But change is afoot. A growing awareness…

Are millennials interested in prison reform?

Two former Harvard undergrads are hoping to get young people interested in prison reform for the 2016 election via their Strong Reforms campaign. Why? “Millennials—a generation free from the baggage of old ‘tough on crime’ debates—have attitudes especially receptive to the project of revitalizing the rehabilitative mission of prisons,” the two founders, Scott Johnston and…

Tracing a mother’s fall into drugs

This New York Times article simply reminds me to keep in check how easy it is to judge someone else’s situation with one quick glance. Here, a mother rapidly gets swept up with selling heroin from her Staten Island home, and four months later she’s in jail at Rikers Island awaiting sentencing. This is not to…