Alternatives to … what?

When it comes to other solutions to the ever rising to-incarcerate-or-not debate, Dr. Susan Sered, a sociology professor and researcher from Suffolk University, brings up a good point about using the phrase “alternatives to incarceration.” ATIs are growing in popularity amid the rising consciousness that jails and prisons typically don’t fix the underlying issues that…

Senator proposes alternatives for pregnant and postpartum inmates

Here’s another piece of important legislation, this one coming out of New Mexico. Senator Lisa Torraco has proposed a bill called The Expectant and Postpartum Prisoners Act that would allow women who are pregnant or lactating to be granted furloughs and to accommodate women who are breastfeeding while incarcerated so they are allowed to pump beast milk. From the bill:…

Re-entry alternatives in Connecticut

The Housing Authority of New Haven has a new plan for those returning from jail or prison, the New Haven Independent reports. It’s called Connecticut Fresh Start and it’s a proposal for a pilot program meant to help former inmates with “housing, tuition to finish a degree started in prison, a cost-of-living stipend and additional support…

A week of potential positives for sentencing alternatives

What a full week of alternative sentencing news. Following yesterday’s report from the Vera Institute discussing alternatives to incarceration, Tamar Kraft-Stolar of the Correctional Association of New York released today a fresh, 186-page report on the condition of women in prison today. Health care, particularly reproductive health, is of huge concern. Because a woman is incarcerated, she is not allowed adequate…

MacArthur Foundation wants proposals for sentencing alternatives

The MacArthur Foundation has put out a request for proposals from jurisdictions who want to reduce their imprisoned populations. Its Safety and Justice Challenge will invest $75 million over five years “in local reform, research, experimentation, and communications in an effort to create national demand for local justice reform as a means of reducing over-incarceration in America.”…

Positive changes for pregnant inmates

Two stories caught my eye lately dealing with positive changes in treatment for pregnant incarcerated women. In Minnesota, “A legislative advisory committee will present an amended bill to the Legislature this session that aims to raise the standard of care provided to incarcerated pregnant women. The measure would clarify language of a similar law passed…