Avoiding prison possible more often in Mass.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I’m sorry for that. My work at Northeastern has been quite busy, and I have some exciting projects to be revealed soon. I am heartened to see this recent news in The Boston Globe about sentencing alternatives for low level federal drug violators. The RISE program, which stands…

Chronicles of recovery #1: Lois

This is Lois. She’s a mother of five and grandmother of eight, soon nine. “Them ‘bebe’s kids’,” Lois used to say of her four sons and one daughter when they were young. She explains that they were “bad-ass, bad kids”—rowdy children often not under the control of an adult. She’s not proud, and she knows…