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…

The New Yorker’s “Milwaukee Experiment”

This New Yorker piece talking about alternatives to incarceration is not to be missed. It’s an in-depth investigation of what Milwaukee is doing to give people options other than prison or jail. The general vibe is that there is a knowledge out there that sentencing tactics must change. In fact, the article says, “By 2014,  federal prosecutors were…

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…

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…