New video: A Formidable Bond

My latest short doc shows how one Massachusetts native maintained a bond with her young daughter thanks to an addiction recovery program that operated as an alternative to incarceration for her and allowed monthly visits.   Please view and check out my new Facebook page dedicated to my video production business called MDB Productions: https://www.facebook.com/mdbvideo/ Advertisements

Is criminal justice still failing women?

This Al Jazeera America piece brings to focus the idea that incarcerated women who are deemed “violent” have not been represented in the mainstream press and pushes the question whether alternatives to incarceration should be considered for murderers. Is there a way, at the outset, to reduce sentences for women who commit crimes because they…

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…

Procedural justice & Massachusetts’ Recovery with Justice program

The Guardian has a great long read talking about procedural justice happening in Newark, N.J. and Red Hook, Brooklyn. This is “an idea that in recent months has become central to the debate about reforming the US criminal justice system. The idea behind procedural justice is that people are far more likely to obey the law if…

Pre-trial alternatives: A path to ease incarceration cycle?

I attended a Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators meeting about justice involved women last Wednesday at the State House in Boston. Erika Kates, senior research scientist at Wellesley Centers for Women, and Meghann Perry, a formerly incarcerated woman, were the two main speakers pushing alternatives for criminally-justice involved women. Kates focused her talk on pre-trial alternatives for women.…