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/

MD to try day reporting centers as jail alternative

As an alternative to incarceration, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced $540,000 for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to begin a pilot of the state’s first adult day reporting option. It will be offered to nonviolent offenders with substance use disorders, and it will offer treatment including therapy, life skills and education. Hogan said in a statement: “This pilot program is…

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…

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…