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…

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…

Alternative to incarceration programs provide benefits but face funding hurdles

Send a woman to jail, remove her from the bonds of her children and family and it increases the chances she’ll be incarcerated again. Send a woman to jail and her children could be more likely to go eventually, too. It’s an invisible cycle happening to families nationwide. But change is afoot. A growing awareness…