Do we need probation reform?

Probation is one of the original alternative sentences, of course. But what happens when its demands—perhaps due to the judge in charge of a case—are too heavy-handed? How does a judge maintain appropriate punishment, determine if punishment is necessary at all, and take into account the potential public safety danger of the people involved? If someone qualifies…

For-profit prison companies and the handling of incarceration alternatives

A report called “Treatment Industrial Complex” released earlier this month by the American Friends Service Committee, Grassroots Leadership, and the Southern Center for Human Rights, details the sometimes shocking treatment of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. The report’s tagline really sums up what to expect: “How for-profit prison corporations are undermining efforts to treat and rehabilitate…