Chronicles of recovery #1: Lois

This is Lois. She’s a mother of five and grandmother of eight, soon nine. “Them ‘bebe’s kids’,” Lois used to say of her four sons and one daughter when they were young. She explains that they were “bad-ass, bad kids”—rowdy children often not under the control of an adult. She’s not proud, and she knows…

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…

Mass. releases opioid report: Mothers deserve “specialized care”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker released the findings of his working group devoted to the opioid epidemic. The report supports alternatives to arrest.  “We are not going to arrest or incarcerate our way out of this,” Attorney General Maura Healy said, according to a Boston Globe report. “Addiction must be treated like any other chronic illness.”…

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.…

New York establishes grants for task forces to help formerly incarcerated

Nice to see the State of New York offering new grants to formerly incarcerated people via certain re-entry task forces. The goals are to reduce recidivism, provide job training and behavioral intervention programs, among other aspects. From the June 1 press release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $3.3 million for re-entry task forces in…