When Systems Collide: Gwen’s Story

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Franklin Cruz

When I worked in the Bronx criminal justice system, I encountered many examples of poor people of color who had profound needs that were being “met” by cycling them through jail, rather than identifying appropriate services or alternatives that would address the underlying causes of their arrests.

What was striking about so many of these individuals is that by the time they were caught up in the justice system, they had already been involved with multiple public services that should . . .

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