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Can COVID-19 Force Us to Take Criminal Justice Reform Seriously?

Prisoners in Washington State have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state corrections chief Steven Sinclair asking for the release of elderly inmates to halt the spread of the coronavirus. This and similar actions elsewhere are adding long-needed momentum to the movement to reduce mass incarceration, writes an inmate.

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Voting Rights for Felons?  Thanks, But No Thanks

Reformers are celebrating the fact that 19 states have restored the right to vote to felons. But the achievement is a distraction from efforts to address the deeper inequities of America’s justice system, writes a TCR columnist.

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Former NJ Gov Calls For Change in ‘Radically Flawed’ Corrections Systems

Speaking at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, Jim McGreevey, who now chairs the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, argued that most community supervision programs lack the resources to offer the practical skills needed to help individuals navigate the  complex transition from prison to civil  society once they have completed  their sentence.

‘The Extraordinary Ordinary Prisoner’

Jeremiah Bourgeois was convicted of murder at age 14, with every expectation he would spend the remainder of his life in prison. A collection of his writings for The Crime Report, published by Amazon this month, tells an extraordinary story of how one man found a path back to redemption—and freedom— after spending 27 years inside America’s carceral state.