Rethinking the Nation’s Prisons: Is America Ready for Reform?

Some of the country’s leading practitioners and policymakers on corrections will sit down with formerly incarcerated individuals this month to explore new ideas for reform. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium, meeting at John Jay College Feb. 20-21, features keynote speakers Leann Bertsch, head of North Dakota’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, chair of the New Jersey Reentry Commission.


The Next Step in Prison Reform: Release Aging Inmates?

Even as New York politicians wrangle over efforts to water down the state’s historic new bail reform law, some politicians are pushing for even more fundamental reforms. A bill introduced by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera would require parole boards to evaluate an inmate’s “growth”—a measure he says would especially benefit elderly prisoners.

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When It Comes to Parole Supervision, Less is More

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Two experts on incarceration reform ask: Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety?

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Philadelphia’s ‘Probation Trap’ Ensnares African Americans: Report

A “courthouse culture” has kept African Americans in Philadelphia on probation at a rate 54 percent higher than whites, the Philadelphia Inquirer says in a new series. The findings, which underline a system that sends many individuals back to prison on technical violations — most famously the rapper Meek Mill — confirm nationwide criticism of the community supervision system as a major driver of mass incarceration.