Three inmates whose life sentences were commuted in Washington state separately went on to commit crimes after their release. The incidents should have prodded officials to tackle the structural justice reforms that would prevent them from recurring, writes an inmate in one of the state’s correctional institutions.
ByRiley Vetterkind/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism |
Persistent malfunctions in the electronic tracking devices worn by released Wisconsin inmates are prompting some experts in the state to question whether lifetime GPS monitoring is fair, effective, and worth the cost.
Prison-based higher education programs can transform the incarcerated, and they’re a cost-effective investment in public safety. But a Washington State inmate cautions they should only be offered to individuals who will really use them.
Barack Obama inaugurated it last April to mark the emerging bipartisan consensus that the incarcerated deserve a “second chance.” But our investigation suggests that hardliners in the Trump administration have shrugged it off.
Despite “ban the box” legislation in many jurisdictions, it’s still hard to get past the stigma of prison to land decent jobs. Two former NY incarcerees started a nonprofit that provides job counseling even before release, and this month they brought their clients together with prospective employers—with impressive results.
This is the final story in The Crime Report’s six-part Life After Prison series, in which we followed Lorenzo Brooks as he began to rebuild his life after 30 years in prison. In the year since we met Lorenzo, he found a job, reconnected with his family, and began training for a new career. Tomorrow, he applies for college.
An estimated 25-30 percent of the adult population of Americans have criminal records—a “staggering” number which continues to increase, and which should make addressing the barriers that prevent this population from leading productive lives a top priority, says a Harvard Law and Policy Review study.