The Collateral Consequences Resource Center’s analysis of reentry laws across the U.S. found significant improvements in record expungement, employment counseling and other incentives for successful reintegration. But the authors noted many states are still falling short.
Already ahead of many cities in re-entry services, thanks in part to a privately funded project, Dallas will direct state aid toward job training and housing for the formerly incarcerated. One supporter calls it a first step toward reimagining public safety.
In a recent turn-the-tables exercise, some of the nation’s leading prosecutors experienced the confusion and frustration of incarcerated people released from prison. Their teachers: individuals who had been through it in real life.
Florida lawmakers voted to require people convicted of felonies to pay off all fines, fees and restitution before registering to vote. That would deny hundreds of thousands of people the voting rights they gained when voters approved a constitutional amendment, says the amendment’s chief supporter.
The president’s hardline stance on the Affordable Care Act threatens to reduce access to the medical and mental health care needed by older individuals after they leave prison. That would undercut the promise of the recently signed First Step Act.
Prison is often just a stop along the road for individuals who have been struggling with victimization all their lives, says Bruce Western, author of a new book exploring returning inmates’ experiences. That’s why the justice system should rethink its approach to who it punishes—and how—he argued during a talk in New York Thursday.
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.
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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.