Can People Change for the Better in Prison?

The answer requires recognizing, first, that the current prison system is not designed to promote positive transformation, says Lila Kazemian, an associate professor at John Jay College and author of a new book examining the conditions that can foster “desistance” from crime in prison.


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.