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Ending Crime Checkbox for College Praised by Inmate Advocates

For the first time since 2006, students using the Common Application to apply to college will not need to check a box asking if they have criminal histories. The decision was welcomed as a positive step by advocates of the Ban the Box movement to eliminate barriers to prisoner re-entry.

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A Returning Prisoner’s Story: ‘Hate Consumed Me’

Steven Cave emerged from 23 years in prison following a life of abuse, homelessness and gang violence to start a path towards normalcy.  He credits the intervention of a couple who began visiting him behind bars—as part of a trauma-counseling program that might work for other inmates as well.


FAMM Urges Increased Use of Compassionate Release

Compassionate release programs could be a useful and humane means of reducing the prison population if states were to use them more, according to a report by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). “It’s cruel and wasteful to continue to incarcerate people who no longer pose a threat to our society,” said report author Mary Price.


Not Guilty—But Not Free 

When exonerated individuals finally leave prison, they are often free in name only. For many of them, the struggle to find employment, housing and mental health treatment is the “stuff of nightmares,” writes a former Baltimore public defender.

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After Prison, Coming Home Can be the Toughest Ordeal of All

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.