How would your life change if you permanently lost your driver’s license? How would you get to work? To the store or the doctor? To see your family? For many people, this is not a hypothetical question. To make it worse, we now know that millions of Americans did not lose their licenses because they […]
Criminal Justice Reform
Each year, more than 620,000 individuals are released from federal and state prisons and many millions more exit our local jails. There are more than 110 million criminal history records in state and federal criminal history archives. These millions of Americans face significant barriers to success when trying to rejoin their community and are frequently left without the opportunity to escape […]
Education changes self-image I’ve been running the program since 2016, when the University of Baltimore became one of 67 colleges to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative. In the last three years, the program has served 63 students, with 43 currently enrolled and taking courses towards a bachelor’s degree […]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he will bring a bipartisan criminal justice bill up for a vote, marking a significant win for the legislation’s supporters, including President Trump. “At the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that has been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the […]
On Wednesday, December 5, business leaders and prominent skilled labor networks, including the National Association of Homebuilders, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber, joined with Justice Action Network in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging support for […]
North Carolina is a leader in smart justice reform, improving public safety while reducing our prison population. While states from Texas to South Carolina have done the same, it is time for a change on both state and federal levels. The current administration and congressional leaders have signaled support for combining prison reform and sentencing […]
By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter (CNN) — The Supreme Court on Thursday will consider an exception to the Fifth Amendment’s ban on prosecuting an individual twice for the same offense in a case that could also possibly impact President Donald Trump’s pardon power as it applies to the Robert Mueller probe.
Conservatives have always been for law and order, obviously. There will always be bad people in this world who deserve punishment. Sometimes it needs to be swift and severe punishment. It’s ridiculous that I should even be saying this.
By Aayushi Pramanik All photography by Robert Robertson The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a Texas prison program is slashing recidivism rates and transforming communities. The fluorescent lighting inside the Sanders Estes prison unit in Venus, Texas is almost blinding. The hallway is lined by windows into recreational rooms filled with inmates. They press their faces up against […]
By: Nila Bala & Naomi Smoot Across the country, nearly 45,000 young people are spending tonight in a detention facility. In some states, records show children as young as 8 are ordered to serve time in youth jails for behaviors as minor as missing school, running away from home, and being out past curfew. While the number of young people who […]