Criminal Justice Insider
by Thomas Breen | Mar 18, 2019 2:21 pm | Comments (4)
Dieter Tejada wants to diversify the legal profession.
Not necessarily by race or by class or by gender. But by an identity he believes is most underrepresented among lawyers today: people who have actually spent time behind bars.
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by Thomas Breen | Mar 6, 2019 1:22 pm | Comments (6)
When Rollin Cook started his career as a correctional officer in Utah 30 years ago, the criminal justice system prioritized handling inmates with force.
As the new head of Connecticut’s prison system, Cook plans to build off of his predecessor’s reform legacy by championing communication and rehabilitation rather than physical punishment for those behind bars, as well as anti-discrimination for the recently released.
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by Thomas Breen | Feb 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Jeffrey Abramowitz read over 1,000 books and taught over 50 classes while behind bars.
Now out of prison but still on probation, the trial lawyer-turned-criminal justice reformer still sees the best route to successful reentry coming through a combination of self-improvement, adult education, and more and better job opportunities for the recently incarcerated.
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by Thomas Breen | Jan 23, 2019 2:14 pm | Comments (4)
The government will always prioritize going after insider traders over subprime mortgage lenders. Even if the latter precipitate a nationwide financial crisis.
Why? Because one kind of case is sexy to prosecute. And the other is difficult.
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by Thomas Breen | Jan 3, 2019 4:02 pm | Comments (15)
Ban the box, not just for job applications, but for housing applications, too.
A criminal justice reform group plans to pitch that idea to the state legislature this coming session as part of recommendations on how to create housing opportunities for Connecticut’s recently incarcerated.
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by Thomas Breen | Dec 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Glenn E. Martin spent eight years of his youth sticking up jewelry stores. He spent nearly four years of his adulthood raising tens of millions of dollars to help end mass incarceration.
In Martin’s mind, those two phases of his life are not as different as one might think.
Continue reading ‘Criminal Justice Crusader Reflects On Mass Incarceration, #MeToo’
by Thomas Breen | Nov 23, 2018 10:04 am | Comments (2)
Undoing mass incarceration isn’t just about providing ex-offenders a second chance to reintegrate into society after release.
It’s also about giving our whole society a second chance to rethink the conditions and policies that lead to mass incarceration in the first place.
Continue reading ‘Society Needs A “Second Chance,” Too’
by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 23, 2018 12:48 pm | Comments (2)
Venezia “Venice” Michalsen likes to imagine a world without incarceration, or at the very least, a world where incarceration has been reduced in the United States—the world’s leading incarcerator.
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by Thomas Breen | Sep 28, 2018 12:07 pm
Louis Reed planned to kill himself last year after he was arrested for allegedly forging checks, then lost his job as Bridgeport’s prison reentry director, and then was rearrested on another round of check forgery charges.
Continue reading ‘Criminal Justice Reformer Refuses To Give Up’
by Thomas Breen | Sep 12, 2018 12:19 pm | Comments (2)
In November 2013, Kennard Ray got the job as deputy chief of staff to then-Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
But less than one day after his appointment, Ray withdrew his nomination for the position under pressure from a mayoral administration that claimed it knew nothing about Ray’s decade-old criminal record until a local newspaper started asking.
Continue reading ‘Criminal Record Controversy Propels Legislative Candidate’