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by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 12, 2018 12:36 pm | Comments (3)
Bill Carbone has had a plaque on his desk for 30 years with a quote from Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Carbone said it sums up the mission of the Tow Youth Justice Institute.
Continue reading ‘Carbone Fans The Youth Justice Flame’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 22, 2018 12:54 pm | Comments (5)
When James Forman Jr. first came to New Haven to teach at Yale Law School he thought things might be different from what he had been seeing in Washington, D.C. — black people in authority locking up their own.
In the case of New Haven, he found black public school officials, at least to some degree, deciding harshly the fate of black students.
Continue reading ‘Forman: We’re Expelling Our Own, Too’
by Thomas Breen | Jun 4, 2018 12:00 pm | Comments (9)
Mike Lawlor has three goals for criminal justice reform in Connecticut: Reduce crime. Reduce spending. And restore the public’s confidence in the system.
Continue reading ‘Lawlor Sees Progress On Reform’
by Thomas Breen | May 22, 2018 1:01 pm | Comments (1)
Mortgage fraud sent Jacqueline Polverari to federal prison for six months. A compulsive perfectionism and a desperate commitment to her family put her on the path to white-collar crime in the first place.
Continue reading ‘From Mortgage Fraud To Criminal Justice Reform’
by Thomas Breen | May 10, 2018 12:25 pm | Comments (1)
Earl Bloodworth has never served time in prison himself. But a tense encounter with the New Haven police when he was a teenager helped spur him to pursue a second career some two decades later that focuses on helping the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into the city he still calls home.
Continue reading ‘Teen Encounter With Cops Spurred Reform Advocate’
by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Daee Muhammad McKnight found his second chance while serving 17 years of a 25-year sentence for murder. Through his Islamic faith and volunteer programs in the prison, he transformed his life.
He wants other formerly incarcerated people to have the same chances — and he worries the state’s ongoing budget woes threaten those possibilities.
Continue reading ‘From Second Chance To No Chance Connecticut?’
by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 12, 2018 7:56 am | Comments (1)
Brent Peterkin came to work at the intersection of communities and law enforcement because of a debt he said he needs to repay.
The debt is to his Bronx homeboys who weren’t necessarily doing the right thing and staying out of trouble but always made sure he did.
Continue reading ‘Project Longevity Coordinator Works Off A Debt’
by Thomas Breen | Mar 23, 2018 12:14 pm | Comments (1)
John Santa first went to prison in 1997. He wasn’t there because of any crime he had committed. He went to visit a friend who was serving a four-year sentence for embezzlement, and came away from that brief encounter a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform.
Continue reading ‘Ex-CEO Serves Justice Reform “Life Sentence”’
by Thomas Breen | Mar 7, 2018 2:06 pm | Comments (6)
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim is running for governor not despite his past felony convictions — but, he said, in part because he wants to share with Connecticut residents the lessons he learned while behind bars.
Continue reading ‘Ganim Describes Path Back From Prison’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 20, 2018 1:18 pm
Decreasing youth crime and squeezed state budgets have precipitated a transitional period for how Connecticut handles juvenile delinquents.
Continue reading ‘Transition Time For Teens In Trouble’