December 2016 archive

Ban The Box video

Darryl Atkinson appears again on “Adam Ruins Everything: Prison”, with Dorsey Nunn, concerning efforts to “Ban The Box”.  

Lack of prison educational opportunities video

Darryl Atkinson on “Adam Ruins Everything: Prison” regarding lack of educational opportunities in our prison system.  

Kalief Browder Learned How to Commit Suicide on Rikers

The New Yorker By Jennifer Gonnerman  June 2, 2016 On June 6, 2015, Kalief Browder took his own life at his home, in the Bronx. He was twenty-two years old. He had been released from Rikers Island two years earlier, ending an ordeal that had begun on a spring night in 2010, when he had …

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Another Eye-Popping Statistic    Steven Yoder: “Earlier this year, I talked to the press spokesperson for a state senator who was proposing a new ban targeting those on the state’s sex offender registry. I asked her about the purpose of the legislation–why focus on this group of ex-offenders? The question seemed to catch her off guard: “Oh! …

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For Ex-Prisoners and Their Families, a New Language Offers Hope

From: ” “We’re all ex-somethings,” says founder and CEO Catherine Hoke, who launched Defy in 2010 after developing a similar program for the Texas prison system. “I wish we’d ask ourselves, ‘What would it be like if I was only known for the worst thing I’d done?’” She continues: “Moved by empathy, we’d recognize …

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