"Today when I think of reentry court, I am reminded that nearly every offender sentenced to time in custody will return to the community from whence they came. And thus, every sentencing court is in fact, a reentry court, creating a pathway for the offender’s reentry into society." -Jeff Tauber


WHY DRUG ADDICTION IS SIMPLER THAN YOU THOUGHT    A five minute video, based on the book by Johann Hari, “Chasing the Scream”, was put out by Patreon (they welcome your contributions through their website, Patreon.com) It describes the causes of addiciton and the “Cure” in a clear and simple way for the lay person (as … Read moreCOMMENTARY


GROWING SOCIAL INEQUALITY LINKED TO HARSH CRIMINAL SENTENCES A recent research paper out of Great Britain, finds that “public anger toward crime and support for harsh criminal justice policy ia linked to factors associated with social inequality.” The paper written by Carolyn Cote-Lussier, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, is titled, “The … Read moreCOMMENTARY

The Troubling Paradox in the Rise of Life Sentences

The Sentencing Project’s recent report on increases in both the term and number of life sentences imposed is reason for concern as prison reform moves forward

NIJ Impact Evaluation on Reentry Courts due soon

A National Institute of Justice preliminary evaluation of eight reentry courts provides an excellent description of the participating jurisdictions’ structures

Cesare Beccaria: The Founder of Modern Penology

THE BEST OF: The following article, initially published on April 11,2010,  provides a brief historical context for the success of Hawaii’s highly praised HOPE Program. If there is any certainty about our ideas for penal reforms, it is that they are mostly a reiteration of what has been said or written before. Mark Kleiman and Angekla … Read moreCesare Beccaria: The Founder of Modern Penology

High Risk Offenders Do Better IN Half-Way Houses

New University of Cincinatti study finds high risk offenders in residential programs have lowered recidivism rate while low risk offenders have increased rates

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