What happens when schoolchildren live in violent neighborhoods?

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The effects are broader than previously known, a study finds. Researchers have shown — and teachers know — that schoolchildren exposed to neighborhood violence can have a tougher time learning, experiencing more stress and depression than their peers growing up in safe neighborhoods. But a Johns Hopkins University sociologist discovered that the consequences of neighborhood violence reach further than previously known, …

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

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As the country tries to shrink its aging prison population, the inmates being released after years locked away often have mental illnesses and addictions that can land them back in prison if untreated. Peer health workers are central to an approach connecting former inmates to services and helping them navigate life outside. “We’ve always known incarceration is bad for health,” …

Twice a week, these Texas students circle up and talk about their feelings. It’s lowering suspensions and preventing violence.

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“Sometimes those behaviors we see as discipline problems really are because the student is struggling with their academics,” Principal La’Quesha Grigsby said. “We’re in a situation where we have to do something drastic … because what we’ve been doing is not working.” Over the past decade, schools across the country have looked to restorative justice — also referred to as …

Raising babies behind bars

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A bold experiment in parenting and punishment is allowing children in prison. But is that a good thing? The number of women behind bars increased more than 700 percent between 1980 and 2016, from roughly 26,000 to nearly 214,000, according to the Sentencing Project. The growth outpaced the increase in male incarceration by roughly 50 percent. The latest statistics on parents in …

California leads the nation in sending former inmates to college. Will other states follow?

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The Stanford Criminal Justice Center and the Opportunity Institute released a report last month showing that the state was able to change the prospects for thousands of current and former inmates dramatically through access to higher education. According to the Stanford report, nearly 4,500 inmates were enrolled in face-to-face community college classes in the fall of 2017 — more than in …

In Billerica, Young Prisoners Give Freedom A Trial Run

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At Middlesex House of Corrections in Massachusetts, the P.A.C.T. unit, which stands for People Achieving Change Together, opened in February, 2018. P.A.C.T. was born out of a collaboration between Middlesex County and the Vera Institute of Justice, a non-profit research group based in New York City. The premise of the unit is to reflect life on the outside. Inmates there …

In Billerica, Young Prisoners Give Freedom A Trial Run

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At Middlesex House of Corrections in Massachusetts, the P.A.C.T. unit, which stands for People Achieving Change Together, opened in February, 2018. P.A.C.T. was born out of a collaboration between Middlesex County and the Vera Institute of Justice, a non-profit research group based in New York City. The premise of the unit is to reflect life on the outside. Inmates there …

A CRIMINAL PAST, AN UNWRITTEN FUTURE|

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Their message to these young men was simple: “You may be locked up, but your mind can still be free.” Over time, what started as a book club transformed into a robust operation that supports D.C. men from the day they are arrested to the day they come home and beyond. “They helped me change my whole mindset of going …

A CRIMINAL PAST, AN UNWRITTEN FUTURE|

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Their message to these young men was simple: “You may be locked up, but your mind can still be free.” Over time, what started as a book club transformed into a robust operation that supports D.C. men from the day they are arrested to the day they come home and beyond. “They helped me change my whole mindset of going …

Opinion: Turn Prisons Into Colleges

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While racial disparities in arrests and convictions are alarming, education level is a far stronger predictor of future incarceration than race. Today, only a third of all prisons provide ways for incarcerated people to continue their educations beyond high school. The idea of expanding educational opportunities to prisoners as a way to reduce recidivism and government spending has again gained …