Baltimore is mired in violent crime. Could part of the solution be found in reclaimed wood?

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The U.S. Forest Service has quietly launched a “matchmaking” effort to connect non-profits employing formerly incarcerated workers who deconstruct abandoned buildings in big metropolises such as Baltimore with private companies looking for a dependable supply of reclaimed lumber. Agency officials say the partnerships could go a long way  toward reducing the scourge of violent crime while decreasing the number of ex-offenders …

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,” …

How should we deal with wrongdoing? And you can’t say ‘prison.’

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How should a kid who commits increasingly worse crimes be sentenced? How, more generally, should we respond to wrongdoing? Here’s my challenge to you: In my thought experiment, you can’t answer “prison.” Given that constraint, what punishment should this kid receive? Here are our goals: We want to respond to wrongdoing so as to ensure that victims are made whole, …

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 …

Department Update: Citywide Case Management

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Citywide Case Management celebrates 30 years (April 2015)   The national trend in reducing institutional care in the treatment of the chronically and seriously mentally ill in the 1960s and ’70s resulted in a critical need for mental health services to be provided in the community. San Francisco is a community with a large number of such individuals and as …

Pending loss of Medicaid waiver concerns mental health advocates

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The nationwide opioid crisis has propelled scrutiny in Congress of a longstanding federal rule that restricts the use of Medicaid at large-scale residential treatment facilities. The same law limits Medicaid payments for inpatient mental health treatment at some types of facilities — a regulation Vermont has sidestepped for decades through a waiver. But the waiver is set to expire over …

NEW REPORT FINDS CLASS IS A MORE POTENT PREDICTOR OF INCARCERATION THAN RACE. BUT RACISM DRIVES IT.

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IT’S A FACT that African-Americans are disproportionately represented in America’s prisons. In state prisons, where the majority of prisoners are held, African-Americans are incarcerated at 5.1 times the rate of white Americans. But what remains an open question is what explains this racial incarceration gap; what needs to change to eliminate that gap? Is it a racist economic system that produces …

NEW REPORT FINDS CLASS IS A MORE POTENT PREDICTOR OF INCARCERATION THAN RACE. BUT RACISM DRIVES IT.

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IT’S A FACT that African-Americans are disproportionately represented in America’s prisons. In state prisons, where the majority of prisoners are held, African-Americans are incarcerated at 5.1 times the rate of white Americans. But what remains an open question is what explains this racial incarceration gap; what needs to change to eliminate that gap? Is it a racist economic system that produces …

How to Employ the Formerly Incarcerated to Help Grow Your Business

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Our biggest fear for the economy is that we essentially run out of labor. To gauge the importance, look at the numbers: over 2 million incarcerated, 4.8 million currently on parole or probation, 19 million with a felony conviction on their record, 70 million with some kind of past interaction with the law. Put those numbers against the reality that, …