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Reentry News
  • Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms

    The report in Mr. Loomis’s case was produced by a product called Compas, sold by Northpointe Inc. It included a series of bar charts that assessed the risk that Mr. Loomis would commit more crimes.
    …a report from ProPublica about Compas that concluded that black defendants in Broward County, Fla., “were far more likely than white defendants to be incorrectly judged to be at a higher rate of recidivism.”
    Compas and other products with similar algorithms play a role in many states’ criminal justice systems. “These proprietary techniques are used to set bail, determine sentences, and even contribute to determinations about guilt or innocence,” a report from the Electronic Privacy Information Center found. “Yet the inner workings of these tools are largely hidden from public view.”
  • Rikers Island Commission Unveils Plan to Shut Down Jail Complex

    “This is a historic day. With the release of this report and the support of the mayor as announced on Friday, we can now say that the dream of closing Rikers will become a reality.” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, the City Council speaker who created the commission.
  • The Baltimore Sun: Port Covington should commit to hiring ex-offenders

    What can be done to keep people from cycling back into the system? Let's start with jobs. Sustainable employment may be our single best opportunity to significantly reduce recidivism.
  • False Hope and a Needless Death Behind Bars in NY

    We need to ask ourselves "What is the purpose of 'corrections'?" and "Are we achieving our goals?"
  • Cascade Engineering, in western Michigan, discusses hiring the formerly incarcerated

    Michigan Public Radio Interview
    With the company's vice president, Kenyatta Brame, and Jahaun McKinley, formerly incarcerated and lean manager at Cascade who has been with the company for six years.
  • National Reentry Week: April 24 - 30

    Courtesy of Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch
    ....we're raising awareness of the importance of reentry strategies that increase public safety and fulfill our nation's promise of redemption...which can reduce crime and make our neighborhoods better places to live.
  • Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016

    by The Prison Policy Initiative
    Does the United States have more than 2 million people in prison? Are most people locked up for drug offenses? This report offers some clarity....
  • Worker Ownership Behind Bars

    A cooperative in Puerto Rico's Guayama prison, started in 2003, has helped dozens of incarcerated individuals reduce their sentences and return to their communities. Inmate Gordon Nembhard said "The co-op provides a different point of view. It's not 'me against the world'. It's the co-op and my fellow members working and thinking together. That is transformational."