Over-incarceration crosses political, demographic lines

Regardless of how big political disagreements may seem, there are issues that transcend political lines, and criminal justice reform is one of those issues. I know from personal experience that nothing compares to the struggle of seeing that while the holidays are a joy for so many, they can also be a reminder....

Could This be the Season?

During this season of “thanks” and “giving,” the NIA would like for all Americans to take a solemn moment to really focus on the similarities between families as victims of crime and families impacted by the consequences of incarceration...

A Mother’s Love…

This isn’t my story. This is a story of unwavering passion and determination. This is a story of a mother’s love.

Why Can’t We Redeem the Sex Offender?

Photo by Michael Coghlan via Flickr By Rory Fleming | July 16,2018 via TheCrimeReport.Org When large nonprofit organizations otherwise committed to making the American justice system less draconian hire people with violent criminal records, they send a strong message that justice-involved people change, and are capable of not only reentry but success. But these same […]

The Freedom to be Authentic this Fourth of July

By Kate Boccia Edited by Mark Olmsted I was born in the Midwest from somewhat humble beginnings. At the tender age of 5 we moved to New England where I began school. Every morning we placed our right hand over our hearts and said the Pledge of Allegiance. It was so automatic that we became […]

Probation Trap

If you are knowledgeable about the criminal justice system, it is no secret that the current structure makes recidivism inevitable. The social isolation inmates experience in correctional facilities deprives them of any social and moral skills that would help anyone reintegrate back in society.

Dear Mothers

As we celebrate mothers on Mother’s Day, let us not forget who mothers really are. Mothers are amazing women who love so unconditionally.

They Call Me Momma Kate

Momma Kate is part of a small package of mammas who devote a lot of attention to the incarcerated and their families, and instinctively they can’t turn their backs on a family in distress.

Treat ‘em Like Dogs (Please)

When my son was first convicted, I was thrust into an arena that was beyond my wildest fears. The chaos and destruction of my world was devastating. My son was suicidal and in a system that could not and would not help me help him. I knew in my heart that I would fight every day for his life.