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Content Archives: Outside Voice

Reflections: It’s About Relationships and Community

If I could describe my summer in one word it would be “reflective.” My husband turned fifty in March.  My mom reached eighty-years in June. Our son graduated from high school in May and is heading to college in two weeks. My husband and I will celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in November. Along with […]

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Returns to Prison for Supervision Violations: Full Disclosure

It is important to have a fair, accurate, complete picture of community supervision violations, not just present selected facts to sell a sweeping reform agenda.

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Reimagining A Just Society

I was a public policy major in college back in the 1990’s and had the great fortune of having Oblates of St. Francis De Sales as teachers in many classes including political philosophy and policy analyses.  My favorite Oblate instructor was Bernie Donahue, who taught geopolitics, political thought and policy analyses.  One of the many […]

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JLWOPs DESCRIBE HOW THEY BECAME DIFFERENT PEOPLE: LESSONS FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE?

In working with juvenile lifers (JLWOP) preparing for their resentencing, I am struck by how often these long-confined inmates state that “prison saved my life.” I’ve asked every man who has said this, if they felt that way from the beginning of their state incarceration, which for most happened decades before at about the age […]

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Squeeze More Juice and Cut Them Loose

PA justice reform – let’s maximize existing options and allow parolees to earn their way off supervision.

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Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? Factors That Matter When Suggesting Justice Reform

Labeling offenders as “non-violent” or “violent” is misleading and can impede identifying meaningful justice reform options

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Assessing Risk in Juvenile Lifers: How Much Does History and In-Prison Behavior Matter?

by Kathy Gnall November 5, 2018 Among all states, Pennsylvania has the highest number of adult prisoners who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for murders committed in their teen years. Numbering 518, with more than half sentenced from Philadelphia County, 317 of PA’s Juvenile Lifers have been resentenced as a result […]

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How Men who Murdered as Teenagers, Reframed My Views on Rehabilitation

This blog is the first in a series about Juvenile Lifers and what we might learn about the concept of change and strategies for rehabilitation from them.

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