Let’s start by being honest. We treat addictions by sending people to prison, particularly if they are poor or a racial minority. That fact is inarguable. Consider the data. Nearly 80% of people charged with a crime are abusing drugs or alcohol at the time of the offense. Nearly 65% of people in prison have […]
Take five minutes to read this testimonial from a former prisoner. Just do it. You will be wiser if you do.
A new research study shows that humane policy and effective practices change recidivism outcomes. More importantly, humane policy and effective practices change lives.
Consider this post as a confession of sorts. Throughout my life, I have witnessed the devastating impacts of addiction. I have seen this both personally, watching friends slip from view; and professionally, with children no more than 10 years old, and seniors nearing their seventh decade. I have a collection of images in my mind.
I’ve been engaged in a running reflection on that sweet spot of the restorative justice approach: ‘doing with.’