Ending Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails & NYS Prisons

In this episode of "Both Sides of the Bars," we are joined by The Fortune Society’s Executive Vice President and Board of Corrections member Stanley Richards and HALT Solitary Confinement’s statewide organizer Jerome Wright to talk about the ending of solitary confinement in NYC jails and the...

Repairing Today's Ineffective Justice System Strategies

American prisons house more than 1.5 million individuals, an increase of over 390% since 1978. This growth persisted even in the face of an overarching decline in crime rates since the 1990s and the longest terms of incarceration since we began to collect accurate data. Over 600,000 men and women...

The 2020 Census: Stand And Be Counted!

Today, “Both Sides of the Bars” will discuss the importance of the 2020 Census and what people can do to participate in it. The Fortune Society’s Andre Ward hosts guest Kathleen Daniel, field director of NYC Census 2020, an organizing initiative established to ensure a complete and accurate count of...

Honoring and Serving Veterans 364 Days per Year

November is the month where we dedicate a day specifically to honoring and appreciating the bravery and service of our veterans. But as we continuously learn more about the collateral consequences of military experience, we are pressed to ask, are we meeting the needs of our current veteran...

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

A reflection and examination of the final phrase of the Star Spangled Banner.

Is the United States really the land of the free and home of the brave?

The American criminal justice system holds approximately 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 109 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional...