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...

Parole Reform... Less Is More

Parole reform has become an important issue within the criminal legal reform world, to talk to us about these issues host Andre Ward welcomes Vincent Schiraldi, Co-director of Columbia University's Justice Lab and a Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia School of Social Work.

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...

Functional News for Transparency and Uplifting Spirits

The Fortune Society's Andre Ward hosts Lawrence Bartley, director of "News Inside" at The Marshall Project, who discusses the launch of the print publication that will be distributed in prisons and jails, as well as his work as a journalist at The Marshall Project. They also talk about some of the...