Automatic Expungement

Host Andre Ward talks with guest Judith Whiting, general counsel for the Community Service Society, a Manhattan-based anti-poverty non-profit, about the importance of automatic expungement for people with histories of involvement in the criminal legal system. Automatic expungement is fundamental to...

Housing Rights for People with Criminal Legal Histories

Host Andre Ward talks with Tabber B. Benedict, Housing Advocate/Special Assistant at The Fortune Society; Michael Chin, Civil Rights Enforcement Manager, Seattle Office for Civil Rights; and Ian Wilder, Executive Director, Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) about discriminatory practices against...

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...