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November 14, 2018 | John Pfaff
My book, Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform, is the product of over 10 years wrestling with one simple-seeming question: How did the United States end up with so many people in prison? It is a question that has taken on urgency in recent years, as states…
November 9, 2018 | NCCD
Deciding to jail someone while they await trial is a high-stakes decision. Their liberty is temporarily taken from them without their being tried or adjudicated for a crime. Because of this, it is critical that criminal justice agencies make accurate, consistent, and fair decisions pretrial. There a…
November 6, 2018 | NCCD
More than ever, those in the media who doggedly work to investigate important societal issues and produce compelling stories with integrity deserve our support and commendation. When news is tweeted using 280 characters or less, and the US president blames the media for many of our country’s woes, t…
November 6, 2018 | Laura Rena Murray
More than 11,000 transgender youth ages 18 to 24 live in New York City, and at least 15% of them are homeless. Nationally, a third of 1.4 million transgender Americans report experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives; on average, they are 13 years old when they first spend a night on th…
October 5, 2018 | NCCD
____________________________________________________________________________     If you wanted to measure the length of the line above these words, would you use a straight ruler or one that’s bent into an angle? Silly question, clearly. A bent ruler would give you an incorrect answer, so you’d choo…
September 27, 2018 | Ryan Berg
“I try to have fun,” Caridad said in our last interview. “We take Tate on bike rides, I race in the wheelchair with her. We make due, but it’s not the same. Even she said, ‘why don’t we do projects anymore?’ Make clay and make art and garden and plant. It’s so hard to have to explain why your mother…
September 25, 2018 | Ryan Berg
Science cannot yet determine if Caridad’s history of adversity is linked to her having ALS. But it has been determined that higher numbers of adverse experiences consistently yield more health problems. Caridad’s asthma, diabetes, migraines, and obesity could all be related to her lifetime of hardsh…
September 21, 2018 | NCCD
California recently passed legislation to eliminate the use of cash bail, which is a positive and necessary step toward a better justice system. The numerous problems created by cash bail and the unfair burden the cash bail system places on poor defendants—disproportionately people of color—are well…
September 20, 2018 | Ryan Berg
Aric Prather, a research psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, said in an NPR interview that when people experience early-life toxic stress “it actually changes something about them biologically.” Toxic stress may influence how genes get switche…
September 18, 2018 | Ryan Berg
After a series of unsuccessful foster home placements with varying degrees of abuse, Caridad was placed with an older, single woman. Right away Caridad noticed something markedly different about this foster parent. She listened in a way no one had before, and she was understanding of the trauma Cari…