A book from mom.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 5/25/17 11:31 AM

Most of us have fond memories of sitting on a lap — maybe mom’s or dad’s or grandma’s — with a book in front of us, anticipating every turn of the page to find out what happens next. And if you’re a parent, maybe you have those memories with your child(ren), their small hands grabbing onto the book, and their attentiveness when you read them the story — the kind of attention that’s hard to get otherwise.

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Topics: criminal justice, prison reform

Putting jails in our neighborhoods.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 5/25/17 11:31 AM

The decision of closing Rikers Island puts jails in our neighborhoods — but before you assume the worst of it, think of this.

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Topics: mass incarceration, criminal justice, prison reform

The last meal.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 5/25/17 11:30 AM

Two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and onions. One triple-patty bacon cheeseburger. An omelette with cheese, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeños. Fried okra with ketchup. A pound of barbecued meat with a half loaf of white bread. Three fajitas. A meat lover’s pizza. A pint of Blue Bell ice cream. Peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Three root beers.

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Topics: mass incarceration, criminal justice, prison reform