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Organization Reintegrates Gang Members into Society Using Mentors

Posted on · This week (March 30-April 1, 2017), the Rothko Chapel is hosting a symposium on issues related to criminal justice. The event is called An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration and focuses on the harmful effects of mass incarceration on individuals, families, communities and the nation. There will be workshops, panels and […]

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After the Bid: Documentary Series Focuses on Life After Prison

Posted on · Edrick Browne is a local actor who, in his spare time, takes on projects that give back to the community. And that’s how he found himself teaching a theater class at the Carol Vance Prison in Richmond, Texas. He taught inmates about running equipment on a TV shoot, and they in turn documented their experiences […]

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A new book called Convict Cowboys: The […]

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When it Comes to Criminals, What is Society Willing to Forgive?

Posted on · When it comes to crime, what is our society willing — and not willing — to forgive and what does it mean for folks (like ex-convicts) who seek that forgiveness after paying their debts? We explore the concept of forgiveness with Tamler Sommers, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of […]

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Helping Women Rebuild Their Lives After Prison

Posted on · We examine the challenges women face after leaving prison. We hear the story of former inmate Natasha Jones, and we talk with Marcia Tapp, Resource Development Director at the Houston-based non-profit The Women’s Home, which hopes to provide assistance to women re-entering society in part through the group’s first re-entry summit. Natasha Jones’ Story of […]

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Do Prisoners Receive Adequate Mental Health Treatment While Incarcerated?

Posted on · A recent study finds not enough prisoners receive adequate mental health treatment while incarcerated. We talk with the study’s author, Dr. Jennifer Reingle from the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. We also hear from Harris County Jail Medical Director Dr. Michael Seale about protocols for treatment […]