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Pandemic Leads to Early Prisoner Release, But Finding Housing for Them Remains Difficult

As the infection rate at jails in places like New York began to climb, officials started looking for criteria to use in determining which inmates could be released. Then they ran into a familiar but now heightened dilemma.

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Arts & Culture

New Visions of Justice Through the Camera Lens

An experimental learning opportunity allows formerly incarcerated individuals to use photography to explore ideas of freedom, complex relationships, and their personal experience with the criminal justice system.

Housing

Using Inmate Labor to Build Affordable Housing

How do we balance the need to provide job training to those incarcerated with the need to ensure that prisoners are not exploited for their work?

Policy

Reaching Out to Voters in the Justice System

Many people lose their right to vote while incarcerated and don’t regain it after their sentences are over. There are many more people involved in the justice system who can vote but don’t know it. Communities could increase their political power if they could reach these voters.

Housing

Can Housing Interventions Reduce Incarceration and Recidivism?

The dual challenge of reducing housing instability and incarceration rates is no easy feat. But there are promising strategies available that could help alleviate the complex problems.

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Eviction

The Week in Community Development—May 31

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: Making the Cannabis Industry More Accessible, and Equitable | Criminalizing Protest | Chicago Evictions and Race | Regulating Public *and* Private Art in Upstate NY | The Flooding Continues | More…

Health

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Dec. 7

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: ride-hail drivers win living wage, NYT headline gaff, NJ police use of force exposé, Airbnb as developer, more.

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Housing

Housing Authority Eliminates Ban of Ex-Offenders

With the approval of new background check procedures, a criminal conviction won’t automatically disqualify a person from receiving public housing or voucher assistance in New Orleans.

Communities

Answers from Red States for Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Left, right or center, few dispute that our criminal justice system is broken. But two new and thrilling victories this month are giving real hope to activists who want more effective […]