Category Archives: Reentry

“Reentry,” currently a buzzword, is simply the very moment people reenter society after a stint in prison or jail.

An Open Letter to Our Friends on the Question of Language, by Eddie Ellis, President, NuLeadership on Urban Solutions

Dear Friends: The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions is a human justice policy, advocacy and training center founded, directed and staffed by academics and activists who were formerly incarcerated.  It is the first and only one of its kind … Continue reading

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Words Matter: Another Look at the Question of Language, by Eddie Ellis, President, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions

We need to be constantly reminded about this language: Words matter.  They shape perceptions and understanding, both of past and present events and of future possibilities and, therefore, future events.  Semantic and public acceptance of terms like “formerly incarcerated” or … Continue reading

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Redlining, Reentry, and the Nonprofit Game

The past twenty years I have worked in the nonprofit sector which, if it wasn’t a business entity, would provide a classic illustration of a misnomer, because many entities and people profit in this sector, some much more than others. … Continue reading

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Death of a Police Officer

There’s this politically correct narrative happening right before our eyes around the killing of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, that police lives matter more than Black lives, and other lives. Of course, this is just one more senseless killing in Gotham, … Continue reading

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Being Bernard Kerik…after Prison

This morning, on 77 WABC Talk Radio, Rita Cosby — @RitaCosby — interviewed Bernard Kerik, former, corrupt Correction and Police Commissioner of Gotham who, after a bit in the darkness of prison, has come to see the light about our … Continue reading

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“The Justice Imperative” — The Key to Criminal Justice Reform

The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream, is a book about the criminal justice and corrections system in Connecticut, but it is also a book about the criminal justice and corrections systems in the country, by the … Continue reading

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Eddie Ellis and Criminal Justice Language

When I think of the life and legacy of Eddie Ellis, I think of his Criminal Justice Language Letter, a short, simple, but seminal letter that began to change the discourse in criminal justice, first in New York State, and … Continue reading

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