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March 19, 2021 | Joe Dole
I wrote “The Case For Why Violent Offenders Deserve Parole” in the months prior to the founding of Parole Illinois, an organization that advocates for sentencing reform and decarceration in general. Having our own organization directed by impacted people gives us a megaphone to be heard. So too do…
Cynthia Burnson
March 3, 2021 | Evident Change
Evident Change senior researcher Dr. Cynthia Burnson was recently named a 2021 William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational (ACQ) Scholar. Dr. Burnson will be part of a critical quantitative, computational, and mixed methodologies group working on “critical approaches to data science [th…
March 2, 2021 | Caroline Glesmann
Ending voluntary probation for young people. Reducing or eliminating the use of law enforcement on school campuses. Gaining seats at policymaking tables that influence decisions regarding juvenile justice or education systems. These actions are just a few examples of what a group of California commu…
February 22, 2021 | Ashley Hamilton, PhD
With(in) is a podcast committed to shifting the conversation about who is in prison, specifically within the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC). We do this through meaningful, complex, and enlightening conversations with people who are incarcerated in Colorado as well as those who work in the…
February 12, 2021 | Frederick Paine
One reason for writing “I Spent 20 Years on Death Row” is to share my story with the world. It’s not a particularly extraordinary story nor is it one to spark sympathy. I committed a crime that I’m still paying for, and there’s nothing heroic or awe-inspiring about taking someone’s life. For that I…
February 4, 2021 | Evident Change
The second half of 2020 brought a surge of interest in books about race and social justice as people around the world protested police killings of Black Americans. With an eye toward continuing the movement among many to educate themselves and understand US Black history, and in honor of Black Histo…
January 21, 2021 | Debra Illingworth Greene
Even as the events of early January grabbed our collective attention, the Trump administration managed to finalize a Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that would allow child welfare agencies to discriminate against people who are LGBTQ.  The HHS Services Grants Regulation permits tax-funded so…
January 5, 2021 | Wayne Strong
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long-standing systemic health and social inequities have placed racial and ethnic minority groups at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Research has shown that many Black Americans do not trust health care providers to act in…
Raelene Freitag
December 16, 2020 | Evident Change
After working tirelessly since 1997 to advance the field of child protection through Evident Change, Raelene Freitag, PhD, will retire December 31. As International and Special Projects Manager for Evident Change (formerly the NCCD Children’s Research Center), and earlier as Director of Child Welfar…
December 9, 2020 | NCCD
A new project will help a longtime partner better address one of the most difficult decisions a child welfare worker must make. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has asked Evident Change to develop an intake assessment tool, which is used to determine if a report of child…