Rhode Island has become the 15th state in the country to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana!
August 1, 2012 - 12:58pm

Decriminalizing the Possession of Marijuana

Rhode Island has become the 15th state in the country to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.  The legislation was sponsored by Representative Edwards of Tiverton and Senator Josh Miller of Cranston, and Governor Chaffee signed the law on June 13.  

U.S. Attorney Neronha promotes efforts to keep ex-convicts out of prison
June 16, 2011 - 11:37am

By John Hill

PROVIDENCE — Most of the time, as the federal government’s chief prosecutor for Rhode Island, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha spends his day trying to put criminals in prison. Wednesday, he was talking about how to keep them from returning.

Neronha and his staff were in Providence and Cranston talking about efforts by state and federal agencies as well as nonprofit social-service groups and churches that were working to help newly released prison inmates adjust to life after incarceration.

New York Times Opinion Piece: For Ex-Prisoners, a Haven Away From the Streets
June 14, 2011 - 3:14pm

By Tina Rosenberg

This year, the United States will release nearly three-quarters of a million people from prison, a record high. Nationally, 2.3 million people are in prison in the United States, and 95 percent of them will, at some point, get out and go home.

The Fortune Academy in West Harlem.

For former inmates, mentors make a difference
April 3, 2011 - 9:59pm

By John Hill

Most programs that try to prevent released inmates from going back to prison involve probation officers, job-training classes and counseling visits. But on Wednesday night at the Broad Street offices of OpenDoors this month, it was pizza, backgammon and a book club.

RI Ex-convicts Find Job Search Difficult
August 26, 2010 - 11:33am

She’d gone to Gillette Stadium with three friends, four among hundreds looking for jobs at the Patriots’ home turf. When Freeman’s turn came, the woman at the employment table was more and more encouraging as she went through Freeman’s application.

“It’s ‘Yes, yes, yes, then, oh… wait,’ ” Freeman recalled when the reviewer hit the page where she’d noted her drug conviction. “ ‘What does this say? You have a felony?’ ”

The woman was very nice, Freeman said, almost encouraging, but in the end, “she said, ‘I’d love to, but I can’t.’ ”

The Economist: Rough Justice in America
August 2, 2010 - 1:04pm

Too many laws, too many prisoners

Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little

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