Advocacy as it relates to prison life is doing for others what they can’t do for themselves. Prison advocacy or the action of advocating is getting the same help, benefits, kindness, care or attention for someone else that you would want for yourself.

Limiting Human Contact is Counterproductive

Limiting human contact for prisoners is counterproductive and un-Christian

By:  Joe Van Brussell (see attribution below) 

There is a disturbing trend in the United States toward limiting contact between incarcerated individuals and the outside world. For example, last month the state of New York began a pilot program that banned the direct shipment of food, household items and even books to prisoners, instead requiring senders to choose from the limited offerings of an expensive online vendor. Fortunately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspended the program after a public outcry, but it has not been formally canceled.Read More »Limiting Human Contact is Counterproductive

Smarter Sentencing Reform

Sentencing Reform

There’s a growing movement across the country for sentencing and prison reform.  Many are realizing our current system does not meet the needs of societies current problems.  We can no longer afford, both financially or socially, to maintain the attitude of “lock’em up and throw away the key”.   

Here are two recent articles on the topic.  The first Op-Ed comes from the Denver Post  (yes, Colorado) and the second from WBNS-10TV in Columbus, OH

What makes the Denver Post article noteworthy is the article’s author – The executive director of Colorado Department of Corrections!   The article begins:

“Our criminal justice system is overburdened and costly, and is not making us safer.  

As executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), the safety of Coloradans is my first priority. Every day I work to ensure that dangerous people are behind bars; that our prisons are both secure and environments conducive to rehabilitation; and that when our prisoners have completed their sentences, they are equipped with skills and support to make their transition back into our communities as successful as possible.”

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Justice Department: More family-friendly prisons

The following article appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  A companion article appears on with a single poll question looking for your opinion.  I encourage all LEAF families to read the article and participate in the poll.  It appears anonymous since no log-in is required.  Please participate.   The online article can be found here.  The article mentions the Justice Department’s “plan”.  Its official name is “The Roadmap to Reentry” and a worthwhile read.

Justice Department wants more family-friendly prisons

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National Reentry Week

Reprinted from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs announcing National Reentry Week. 



USDJ office


Washington, D.C. 20531
March 17, 2016


Dear Colleague:


Over the last seven years, the Department of Justice has partnered with state, local, and tribal agencies and national organizations to support hundreds of reentry programs across the country. Thanks to these collaborations – and to the important work each of you is doing in your community – individuals leaving our corrections facilities have benefitted from unprecedented access to job training, healthcare, housing, and other services aimed at putting them on a path to productive, successful lives.

The demand for effective reentry services remains high. More than 600,000 men and women leave our prisons every year andRead More »National Reentry Week