Hello Friends. We’re back with our weekly feature–Pick 6. Our Pick 6 consists of 6 informative, insightful reentry & criminal justice-related news articles and commentaries that we’ve been following throughout the week. We welcome your thoughts and feedback, so don’t be shy!
1.) WATCH IT: Ban The Box (PBS)
“For many people being released from prison and jail, finding employment can be hard, even well after they have served their debt to society. As part of the PBS series “Broken Justice,” William Brangham looks at “Ban the Box,” a movement that aims to make it easier for those with a criminal background to find employment. Former inmate Daryl Atkinson and Beth Milito of the National Federation of Small Business debate the movement.
For more on the “Broken Justice” series, visit the PBS page here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/tag/broken-justice/
***2.) HEAR IT: Preparing Formerly Incarcerated for Success (Michael Santos – Earning Freedom)***
An interview with Katherine Katcher, Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound
“Many people who’ve been charged with a criminal offense struggle with reentry once they return to society. I admire Katherine Katcher, a graduate from UC Berkeley Law School. After earning her law degree and becoming a lawyer, Katherine founded Root and Rebound, a non-profit organization that strives to prepare the formerly incarcerated for success.
Katherine has put together a team of other professionals. Together, the developed the Roadmap to Reentry, a comprehensive guide for those who are returning to society. She and her colleagues train facilitators how to use the 1,200+ page manual. It includes training in nine separate areas of the law. Those who use the resource effectively arm themselves to triumph over many of the challenges that complicate adjustments for the majority of 750,000+ people who return to society each year from America’s jails and prisons.
Katherine spoke with the Earning Freedom audience today, telling us about her inspiring work and the challenges Root and Rebound faces. Next month I’ll travel to Oakland to contribute as a speaker for the group’s annual fund raising event. I’m hopeful that Root and Rebound succeeds in generating the resources it needs to combat the consequences that follow our nation’s commitment to mass incarceration.”
3.) READ IT: Why Carlos Montero Has Been in Rikers for Seven Years Without Trial (The Marshall Project)
“The story of Carlos Montero, who so far has spent 2,431 days in jail without a trial (much less a conviction) immediately raises a series of obvious questions about due process andspeedy trial rights under the Constitution. But Montero is one of hundreds of current jail inmates who are incarcerated indefinitely, despite the fact that no judge or jury ever has convicted them. At Rikers, approximately 400 inmates have been waiting for at least two years for their cases to get to trial.”
4.) DISCUSS IT: Church Massacre Suspect Held as Charleston Grieves (New York Times)
5.) READ IT: Man Arrested as Teen Has Waited 7 Years in Rikers for Trial (NY Post)
“A Manhattan man has spent nearly all of the past seven years locked up on Rikers Island awaiting trial — a dubious record for pretrial incarceration that is not likely to end anytime soon, experts told The Post.
Carlos Montero, now 24, was with two pals when one fatally stabbed a man and the other slashed another during a robbery in Washington Heights on Oct. 23, 2008, authorities have charged.
Montero, who has spent six years and eight months in Rikers, attempted to get his case tried separately — while one of his alleged cohorts fights the DNA evidence — but the judge balked, and his lawyer won’t even seek bail for him now because he says it’s a lost cause.”
*** 6.) WATCH IT: ROOT & REBOUND IS HOSTING A SCREENING OF “LIFE AFTER LIFE on JUNE 25TH “***
As adolescents trapped in a world of drugs, violence, and daily trauma, Noel, Harrison and Chris quickly lost their way. Before they could become adults, they were locked up in prison – given sentences that could leave them in their cells for the rest of their lives. Years later, they were given another chance: parole. Tamara Perkins’ “Life After Life”, follows their stories upon their release – each very different, each with unexpected, often heartbreaking turns and detours. Understated and surprising, “Life After Life” reveals what their paths to a new life – often measure in small awkward steps – can teach us about the prison system, American life, and our own values.
Filmmaker Tamara Perkins and some of the men featured in the film will be present to speak at the June 25th screening at Root & Rebound’s downtown Oakland office (1730 Franklin Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612) from 6pm.