Five Pressing Issues For American Probation

Five Pressing Issues For American Probation

Last week, we explored the history of American probation, from John Augustus to Martinson’s course altering “What Works? Questions and Answers About Prison Reform,” before finally digging into policy changes in the 80s and 90s that laid the groundwork for modern...
Five Pressing Issues For American Probation

A Quick History of Probation: Part 3

This week we’re diving into the history of probation. So far we’ve covered Early Probation and The Great Shift, we’re wrapping up the series with at look at the 80s and 90s and the rise of strict correctional control. The Rise of Strict Correctional...
Five Pressing Issues For American Probation

A Quick History of Probation: Part 2

Earlier this week, we dove into the early years of probation. Part two, looks at the early 1970s and the one research article changed the course of American probation. The Great Shift In 1974, The Public Interest published Robert Martinson’s “What Works? Questions and...
Five Pressing Issues For American Probation

A Quick History of Probation

Did you know that it wasn’t until 1956 that every U.S. state had probation laws? Given the huge role probation plays in the modern criminal system, it’s hard to fathom that just 65 years ago that wasn’t the case. Now probation is the most common criminal sentence in...
Rayshard Brooks: In his own words.

Rayshard Brooks: In his own words.

In February of this year, we set out to record the experiences of those who struggle within the criminal justice system in this country. We put out a Craigslist ad looking for people on probation or parole who were willing to share their story on camera in Atlanta or...