Institute Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer Story on Reducing Mass Incarceration

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

In New Jersey, the focus has been keeping people out of prison in the first place. The Garden State streamlined its parole process and gave judges more flexibility in sentencing low-level drug offenders...

Now to improve those numbers, said Ryan Haygood, who leads the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the emphasis is on small, but important details — getting identification, driver's licenses, and public assistance for people coming out of prison.

"There's still a lot of work to be done," he said.

"On the books, there are more than 1,000 legal impediments [to successful reentry], 600 of them in employment, such as the kinds of licenses you can hold," he said.

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