Catch 22: COVID-19 & immediate release of returning citizens

Throughout the country, there has been discussion, attempts, and the actual release of people from prisons and jails. The influence of the current COVID-19 health crisis has on the conditions, treatment, and medical care of inmates has been eye-opening at best and disheartening at worst. As necessary as it is to consider the overall conditions…

Incarceration & Our Current Health Crisis

The world is in a current health crisis due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus (better known as the Coronavirus). There has been a massive shut down of different businesses, except for those employed in industries considered “essential”. This epidemic has negatively impacted many people across the world. There are some who have been…

An Opinion Piece: My learning curve

I’ve learned many things being in my field and working with those involved in the legal system. I’ve learned about the overwhelming pressures of family that my clients face (even if they are the ones placing the expectation on themselves). I’ve learned about barriers. The continuous, multifaceted roadblocks that slow down and deter my clients…

The US Legal System Provokes Anxiety

The more I work with people involved in the criminal justice system, the more I witness and understand the profound affects of anxiety. I have heard many anxious provoking thoughts while clients are returning home from federal prison or as they are facing potential incarceration: “what if my family isn’t excited to see me”, “what…

850+

 The American Bar Association defines “collateral sanctions” as: “a legal penalty, disability or disadvantage, however denominated, that is imposed on a person automatically upon that person’s conviction for a felony, misdemeanor or other offense, even if it is not included in the sentence.” 850+.This number marks the estimated laws that impact ones ability to reintegrate into society in…

What is an Advocate?

Dictionary.com states: “verb to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly. Noun a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc; a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor”.  Initially I thought that labeling myself as an advocate created too much pressure. This pressure didn’t stem from other people, but pressure from myself. Within this pressure, I was not sure if I was willing to withstand the backlash for standing up for the rights of…