How prison does nothing to make society better

Brandon lives in Florida and I live in New York, so good cousin bonding time has been hard to come by. However, this past November we had a weekend together at a family wedding. He grabs a beer, grins and says, “There’s a lot to tell. What do you want to know about me?”

After years of addiction, Christopher Kennedy transforming into the ‘person of his dreams’

Christopher Kennedy became an alcoholic at age 22, resulting in his becoming homeless. He was frequently arrested for drinking in public, fighting, civilian misconduct and resisting arrest. He went to jail multiple times, typically for 24-hour periods. Kennedy, an Army veteran, knows what it’s like to “do the time.” He spent two of his birthdays in rehab and multiple nights in various county jails. After one stint behind bars, Kennedy decided to get his life back.

Saint Louis University program gives inmates tools needed to re-enter society

The Transformative Justice Initiative is giving former prisoners in Missouri the skills they need to reintegrate themselves into society. It is a program operated through Saint Louis University and teaches both formerly and presently incarcerated men and women how to change their lives for the better. The program focuses on helping people be successful and join the job market upon release.