A Plan to Tackle the Opioid Crisis: The Good, the Bad, and the Missing

The “CARE Act,” a bill addressing the opioid crisis, is moving its way through the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. Proposed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, “An Act Relative to Combating Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention” is offered as a “comprehensive approach to addressing the problem … Continue reading A Plan to Tackle the Opioid Crisis: The Good, the Bad, and the Missing

Thinking Outside the Cell: Concrete Suggestions for Positive Change

feature image by Patricia Aridjis “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Davis From the cushioned luxury of my university perch, I’ve spent a great deal of time and spilled a great deal of ink critiquing the institutional circuit of jails, rehab programs, … Continue reading Thinking Outside the Cell: Concrete Suggestions for Positive Change

Alternatives to Incarceration: Be Careful What You Wish For

As awareness is growing of the financial and human costs associated with mass incarceration, we’re hearing talk from politicians on both sides of the aisle (and, believe it or not, even from the Koch Brothers) about the need for “alternatives to incarceration” (ATIs). The term “alternatives to incarceration” takes for granted that we are talking about … Continue reading Alternatives to Incarceration: Be Careful What You Wish For