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Don’t jeopardize stronger families and safer communities



By Artika R. Tyner

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Martha Wright is an 87-year-old grandmother and a retired nurse. When her grandson, Ulandis Forte, went to prison in 1994, she was determined to keep in touch. Wright knew her grandson had made a mistake, but she did not want him to feel abandoned. More than grandmother’s intuition, research also shows that prisoners who maintain family connections are much less likely to re-offend, breaking the crime cycle. When Ulandis was moved to a facility in Arizona, thousands of miles away from his grandmother’s home in the District of Columbia, collect telephone calls were their only means of maintaining a relationship. Continue Reading →

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