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How To Help Hundreds Of Women Who Have Been In The Criminal Justice System

Hi. I know you normally come here looking for the very latest in mildly snarky commentary on what’s gone well for the defense in the federal circuit courts. Trust me, we’ll be back to that very soon.

I wanted to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming with a request for money this holiday season.

If you read this blog, you’re likely interested in how people are treated in our criminal justice system. One organization is doing a lot to improve things for people who have been convicted of a crime.

Our Place DC is a really cool and tremendously effective organization. [FN1] They help women who are getting out of prison reestablish their lives and reconnect with their communities and their families. You can donate to Our Place at this link.

Here’s a short movie about Our Place and its work:

Our Place does a lot that’s great. One tremendously important program – that I am a huge fan of – are prison trips for families that Our Place makes possible.

Women in DC who are convicted of a crime and sentenced in prison – whether in federal court or the D.C. Superior Court – serve their sentences at the FCI in Danbury Connecticut, the FCI in Hazelton, West Virginia, and in other federal prisons around the country.

Their families are most often unable to visit them, because the prisons are so remote. Our Place organizes trips for family members of incarcerated women to visit these prisons. Without Our Place, a prison sentence for these women could mean that they wouldn’t see their kids for years.

I know it’s a bad economy and there are a lot of worthy causes asking for your donations. Please consider Our Place. They do great work for a great number of women.

You can donate at this link.

[FN1] – in the interests of full disclosure, I’m on the Our Place board.