Restorative Justice and the Prison System

Brother Michael Maher continues to work for justice for those marginalized in prison systems. Through his work with restorative justice, Michael continues to raise awareness of and advocate for individuals and groups of persons whose rights have been violated while incarcerated. See below for links to various articles related to these abuses:


VERA Institute (US)

Reimagining Prison Web Report

The link is to a 136 page downloadable pdf that looks at the inhumanity and failures of the prison system and the jails in the US and makes recommendations for genuine reform. The key: "The harsh conditions within prisons have been demonstrated neither to ensure safety behind the walls nor to prevent crime and victimization in the community... It is time to acknowledge that this country has long used state punishment generally-and incarceration specifically-to subordinate racial and ethnic minorities."

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The Philadelphia Inquirer (US) – Editorial (July 15, 2019)

Prison gerrymandering unfair to Philadelphia and other cities | Editorial

In the US, inmates in prison are not entitled to vote in most states. When a census is done, the inmates are counted as belonging to the place of residence when arrested. Washington, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and California count inmates accordingly when determining electoral districts by requiring prisoners to be counted at their pre-incarceration address. Some, like Pennsylvania, use the inmate numbers to strengthen the count for rural vs urban political gerrymandering, since prisons are almost inevitably in rural districts.

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The Marshall Project (US) - Christie Thompson

Two Friends Were Found Guilty of the Same Murder. Only One Is Free. His co-defendant was acquitted based on new evidence, but prosecutors are still fighting to keep Andrew Krivak in prison.

This link is helpful in putting in the spotlight the value of a confession in blocking the appeal of a person convicted. Two men, Krivak and Anthony DiPippo were convicted in separate trials on the same evidence with the exception that Krivak confessed after being told falsely he failed the lie detector test and after seven hours of questioning by police. The case raises the issue of false confessions and how frequently it occurs under aggressive police interrogations.

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