Fighting recidivism through education and rehabilitation

Last week, I shared some thoughts about the prison system and the release of felons into society. My main question was simple: what becomes of an individual, released from prison, who cannot work? The article was met with many comments and questions. I’d like to add some statistics and facts to further emphasize that prison, while necessary for offenders, also needs to include education and rehabilitation. But maybe we also need to educate employers and the people in charge of our justice system. As I previously stated, the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At year-end 2009, there were 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population. According to the U.

Of rehabilitation, human dignity and second chances

A quartet of dogs greeted me at the door upon my arrival last night. I had been away for two days attending a function in San Francisco. By the level of canine joy, one would have thought I’d been gone a month. But a bit of sadness also permeated the space. “Chris?” I asked. “What’s wrong?” “I no longer have a job,” was his downtrodden response. For some time now, Chris had been working with a friend, a fellow falconer, as his assistant. Very hard and physical work for my sixty-year-old spouse. And even though he may not have loved the job, which he certainly didn’t, he loved working with his friend. He loved being useful. He loved being able to earn a living that did not require him to ask

Christopher Boyce, Cait Boyce and Vince Font radio interview

On October 5, the three of us—Chris, Cait and Vince—appeared on John Aberle’s radio show Life Unedited, which broadcasts Saturdays on WCHE 1520 AM in Philadelphia. We spent the better part of an hour talking with John about the book American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman. To listen to the full interview, go here or click the image above. Check out the Interviews & Press page of this website for more TV and radio appearances by Christopher Boyce and Cait Boyce. <-Previous Post — Next Post->

Wired interview with Christopher Boyce

“A smart young dropout is welcomed into a promising career in the top secret world of U.S. defense contracting, but he’s quickly shocked to discover the deception practiced by America’s intelligence agencies at the highest levels. Disillusioned and outraged, he takes matters into his own hands and begins exfiltrating highly-classified documents right under the nose of his employers. Today, that might describe NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But back in 1975, it was 22-year-old Christopher Boyce.” Thus begins the article written by Australian journalist Patrick Gray, which appeared on Wired.com September 27. You can read the full interview here. Gray also broadcast audio from the interview with ad

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