We can re-imagine prisons and jails with thoughtful, community-minded design. In fact, The Fortune Society has been doing this for years:
“One example of how different jail could be is not a jail at all. It’s The Castle, a 1904 Catholic school turned transitional housing facility, on 140th Street in West Harlem. Opened in 2003 by the nonprofit Fortune Society, the handsome stone building (and modern annex) accepts….[individuals experiencing homelessness and with justice involvement histories]. ‘Most reentry programs would reject these people because of their violent history,’ says JoAnne Page, president and CEO of the Fortune Society.
‘Here, they do fine. We find that most people live up or down to the environment they are in — with some exceptions.'”
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