UMass Boston’s Trotter Institute Analyzes Problems, Solutions for Prisoners After Incarceration

Office of Communications | October 15, 2013
Lonnie Laney (center) chats with two other unidentified aging inmates on the grounds of the McCain Correctional Hospital in NC.

Lonnie Laney (center) chats with two other unidentified aging inmates on the grounds of the McCain Correctional Hospital in NC.
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Reclaiming Humanity in and out of the Cell Now Available

The impact of incarceration on prisoners and their families after they are released is the focus of the new Trotter Review, an annual publication of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture

The lead article provides historical context for problems facing incarcerated young black men, surveys research that shows social support is the best way to prevent repeat offenses, and describes the work of the Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners (CFROP), a Boston-based organization that identifies incarceration-related problems, advocates for policy solutions, and provides material assistance to prisoners and their friends and families.

Also in this issue, titled “Reclaiming Humanity in and Out of the Cell”:

  • A research-based article on a survey of black churchgoers in Boston that finds more than half know someone currently incarcerated
  • A history of the development and an analysis of the psychological impact of the “stop and frisk” practices that have caused controversy in New York City recently
  • A Q&A with an African American woman who, while working for the Massachusetts Department of Correction, brought in church volunteers to provide education for prisoners
  • A transcript of a panel discussion with leaders of nonprofit organizations that assist ex-offenders in making the transition back into society

A subscription to the Trotter Review is available for $15 for individuals and $30 for institutions. Contact Yvonne Gomes-Santos at 617.287.5880 to purchase a copy. “Reclaiming Humanity in and Out of the Cell” will be available online at http://scholarworks.umb.edu/trotter_review starting December 1.

The next issue of the Trotter Review will cover ethnic issues dividing the black community. Contact editor Kenneth J. Cooper at 617.287.8895 if you have a submission.

About the Trotter Review
The Trotter Review is a publication of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture. Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper, the annual journal addresses current Black studies, race, and race relations, blends journalism with scholarly work, and continues the tradition of the Trotter Institute’s namesake. William Monroe Trotter was an orator and editor of the (Boston) Guardian, which he founded in 1901. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu/trotter.

About UMass Boston
Recognized for its innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s ten colleges and graduate schools serve 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit www.umb.edu.
 

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