When Prisoner Reform Fails, Violence Increases

Prison reform is a concept that has been with us since people first began to be incarcerated for their crimes. Among the more notable figures advocating for the benefits of comprehensive prison reform, Elizabeth Fry stands out. Known as Betsy Fry, she was born in the late 1700s and lived until 1845. Throughout her adult life, she became a leading voice in creating legislation to improve the humane treatment of prisoners, including teaching them valuable skills. Since her achievements in championing prisoner reform, there have been many others, both past, and present, who have looked into improving the prison environment. Unfortunately, many of those lessons have been lost on the current American prison system. Read More