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An open letter to HR Professionals:

6/11/2020Richard Bronson
Here s one way to put your company on the right side of history.Dear HR Professional,As millions of Americans march in protest of the death of George Floyd, we re witnessing history unfold. Many may also be feeling helpless in the face of this vast and complex problem. More specifically, what can...

Prison is my baseline: No matter how bad things get, prison was worse.

4/09/2020Richard Bronson
When I experience any difficult or painful experience, I can t help but compare it to my time spent in prison and jail.No matter how bad the restaurant, it s better than the food in prison.No matter how dirty the bathroom, its cleaner than those in prison.No matter how scary the situation, it was...

On a good day.

3/17/2020Richard Bronson
On a good day, life in prison is cramped, dehumanizing, violent unsafe during a global pandemic, life in prison is a death sentence.On a good day, life in prison is an on-going assault to one s privacy, self-esteem and personal space. Men and women are crammed into spaces designed for far fewer p...

Life After Prison: Success Stories — Kenneth M.

12/27/2019Adrienne Hatter
"This story of change isn t for me to keep, it s to give it away. People need to hear it, my brothers and sisters need to hear it: if he can do it, I can do it. And they do. Kenneth M. was released from prison in February of 2019, after nearly a quarter of a century inside. This is his story: I v...

A Black Friday Shopping Spree — in Prison!

11/29/2019Richard Bronson
What to buy when you re inside.The day after Thanksgiving has been tagged Black Friday a day when companies like Amazon and Walmart slash prices on a wide range of merchandise. The public eagerly awaits this day to stock up on every-day goods as well as Christmas presents.For those in prison, the...

Dinner Recipes: Prison edition.

11/18/2019Richard Bronson
What do you cook behind bars?Food in jail or prison ranges from bad to inedible. Ingredients are of low quality or used beyond their expiration dates. A friend who worked in a prison kitchen remembers finding cartons of chicken parts in the freezer, with the labelling Not for human consumption. H...

Close Rikers — NOW.

11/18/2019Richard Bronson
I ve been to Riker's Island. And no one else should ever have to go.New York City has seen stunning gentrification throughout its five boroughs. Bad neighborhoods have been reborn and emerge as some of the most desirable to residents seeking affordable, convenient housing.But the 413-acre island ...

Giving thanks for freedom.

11/15/2019Richard Bronson
Remembering the loneliness of holidays in prison.Time incarcerated is always lonely. Family and friends are missed. Events both every day, like watching a football game with the guys, or significant, like seeing a baby s first steps, attending a graduation or a funeral are always on the inmate s ...

One Step Closer

12/19/2018Richard Bronson
For many, there s hope for the holidays.It s a law that will forbid shackling pregnant women. A law that will prohibit solitary confinement of juveniles. It s a law whose immediate impact will impact, at best, less than one-tenth of our national s imprisoned population.Yet it s a law that should ...

Job Search Strategy: Changing Seasons

10/15/2018Torin Ellis
Continuous improvement happens because of a dedication to making small changes every day, with the expectation that those small improvements will add up to something significant.Often, when we try to make a lot of changes at once - and have high expectations of ourselves in that process - impatie...