Effective Compassion

Pushing for proportional sentencing

Criminal Justice | Recent parole decision sheds light on Louisiana’s habitual offender law
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/21/20, 05:40 pm

Fair Wayne Bryant left the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving 23 years of a life sentence for attempting to steal a pair of hedge clippers. The 63-year-old African American man received parole on Oct. 15 and went to a transitional program, where he will stay until eventually moving in with his brother in Shreveport.

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House hunters

Homelessness | Philadelphia finds a compromise for a low-income housing shortage, but will it last?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/21/20, 05:16 pm

In early October, Philadelphia officials reached a compromise with activists and homeless people who camped out to protest the city’s lack of low-income housing. After months of negotiating, the city agreed to transfer 50 properties to a land trust the activists will establish, and the campers agreed to disperse.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mark Lennihan (file)

Checking in on police reform

Compassion | What has changed since the summer’s protests?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/14/20, 04:18 pm

In mid-June, protesters marched through the streets of New Orleans calling for the city to defund the police department and shift the money to social services. Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson responded by reviewing reforms his department had made in the last decade.

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