Purpose Changes Richard Garland’s Path of Violence to Violence Prevention

He was a fighter. He belonged to a gang. He didn’t have a traditional family upbringing.  He came from a broken and dysfunctional home with only a grandmother for parental guidance. And at 12 years old, Richard Garland knew his violent and hostile lifestyle would land him in jail. He was ready. Like many inmates, … More Purpose Changes Richard Garland’s Path of Violence to Violence Prevention

To Punish or Rehabilitate: Lessons from Comparing US Prisons Across International Lines

What happens after someone is convicted of murder? In the most serious cases, the person is given life without parole or a death penalty sentence. Here, he or she is held in strict quarters, likely to never rejoin society. Or the person could receive a life sentence of around 15 years, possibly serve a 21-year … More To Punish or Rehabilitate: Lessons from Comparing US Prisons Across International Lines

Undocumented Experiences: Duquesne’s Oral History Initiative Aims to Share Stories of the Marginalized

“You can’t get something like that from another source.” This is how Megan DeFries describes listening to oral histories of slaves sharing their hardships and firsthand experiences in a racist South during the Civil War. As she explains, in the 1930s during the Great Depression, federal writers began a project to document former slaves to … More Undocumented Experiences: Duquesne’s Oral History Initiative Aims to Share Stories of the Marginalized