When Warden Mark Kawika Patterson took a job at Hawaii’s only women’s prison, he learned that many of the prisoners suffered from psychiatric disorders and had long histories of drug addiction, alcoholism, and trauma. This discovery led Patterson to work to rehabilitate rather than punish offenders. Relying on community support, Patterson provides inmates with occupational and cultural education in an attempt to prepare them for life after prison.
In this video, Free Speech TV interviews co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine Sarah van Gelder about Patterson’s innovative prison practices and why they are more effective than our traditional approach to crime.
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