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Mace Bill Would Modernize Due Process Rights (Post & Courier)

The most basic purpose of our justice system is to convict and punish the guilty while protecting the innocent and safeguarding the rights of all Americans. As part of that...

The Turning Leaf Project Aims to Break Cycle (Sisters of Charity SC)

Communities often address crime through a cycle of prison time and release. This cycle leads them back to old habits, separated from their families and a drain on tax payer...

Turning Leaf is raising the stakes, and its profile, in recidivism (Post & Courier)

An audience at the Mount Pleasant library listens silently as three men calmly talk about violence, the crimes they’ve committed, the drugs they’ve sold — and the reason they quit. She’s...

Starting Anew (Charleston Mag)

Getting out of prison isn’t easy. There’s parole and probation to navigate, child custody issues, securing housing, finding a job, and avoiding the temptation to fall back into criminal habits....

Lowcountry nonprofit helps ex-convicts re-enter society, workforce (ABC 4 News)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Turning Leaf Project is a group in Charleston working to help formerly incarcerated men complete probation and get acclimated back into society. Aulzue Fields spent the...

Training the Brain to Stay out of Jail (The Marshall Project)

Growing up in public housing in North Charleston, S.C., in the 1970s, David Hayward was familiar with poverty, violence and loss. His mother, grandmother and brother all died when he...

Unless those at the top act, South Carolina prisons will perpetuate crime problem (Post & Courier)

South Carolina prisons are not rehabilitating criminals — they’re training them. In most of the state’s roughest correctional facilities, the yard is not so different from life on the street. Inmates...

Saying goodbye to the streets, and prison (Post & Courier)

Marty Hamilton has spent 30 years behind bars, and he’s only 47. The North Charleston native has been in prison seven times, and twice spent a year in the county...

Amy Barch is on a mission to stop crime, one criminal at a time (Post & Courier)

More than a quarter of the crime committed in Charleston County last year was the work of just 1,900 men. And 12 of them are sitting in Amy Barch’s classroom...

Turning Leaf teaches former prisoners to learn from past mistakes (Charleston City Paper)

In the shadow of the razorwire fences and bleak facade of the Al Cannon Detention Center sits the small, nondescript building that houses the Turning Leaf Project. Inside, two classrooms...

Turning Leaf getting national attention, for good reason (Post & Courier)

There are about a dozen guys sitting in this room — some of them tattooed, some with long hair or dreads — talking casually about doing drugs, committing crimes. Quietly...

A rehabilitation program that could become a national model (Post & Courier)

Shakiem Maxwell will tell you straight — he was headed down the wrong road, doing all the wrong things. At 22, he already had a rap sheet that included attempted...