Posts by Joanna Holbert

Justice

How Sen. Juan Barnett became an unlikely champion for criminal justice reform

by Joanna Holbert

He was sitting in a Mississippi courtroom where he had been called…

Education

Rethinking education in Mississippi

by Joanna Holbert

Rethinking education could benefit thousands of Mississippi children. “The entity of change…

Justice

We need to ease barriers to work for those leaving prison

by Joanna Holbert

Finding a job is one of the top priorities for those leaving…

Education

Jackson’s JRTOC program prepares young leaders for life

by Joanna Holbert

Our work at Empower has us laser-focused on how to ensure children…

Justice, Your Story

Family excited for chance at early reconnection after new law

by Joanna Holbert

The Mississippi Earned Parole Eligibility Act was signed into law by Gov….

Justice

Mandatory minimum laws lead to sentences that don’t match the crime

by Joanna Holbert

Life in prison for seven boxes of Sudafed? It just doesn’t make…

Justice, Your Story

Law enforcement officer sees need for criminal justice reform

by Joanna Holbert

“Every profession is evolving, and law enforcement is no different.” Lt. Kevin…

Work, Your Story

State puts dreams, and career, on hold

by Joanna Holbert

Karrece Stewart’s dreams are on hold. They aren’t on hold because plans…

Justice

How the Parole Board makes decisions

by Joanna Holbert

It’s a busy day at the Mississippi Parole Board. Cases are stacked…

Justice, Your Story

“There is always hope”

by Joanna Holbert

“Goodwill gave me a career.” That’s something Jessica Maxwell-Flowers never dreamed possible…

Justice, Your Story

The business of grace

by Joanna Holbert

Heath Ferguson is in the business of offering grace. Why? Because grace…

Justice, Your Story

From addiction and despair to a new life

by Joanna Holbert

“I’m a junkie. This is my life.” That’s what Mary Hirsch thought…