Prison Reform

Prison inmates pruning oak tree
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On a recent day at the forestry camp at Rockview state prison, the focus was on tree pruning. Devin Ashe and other students took turns working on an oak tree.

“I didn’t know trees were as complex as they were, what they do for the environment, wildlife as well as humans,” Ashe said.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik knows the justice system inside and out—literally.  He uses his unique perspective to advocate for justice and prison reform.  We talk with him about his life before and after prison, the notion of second chances, and about why he says America's criminal justice system is broken.