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Ms. Nell Bernstein

Journalist

Open Society Institute

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Open Society Institute

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Employment History

Editor

New America Media

Affiliations

Soros Justice Media Fellow
White House Champion

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Bill of Rights for Children of the Incarcerated Project | FCN

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Former OSI Media Fellow Nell Bernstein, a journalist who wrote the groundbreaking book, All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated (The New Press, 2005), supported the BOR project, which relied on The Bill of Rights, which Bernstein also wrote, along with remedies and innovations that were explored in her book.


Bill of Rights Project is Concluded | FCN

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Former OSI Media Fellow Nell Bernstein, a journalist who wrote the groundbreaking book, All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated (The New Press, 2005), supported the BOR project, which relied on The Bill of Rights, which Bernstein also wrote, along with remedies and innovations that were explored in her book.


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By Nell Bernstein

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In the heart-wrenching All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated (The New Press; $25.95 HC; October 14, 2005), award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein takes an intimate look at the parents and children torn apart by the American penal system, demonstrating through the words of real people on every side of this issue-parents, children, police, corrections officials, and extended families-that the system is inexcusably failing millions of innocent children and is feeding an endless cycle of imprisonment running through generations in communities across the country..
Bernstein calls for an end to this shocking cycle not only by analyzing the numbers, but also by delving into the personal and emotional accounts of numerous children of incarcerated parents. She declares that isolation, as the primary instrument of justice in America today, is doing more harm than good, not only for the incarcerated and their children, but also for society as a whole. An incredibly detailed and moving account of what it is to be a child of an incarcerated parent, All Alone in the World will profoundly alter every American's perception of the current penal system.
About the Author Nell Bernstein is an award-winning journalist and former Soros Justice Media Fellow at the Open Society Institute of New York whose articles have appeared in Newsday, Mother Jones, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two children.
ALL ALONE IN THE WORLD: Children of the Incarcerated By Nell Bernstein
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Journalist Bernstein puts a face on this population with staggering statistics (2.4 million children have a parent in jail, and as many as half of all boys whose parents do time will wind up behind bars themselves) and personal stories of children like Susana, who has embraced her father only once in her life, and Carl, who told the jailhouse Santa that all he wanted for Christmas was for his mother to come home. Parents and children speak about the trauma of prison visits, the expensive phone calls that cut off without warning and the questions from children (What do you tell your friends? Are you to blame?) and parents (Would your child be better off without you?). Bernstein takes on the system as well: because of mandatory sentencing, judges must impose life imprisonment without parole, regardless of circumstances; a convicted felon, once released, has no access to student or small-business loans, public assistance or housing; a grandmother fears applying for aid because she must give up her grandchildren to the foster care system for evaluation and may never get them back.
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Journalist Bernstein tackles the issue by placing original case studies in the context of current research in this readable and informative volume. Key issues make up the organization, e.g., the arrest process; sentencing guidelines and the negative aspects of mandatory minimums; the comparison of child care by foster parents, by grandparents, and through innovative prison in-custody programs; and the reentry experience and its effects on family members. Moving beyond description, Bernstein presents a thoughtful alternative model of crime and punishment, suggesting ways in which the criminal justice system can become more effective and family-friendly.


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A panel discussion with Nell Bernstein, author of All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated, and Terrence W. Stevens and Liz Gaynes.

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Nell Bernstein is an award-winning journalist and former Soros Justice Media Fellow at the Open Society Institute of New York whose articles have appeared in Newsday, Mother Jones, and the Washington Post, among other publications.


Casey Family Services :: Casey Center for Effective Child Welfare Practice

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Nell Bernstein is an award-winning journalist and former Soros Justice Media Fellow at the Open Society Institute.Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Mother Jones, Salon.com, Newsday, and many other publications.She also coordinates the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and is an associate editor with Pacific News Service.Her book, All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated, was published in October, 2005.It won the PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, was selected as a pick of the week by Newsweek, and a top ten book of the year by the Online Review of Books.She lives outside of Berkeley, California, with her husband and two children.

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