Author Archives: Bruce Reilly

About Bruce Reilly

Bruce Reilly is the Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and author of NewJack's Guide to the Big House. Much of his writing can be found on

HUD’s new rules may have major impact on affordable housing for people with criminal records

Last week was celebrated for President Obama’s encouragement for America to reduce employment discrimination against people with past records, and his own executive action to ban the box on federal job applications. The heart of that story is how directly … Continue reading

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President Obama bans the box for federal jobs

President Obama signed an Executive Order to Ban the Box for all prospective federal employees. This represents a significant step in the past decade of organizing by directly impacted people. What began as a San Francisco ordinance proposed by All … Continue reading

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Introducing VOTE’s new Deputy Director: a proven leader in criminal justice reform

[As the primary writer of Unprison, I am honored to share with readers that my best efforts will flow through Voice of the Ex-Offender, an organization at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement- and at the epicenter of … Continue reading

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A Three -Sided Power Shift on Prison Reform

In recent days we have seen several indications that a non-partisan wave of momentum is reaching critical mass. And like any wave, it travels as a ripple beneath the surface for miles.. and suddenly rising up in a brief crescendo before … Continue reading

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Justice Breyer tells America: The Death Penalty is broken, and a “humane” method of killing will not fix it.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES _________________ No. 14–7955 _________________ RICHARD E. GLOSSIP, et al., PETITIONERS v. KEVIN J. GROSS, et al. on writ of certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the tenth circuit [June 29, 2015] Justice Breyer, … Continue reading

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Infiltrating Black America, One Believer at a Time

The last time I fought someone with true anger in my bones, a few guys were referring to my buddy with a common Black racial slur.  They felt he shouldn’t be where he was, and this wasn’t the first time. … Continue reading

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Writer seeking agent / publisher wanting manuscript on crime, punishment, and love.

Some of you have read my posts on the criminal justice system for years, while others may be just discovering my work.  Hopefully you have found my commentary insightful, perhaps useful, and whether you agree with my conclusions or not: … Continue reading

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