I talked with Brandon Hollis from the Georgia Justice Project while in Atlanta. This is a non-profit organization that was started in the late 1980s. They currently represent 30 prisoners spread throughout 22 prisons in Georgia. The project is designed to help indigent prisoners who can’t afford legal counsel. Mr. Hollis makes regular visits to get background information and assess the needs of the prisoners. He said a common denominator among most of these prisoners is that they come from poor settings and seldom had a father at home. One of the prisoners has currently in prison for 29 years. He was sentenced at age 14, for murder. Mr. Hollis said that while what his agency does helps cut down on recidivism rates and helps make society safer; it, however, is essential that we look at — and change — the systemic factors (poverty, racism, broken families…) leading to so much of this crime. Note: Mr. Hollis also told me he just finished reading the book Them by Nathan McCall. It is about the trend toward more and more “gentrification” of urban areas in America. And as the “gentry” move back in, the homeless and others on the margins are forced out… After the interview, our family happened across the “5-Points” area of Atlanta, where this gentrification has been going on in a big way (“young urban professionals” — yuppies — everywhere, upscale eateries, fancy shops…), and not a homeless person, or any low income housing for that matter, in sight.