“Relationships Through Bars”

Due to reactionary tough-on-crime politics and the over-criminalization of drug use, the U.S. penal population has grown from 300,000 to over 2 million over the past three decades. The retributive model of criminal justice is inhumane and ineffective. It has become a cultural cancer eating away at our social fabric, devastating families and neighborhoods. Most poignantly it denies children opportunity for relationships with incarcerated parents. Hugh Taft-Morales continues to advocate reform of our system, in particular a recognition that family connections should be nurtured so as to bring out the best in those who are incarcerated, those who love them, and us all.

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

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