Source: (2002) State of Justice 4 (April). A periodic publication of Friends Committee on Restorative Justice.

Mary Barr has spent a number of years visiting prisoners in a variety of local, state, and federal facilities. She presents motivational life skills and substance abuse seminars. Additionally, she works to educate the public on substance abuse and related policy issues. From this experience, she contends that little is done in correctional facilities to aid or rehabilitate inmates so that they can live differently when they leave prison. Ex-inmates face bleak circumstances, with many re-offending and ending up in prison again. Hence, Barr argues for reform of sentencing policies and for rehabilitative and transitional services for inmates and ex-inmates.