Yamit Azrad

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Hi guys! My name is Yamit Azrad and I am a Junior at the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove and I am in the Communication program. This field of study interests me mainly because of my passion for marketing and branding.

A thought that has always crossed my mind when learning about different imprisonment cases is “what happens now?”. Specifically, punishments that fit the crime, as well as the offender. My hopes are that our blog will increase public knowledge about sentence reform and how it can drastically help and improve our community.


Simone Brewer

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Hey everyone, I’m Simone! I am a senior in the University of Maryland Communication program at the Universities at Shady Grove. I hope to use my degree to obtain a career in visual communication. Some of my hobbies include writing, graphic design, watching movies, working out and playing basketball.

The debate surrounding sentencing reform in America is an issue that hits close to home. I am most passionate about mass incarceration of minority men. I hope that this blog will aid in increasing public awareness of the issues involving the American prison system.

Kristin Krimminger


Hi, I’m Kristin Krimminger, a senior Communication major (Dec. ’15 grad) with a cognate in Criminal Justice.  I love photography, graphic design, climbing and hiking.  I am happiest in the woods or mountains, breathing that crisp mountain air.  I am even getting married next May on a mountain.  My “dream job” would be graphic design or marketing for an outdoor company such as Patagonia or La Sportiva.

I have always had a constitutional problem with “injustice”.  Growing up, my parents often had to soothe me when I saw or heard something that was “unfair”.  At 26, I am still rankled by injustices today- especially the structural and institutional injustices inherent in our criminal justice system.

I have had loved ones directly impacted by our nations’ draconian drug laws.  Nonviolent drug addicts permanently ostracized from “normal” society by felony convictions or long sentences… people who need treatment, not warehousing.