Cheers erupted when 34 inmates and former inmates strode across the stage in their royal blue, standard-issue caps and gowns, to pick up certificates for finishing personal and career development classes coordinated by HopeWorks – a non-profit that, among other things, combines faith and counseling to help incarcerated people learn life skills to find work and stability.
One of the first expressions of conservative criminal justice reform came in 2004, when President Bush proposed a policy package to lower incarceration rates and smooth prisoner reentry success.
Over the past 25 years, Hour Children, a nonprofit that aids formerly incarcerated women with children trying to get back on their feet, has been quietly changing lives and broadening its scope throughout Queens.
The Mississippi Second Chance Act Reentry Program is aimed at identifying inmates’ mental health needs so they can get the treatment and support services they need.
The Second Chance Reentry Grant was doled out to New Jersey’s largest city by the Department of Justice. The funds are aimed at supporting formerly incarcerated people at risk for being involved in a homicide by giving them a case manager, social worker and mentor plus transitional employment and access to emergency needs like housing and health care.
Officials recently announced a Newark prisoner reentry program that will focus on providing services, including employment help and a social worker, to those at the highest risk of being perpetrators or victims of homicides in New Jersey’s largest city.
“They want to do this to do something positive for themselves,” said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol. “It makes them feel good when they’re doing something positive. It reduces our rate of disturbances, I guess you could, say within the facility, … So if you look at the big picture, these are all positive things with a positive outcome.”
Dozens of inmates graduated Wednesday from various educational programs at the Oneida County Jail.
Virginia was one of three states to receive grants under the Second Chance Act, and the state has made the most of the opportunity, said Elizabeth Seigle, technical assistance manager in the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
Prison-to-work programs over all are “desperately inadequate,” said Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist. “At the moment, there’s very little systematic provision of assistance to match ex-offenders with jobs at release,” said Ms. Pager, whose research focuses on the barriers that race and criminal records pose in the workplace.
When a person is released from prison, the first 90 days are critical, said Landee Holloway, felony probation and parole re-entry officer for the Montana Department of Corrections.
If America does not embrace a Second Chance culture, we miss the opportunity to reduce victimization, save precious public safety resources, and, most importantly, capitalize on the potential of people who have paid their debt to society and now want to contribute to their communities.
The court was awarded a grant in 2015 to implement the Guam Adult Reentry Court from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.
The program is made possible by a $687,176 Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant.
Corrections reform needs to begin by acknowledging that an individual’s humanity is not diminished by incarceration. As we talk about prison population reduction and recidivism reduction, we need to talk in terms of people – an investment in the people in our custody, in our corrections systems and in our communities.
Many people–too many people–face unnecessary obstacles to reentry. In order to successfully reenter society, they must navigate a maze of over 45,000 barriers to employment, housing, and civic participation, which may be triggered as a result of their contact with the criminal justice system. The long-term consequences of a criminal record hamper their ability to contribute to society, even after they have served their time and stand ready to serve their community.
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Inmates released from jail or prison in Fairfield County now have one-stop shopping if they need help with food and clothing, or resume-writing and job-hunting.
The Justice Department announced today that it will award grants totaling $53 million to 45 jurisdictions, to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement.