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The Only Fights at This Graduation Were Among Inmates Battling Tears– the Tears Won

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.

LIC Nonprofit Helps Formerly Incarcerated Women Readjust

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.

Newark Reentry Initiative Aims to Cut Recidivism, Prevent Homicide

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.

Oneida County Jail (NY) Inmates Graduate, Work Toward Positive Transition into Community

“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.”

In Search of the Felon-Friendly Workplace

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.

From the Criminal Justice System to the Department of Justice

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.

Wetzel: We Have a Responsibility to Offer a Second Chance

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.

Opinion: Return on a Chance

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.

Breaking the Cycle, One Young Person at a Time

Youth Today By Stell Simonton Jamel Bonilla was 17 when he took part in an armed robbery. He was convicted of a felony and served 18 months in Massachusetts’ Middleton House of Corrections. Upon his release two years ago, he […]

The Need for a Helping Hand

Portland Tribune By Peter Korn Robert Lyday never even made it past the sidewalk in front of the Old Town Greyhound bus station. He’d been released from the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem with a bus ticket to Portland. He […]