I imagine the vulnerable strangers who I will meet in church basements. Over the years I have built some powerful relationships with colleagues—writers, editors, producers—but if I don’t prioritize relationships in recovery when I get out, those other relationships won’t matter in the end.
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It took five years of effort in federal court, but my organization, The Fortune Society just won a precedent-setting settlement of a landmark civil rights case that shows how advocacy groups can bring lawsuits against private landlords who impose blanket bans on renting apartments to people with criminal records.
Currently, Alabama’s recidivism rate is at 31%, which compares favorably to the national average of 34%. But Alabama can do better — and the central figure to keep in mind is that only 7% of inmates with a marketable job skill commit a second crime.
Nature spoke to three US researchers who went from prison to PhD programs to senior posts in academia, and who now aim to help others to find their academic footing.
The reentry simulation was intended to show participants stumbling blocks for reentrants and to spark conversation about ways to fix some of those, said Sara Gray, executive assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.
A new reentry program called Project Blue is a first-of-its-kind partnership to help formerly incarcerated individuals in Erie County transition back into society.
A legislatively mandated commission on Tuesday recommended that New Jersey take 100 steps to improve re-entry services for those released from prison, from improving health care and addiction treatment to creating more opportunities for training and employment.
“When someone cannot get their foot in the door to compete for a job, it is bad for business and bad for communities that need access to economic opportunity,” said JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon in a press release.
Earlier this month, Maryland enacted a new law, HB 22, that makes it easier for people with criminal histories to get a license to work.
Reducing barriers for workers will help Iowa create a more competitive business environment. Combined with lower taxes, this would help level the playing field as we compete with surrounding states.
State juvenile correctional agencies do a poor job of preparing youth in the juvenile justice system for employment, The Council of State Governments Justice Center says in a new report.
Marcus Bullock was 15, in a maximum-security prison with men who had already spent decades behind bars, and he was thinking about his Christmas presents.
At the Mountain View Unit west of Waco last week, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice unveiled STRIVE, a new reentry program for women soon to be released from prison.
Being branded a felon left me facing discrimination with my jobs and housing, and I am unable to volunteer at my children’s school. Even though I turned my life around, I faced challenges at every turn.
According to Martin Kumer, superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, the average person only spends 35 days in jail, so it’s important for the jail to take advantage of the time it has to meet with inmates who are considered at risk of recidivism.
Six years later, the innovative judicial model appears to be achieving its goal. Researchers from Washington State University found that participants in the program had lower recidivism rates than equivalent individuals who didn’t go through it.
A panel reviewed the results of a collaborative study that examined 10,500 households in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa between 2010 and 2017.
Among the services offered to those released from prison within six months are job search activities, résumé creation, training research, interviews with potential employers, and various other employable skills.
Licensing boards in Rhode Island can withhold licenses for crimes committed decades ago, by citing a requirement that people display “good moral character,” without taking into account individual circumstances or efforts toward rehabilitation.
As a former inmate, I’m living proof that it is possible to reintegrate back into society and lead a productive life. But to do that, the formerly incarcerated and those with a criminal record need a helping hand.