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Ex Felons

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2016 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

Making a Change: Bishop T.D. Jakes' 10-year Initiative for Re-entry

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

"They don't judge you. The program offers you a feeling of hope. The program taught me what it meant to forgive. If you want people to bless you and move forward despite your past, you have to learn to do that for others."

Peace Behind Barbed Wire

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.28.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

If our news and mass entertainment outlets valued complexity and expansion of the national IQ, we wouldn't go to war. We'd be building our lives on the far side of fear and the far side of cynicism, which is the only place where peace is possible.

How Felon Disenfranchisement Hurts American Democracy

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices

As the 2014 midterm elections near, voter rights — or lack thereof — have become a hotly contested point of debate all across the country. Texas, ...

Why "Ban the Box" Is Not Enough

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.05.2014 | Crime
Mark Olmsted

Admittedly, I'm not typical. Very few college graduates end up in prison in the first place -- the reason I detailed my particular history was to show how it could have happened to someone like me.

Ex-Felons Are About To Get Health Coverage

stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Want Real Safety? Try Jobs and Housing

Toshio Meronek | Posted 09.18.2012 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

In 2004, San Francisco banned the question "Have you ever been convicted by a court?" and its accompanying check box from government job applications. Now, a growing number of people are pushing for an expansion of these "Ban the Box."

Michael McLaughlin

Record Number Of Felons Denied Right To Vote | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.12.2012 | Crime

A record number of Americans with criminal records cannot vote in what is expected to be a tight presidential election, a new study says. More tha...

Oakland Police Massacre Casts Ugly Glare on Ex-Felon Desperation

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Though Lovelle Mixon's killing spree is a horrible aberration, his plight as an unemployed, ex-felon isn't. There are tens of thousands like him on America's streets.

Between a Rock and a Criminal Background Check

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

If a judge deems an ex-felon reformed enough to limit access to their criminal conviction, why should the Illinois State Police stand in the way?