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Prisoner Reentry

What My Pardon From Governor Andrew Cuomo Means To Me

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.03.2017 | New York
Anthony Papa

On Dec. 30, 2016 I received a call from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office informing me that I was just granted a pardon. My knees shook and arms got numb...

'After Life Imprisonment' Examines Re-entry Of Parolees Into Society

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.26.2016 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Because it is a fact that most prisoners will eventually return to the community, better understanding of prisoner re-entry success and failure is crucial. What does it take for a prisoner to successfully navigate the treacherous waters of re-entry?

US Attorney's Office On Earning Freedom And Reentry

Michael Santos | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Michael Santos

The US Attorney's One Community Guam" and "One Community CNMI" Conferences show that if we can build safer communities when we tap into every resource, even using the formerly incarcerated.

The Way Forward In Reentry

Loretta Lynch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

As community organizations team up across the country to reduce crime, expand opportunity, and revitalize our neighborhoods, it is increasingly clear that a crucial part of that work is helping people returning from our prisons and jails make a successful transition back home.

Crossing the Criminal Justice Chasm to the Community: A Homecoming

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

According to a recent report on homelessness by J.B. Wogan, while national data indicates that overall homelessness is trending downward, several cities, one county and one state, have declared State of Emergencies due to rising homelessness.

The Return: A New Documentary Film Captures the Joy and Pain of Prisoner Reentry

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
The Vera Institute of Justice

For many of us, this documentary film, which premieres tonight on PBS, hits close to home. The stories of rocky recovery and tenuous returning loved ones are familiar; our own families' highs and lows echo though every scene.

To Aid Successful Re-entry, New York Must Expand Prison Work Release Programs

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 05.11.2016 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

In designating a National Reentry Week, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has cast a light on an often over-looked aspect of the increasingly mainst...

You Serve Your Time, Earn Your Freedom, Then the Job Market Shuts the Door in Your Face

Jason Hernandez | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Jason Hernandez

I'd heard that it's hard for those who have served time to find work, but I was confident because I thought I had the skills I needed to get my life back on track and become a productive member of my community. I had no idea that the job market is barricaded against people like me.

Reframing Reentry: National Reentry Week

Francine LeFrak | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

While Hollywood loves a good redemption story, and as a society we say we believe in second chances, our behavior towards ex-offenders tends to be contradictory. Barriers like the criminal felon box on job applications and the inability to get a basic bank loan or a driver's license make a smooth re-entry back into society nearly impossible.

With Re-Entry Resources, Focus and Commitment, I'm Actually Living the Life I Planned For While Incarcerated

Andre Gaskin | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andre Gaskin

After being gone for so long, you need support to transition back into society. You need information. You need a network. You need people around you who actually have access to the services that will help you. And you need those right away if you want to earn money and sustain yourself.

National Reentry Week: An Essential Part of Our Mission

Loretta Lynch | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

Each year, more than 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons, and another 11.4 million individuals cycle through local jails.

Freedom. Now What?

Adele Bertei | Posted 03.10.2016 | Impact
Adele Bertei

I recently had the honor of meeting with Susan Burton in Los Angeles. Susan, who spent 20 years of her life incarcerated, has become one of the great leaders of the social justice movement in America.

A New Direction for Juveniles Serving Life Sentences

The Heller School | Posted 02.12.2016 | Crime
The Heller School

Thousands of individuals who were subjected to harsh penalties as children now have the possibility of release. The question now remains of what their future entails.

President Obama 'Bans the Box' to Help Formerly Incarcerated Get Jobs

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Anthony Papa

I remember all too well my experience with this issue when I went for my first job interview upon my release after serving 12 years of a 15-to-life sentence for a non-violent drug crime.

Open Letter to Men and Women Returning Home in an Age of Reform

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.28.2016 | Books
Anthony Papa

The road following imprisonment is not an easy one. I know because I have walked it. When I was released 17 years ago from the living nightmare of imprisonment, I found that returning to the real world was both frightening and unbelievably difficult.

Formerly Incarcerated Creating Their Own Jobs

Michael Santos | Posted 09.30.2016 | Crime
Michael Santos

People released from prison frequently face challenges. To start, people with prison records have a hard time finding a job. If employers won't hire the formerly incarcerated, then the formerly incarcerated can take a different tactic.

Former Prisoners Share Stories to Secure Jobs

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
Danielle Wolffe

Scott Lewis spent 19 years in federal prison. He was recently released after an FBI investigation revealed a dirty cop was part of the cocaine trade and framed Lewis and Stefon Morant, for a double murder they didn't commit. Lewis is now an independent real estate broker.

Tadasana -- The Transformative Power Pose in Jail

Nancy Deville | Posted 08.18.2016 | Women
Nancy Deville

Teaching yoga in jail isn't just about giving the women exercise, it's about giving them tools to cope. That's why I always start with the hope that Tadasana brings.

These Programs Are Helping Prisoners Live Again On The Outside

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy a...

The Part of Prison We Aren't Talking About

Sean Larner | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Sean Larner

In this era of mass incarceration, 750,000 men, women and children are released from prison and out-of-home placement annually. Many are like Sherane: growing up in prison only to be released into the same life that made crime necessary in the first place.

State of Emergency

Project Return | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Project Return

This past week saw record-breaking weather conditions in Nashville. The snow, ice and frigid temps caused Tennessee's governor to declare a State of Emergency, and our Mayor urged drivers to exercise extreme caution, or, better yet, stay home.

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

Jim Liske | Posted 12.06.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Why should we care if more criminals are behind bars for longer sentences? As president of the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, I've seen the downsides of mass incarceration up close.

Fatherhood Within Reach for Formerly Homeless Men

Harriet McDonald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

How do we encourage men to be true fathers to their children, especially in minority communities where poverty is most extreme, where hopelessness often trumps possibilities?

Have You Been to Prison Lately?

Project Return | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Project Return

Many of us who work in prisoner reentry, as soon as we heard the ruling, responded reflexively -- to Chief Justice Roberts or to no one in particular -- "Have you been to prison lately?"

Nonprofits and the Cost Benefit Solution

Harriet McDonald | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

In an era when states and the federal government are slashing spending, elected officials find it particularly difficult to even contemplate new investments in social services. But the truth is that they have seldom been needed more.