iOS app Android app

Ex Cons

Don't Judge. Imagine.

Irene Zutell | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Irene Zutell

I spent a lot of time interviewing ex-cons for my latest book, Miss Brenda and The Loveladies. These women -- former drug dealers, prostitutes, addicts and even an attempted murderers -- are people I would have run away from, if I had met them a few years earlier.

City Law Will Shield Ex-Offender Applicants' Criminal History

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime

With recidivism rates in California among the highest in the nation, San Francisco officials hope a law aimed at curtailing housing and workplace bias...

The Employment of Ex-Offenders is Important to Everyone

Project Return | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Project Return

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif If you've never been to prison, it's easy to be suspicious and dismissive of those who have. But people are getting out of prison and returning to our community all the time. Their return is inevitable; it's not whether people return from prison, but how they return -- successfully or unsuccessfully.

Inaugurate Hope

Baker Industries | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Baker Industries

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWe know that stable employment is an important predictor of reentry success and the best way to reduce recidivism. Yet people are being released every day with almost no chance of making it.

Small Businesses Put Ex-Cons To Work

Reuters | Geoff Williams | Posted 01.05.2013 | Small Business

(Reuters)- Ten years ago, Debbie Jakacki, owner of Jakacki Bag & Barrel in Chicago, a family business that's been around since 1942, found herself con...

WATCH: The Case For Letting Felons Vote

Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

In many states, felons lose their right to vote as a consequence of their crimes. But is this just? HuffPost Live host Mike Sacks poses the questio...

Staging Buddha

Lisa Harper Chang | Posted 05.29.2012 | Good News
Lisa Harper Chang

The actors were united by their profound life experiences, exploring art on view, acquiring theater and performance skills, and, most importantly, learning to trust each other and themselves.

Green Jobs for Ex-Cons: Fixing Broken Systems

Colleen Murphy-Dunning | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Colleen Murphy-Dunning

Our country, a promised land of opportunity, needs a national green jobs program that targets ex-offenders.

Felony Franks Sues City: Offering Hope Or Glorifying Crime?

Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

Felony Franks, a hot dog stand on the Near West Side, has been in a tussle with its alderman for years. Now, it's taking the dispute somewhere it ough...

'Felony Franks' Gives Ex-Cons A Second Chance

Chicago Story Telling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Felony Franks, located at 229 S. Western Avenue, serves its trademark "misdemeanor wiener" and other jail-themed menu items through a bulletproof revo...

Normal 101: What a Professor Learned from a 'Recovering Skinhead'

Jody M. Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jody M. Roy

It's not "normal" for a former skinhead, ex-convict, recovering heroin addict from South Philly to end up working with professional hockey teams and giving speeches. But Frank Meeink isn't normal.

The Real McDonnell Agenda?

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In proposing the writing of an essay for inmates who wish to regain their voting rights, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia wasn't trying to deny all felons the right to vote -- just black ones.

Recession Could Trigger Flood Of Ex-Convicts Re-Entering Society

TIME | KEN STIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In 2000, when Glenn Martin was leaving prison in upstate Attica, N.Y., after serving six years for robbery, the correctional officer thanked him in a ...

Kicking a Fella When He's Down

John Hood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Hood

Ironically, if John kicks back he goes back to prison. Meanwhile the government can stomp on him as much as they want.

Solar Panel Installation Class Helps Ex-Cons Find Employment

Wall Street Journal | MIRIAM JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the race to train America's "green-collar" work force, a group composed mostly of former Los Angeles gang members on parole is an early participant...