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How to keep ex-cons out of trouble & give them a better life? (Viewed 4365 times)
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This topic is focused on solutions to help ex-cons stay out of trouble & give them a better life. We have such an enormous for-profit prison population in this country, it affects a lot of people.

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In 2001, one company started hiring mostly ex-cons. 14 years later, here's how it's going.

http://www.upworthy.com/in-2001-one-company-started-hiring-mostly-ex-cons-14-years-later-heres-how-its-going

Second Chance in Baltimore is giving former felons a chance to take apart old homes and rebuild their lives in the process.

"Second Chance Inc. is nonprofit deconstruction business in Baltimore. They tear down old houses, save what can be reused, and are employing over 100 people looking for a fresh start after prison in the process."

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A Federal Judge’s New Model for Forgiveness

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/opinion/a-federal-judges-new-model-for-forgiveness.html

"Jane Doe had asked the judge to expunge her conviction from the record. Instead, he opted for forgiveness over forgetting, as he put it. While the certificate has no legal effect, when Jane Doe shows it to a prospective employer or landlord, it should, the judge wrote, send “a powerful signal that the same system that found a person deserving of punishment has now found that individual fit to fully rejoin the community.”"

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Green Streets Employs Residents Of Project Housing

http://nationswell.com/green-streets-project-housing-employees-waste-management/

"In 2010, Mullins co-founded a successful business that provides jobs to public housing residents, regardless of their parole status. ...Green Streets not only keeps recyclable and compostable materials from ending up in landfills, but it also saves its employees from living a life of crime and incarceration."

Former Prisoners are finding redemption here.

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Project ReMADE | Making a Difference through Entrepreneurship

http://projectremade.org/ 

Project ReMADE works to equip formerly incarcerated people with the tools necessary to be successful entrepreneurs and, through networking and mentorship, encourage the business community to re-engage those involved in the criminal justice system in the economic prosperity of society.

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Would Your Opinions of Criminals Change if One Cooked and Served You Dinner?

http://nationswell.com/dallas-cafe-momentum-employs-juvenile-offenders/

"So far, of the 150 youth who staffed the restaurant over the past 14 months, only five went back to jail (two because of a prior charge), Houser reports. That low recidivism rate is unheard of in Texas where 71.1 percent of juveniles are rearrested and 25.5 percent are reincarcerated within three years, according to state data. (Among the 172 kids who staffed Houser’s pop-up dinners and didn’t receive the same intensive social services, a slightly higher 11 percent were reincarcerated, still about half the state average.)"

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Former Prisoners Find Redemption Running a Prosperous Business in San Francisco's Public Housing

http://nationswell.com/green-streets-project-housing-employees-waste-management/

"Green Streets pays employees $12.25 an hour to sort trash from recyclables and compostables."

Now, while it's far from a glamorous job, it saves its employees from the life of crime and prison. There's also pride in the work. Why?...

"Neighbors made fun of the crew digging through rat-infested trash piles in their white protective suits. Yet within six months, thousands of gallons of trash were diverted each month, saving the property 60 percent on its bills. Soon, neighbors started handing Mullins their résumés."

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What is SPROKIT?

http://www.sprokit.net/

It's a "mobile app for re-entering prisoners that connects them to social services, parole/probation, employers, family & friends."

"Returning citizens" get customized guidance, helpful notifications, and 24/7 support from social service organizations, health providers, case workers, etc.

The Goal: Successful prisoner re-entry = recidivism reduction.

Great idea. All our citizens deserve a future.

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