August 2016 archive

Life After Prison—When the Church Shows Up

Morgan Lee/ August 22, 2016 – Christianity Today “…Yet engaging churches to step in at the point of re-entry is challenging. At a recent meeting of the Capitol Area Reentry Council, North Carolina state and nonprofit employees discussed how to galvanize churchgoers to build relationships and help those coming home.” This is just an excerpt …

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NC NAACP ” FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY – SOULS TO THE POLLS   We are calling on faith centers to hold voting rights themed services. We will provide their Souls to the Polls Coordinator with a toolkit which will including lectionaries, scriptures, announcements, and more. We are also encouraging faith centers to register members of their congregation and pass …

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Restoration of Former-Felons’ Civil Rights in Virginia

“Governor McAuliffe Announces Process for Case-by-Case Restoration of Former-Felons’ Civil Rights   ~ Governor restores rights of nearly 13,000 Virginians who had previously registered to vote ~   RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he and his team have begun restoring the civil rights of former Virginia felons in compliance with an order …

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Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

“The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts …

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Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals

AU.S. Department of Education Launches Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals As part of the Obama Administration’s commitmentt to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department of Education today announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program to test new …

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Conference on overturning mass incarceration

Registration now open for national movement conference on overturning mass incarceration “At a time when 100 million Americans are trying to move on from their criminal records, hundreds (and possibly thousands) of people will gather in Oakland, California to address their common struggle with an oppressive criminal justice system. The Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families …

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Delaware Supreme Court ruled death penalty unconstitutional

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.  The highest court in Delaware reached this decision, because judges, not juries, determine whether a person facing capital punishment can receive the ultimate sentence.” Read the rest of this post at Carolina Justice Policy Center by clicking here

Black History Month Profile: David Forbes

Growing up just five blocks away from Shaw University in downtown Raleigh, David Forbes Sr. said he was humbly aware of his place in the world. He was one of eight children of a local minister, living on South Bloodworth Street in a community that he said always came together to share and share alike. …

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Second Chance Fellow Daryl Atkinson

Justice Department Announces First-Ever Second Chance Fellow, our Daryl Atkinson. “During the meeting, I had the distinct pleasure of announcing Daryl Atkinson as DOJ’s first-ever Second Chance Fellow.  This position was designed to bring in a person with expertise as a leader in the criminal justice field – and as a formerly incarcerated individual.  Recognizing …

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Criminal Justice Hangout

Criminal Justice Hangout On Air video This video features an online interview with Dennis Gaddy, discussing the usefulness of the Re-Entry Toolkit with the NAACP National Headquarter’s Program Specialist Calton Mayers, who authored it. And if you use google+ the national NAACP maintains a google+ “hangout” group at: where this video is also presented with …

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