Category: SCA success

A Second Chance: Prisoners Thrive in Program Designed to Open up Job Opportunities

The Nevada Independent By Michaela Chesin and Trey Arline At Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center on Wednesday, a former soldier-turned-prisoner described loving to paint murals, writing poetry and music and becoming a leader and role model for other inmates. Her speech about the desire to change the narrative about her life brought Gov. Steve Sisolak to tears in …

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‘Returning from the Twilight Zone’: Home to Stay Offers One-Stop Shop for Those Leaving Prisons

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service By Allison Dikanovic Ray Mendoza remembers coming home from prison in 2015 and being overwhelmed by the harsh adjustment. He described the culture shock of re-entering society to “returning from the twilight zone” and said that four years later, it’s still something he’s learning how to navigate. Mendoza said he could …

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County Eases Path to Housing for People with Arrest Records

Austin Weekly News By Michael Romain The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved a measure that makes it easier for people with arrest records to secure housing in the county. The board passed the “Just Housing” amendment as a new clause in the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance during a meeting on April 25. …

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Delaware Department of Correction Awarded Two Rare Federal Grants to Help Fight Recidivism

WDEL By Kevin Hayes Two grants totaling $1.5 million will be used by several agencies within the Delaware Department of Correction to curb the state’s recidivism rate by better preparing those who have served their time for the next phase of their life without bars. Commissioner Perry Phelps kicked off the Tuesday morning announcement in …

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State Gets $1.5M in Grants to Ease Inmates’ Re-Entry into Life ‘Outside’

Delaware State News By Matt Bittle More than 15,000 people are released from Delaware correctional facilities every year, and many of those are forced to fend for themselves after they’re out of custody, advocates say. While they may want to start their lives over and make an honest living, many lack some of the things …

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Vermont’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

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Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

By CSG Justice Center Staff “When I got out, my kids were my number one priority.” Darius Dennis couldn’t have predicted how intertwined his path to reentry and the well-being of his young family would be when he left jail in 2017. Today, more than a year after completing the Strengthening Fathers reentry program, Dennis …

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Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

By CSG Justice Center Staff Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. “I don’t want to go …

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Adult Re-Entry Court Hopes to Keep People out of Jail

Pacific Daily News By Jerick Sablan The first participants in the Adult Reentry Court program are doing well on their path to stay out of jail. The nine participants appeared before Superior Court of Guam Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena III for a hearing Friday. The program allows those who have been in and out of the court system …

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Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ernie Galbreath

By CSG Justice Center Staff When change came to the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC), then corrections officer Ernie Galbreath was on the ground watching it happen. Galbreath joined the DOC in 2013, where he supervised people at the Newton Correctional Facility outside of Des Moines. That same year, Iowa was in the planning phase …

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