Category Archives: family

To Prison for Poverty

This is happening today ,right now. People are being jailed and forced to pay exorbitant amounts of monies for minor crimes to line the pockets of for profit business.  Alabama ,Georgia, and Florida . Let your congressman/woman  and Governor know that this is not acceptable. New legislation needs to be passed.

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Barbra Scrivner thought winning clemency was the hard part. Then she got out.

Barbra Scrivner thought winning clemency was the hard part. Then she got out.

On a sunny day just a few months after she was released from federal prison, Barbra Scrivner drove three blocks from her ranch-style home on a quiet street in Fresno, Calif., to the Walgreens on the corner, tottering on her wedge heels as she got out of the car. After sending out her résumé to dozens of nearby businesses, she had finally landed a job interview, to be a sales associate at the store.

Scrivner clutched her résumé, but she also brought what she considered a secret weapon of sorts: a letter sent by President Barack Obama after he set her free last December. The single sheet was hand-signed — Scrivner moved her fingertips over the signature to check that it wasn’t a copy — and was full of encouragement from the president. She planned to show her interviewer at Walgreens the letter, so he would know she wasn’t just like any other ex-felon fresh out of prison.

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Virginia Jail Holds Father-Daughter Dance For Inmates

 

Father and daughter dance

Father and daughter dance

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/u-s-world/jail-holds-father-daughter-dance-for-inmates

RICHMOND, Va. – All of the prisoners at Virginia’s Richmond City Jail admit they made poor choices, and could be better fathers.

“I am definitely failing as a parent right now, just by being out of her life,” Ronnell Glasgow said.
A few examples: Julian Edwards is serving four years for drug distribution, Joey Atkins is awaiting trial for illegal gun possession, and Glasgow is serving seven years for selling drugs, ABC News reported. 

Most of the men are in their 20s and 30s. Gerald Ward is awaiting trial for guns and drug charges. He told us his daughter is only four. “But it’s amazing what she understands. She understand that Daddy did something wrong, ” he says.

As these troubled men serve out their sentences, their children pay a price –  often spending the most important years of their lives without active father figures.

Regardless of the culture, there’s something special and valued about the father-daughter bond, yet when these daughters go to visit their fathers in jail, they can only speak to them through a thick glass or on the telephone.

“It is hard for her to release and talk to me behind the glass,” said Edwards.

In 2012, the father-daughter dance at the Richmond City Jail was born.

It was the brainchild of Angela Patton, who runs Camp Diva, a Richmond nonprofit aimed at empowering young girls. She had heard the concerns of a daughter who had a father in jail. The young girl wanted to attend an event where she could dance with her father too, like others girls and their fathers across the city.

Patton convinced Richmond City Sheriff C. T. Woody Jr. to host the dance inside the jail, and he agreed.

“They are not hard core criminals, they deserve a second chance,” Woody said. “And they can be very good citizens and the best way to make a good citizen is to make good fathers.”

Woody says he agreed because he feels that inmates who are allowed to dance with their daughters will be reminded why they should never return to jail once they’re released.

On Saturday, June 8, a dance was held with daughters ranging from age 4 to 16.

“I did this because I know how important family is.  Someone saved me.  I haven’t always been a law-abiding, law enforcement officer,” Woody said.

Hours before the dance, the men expected to meet their daughters are brought suits and dress shoes to their jail cells. Some of them are wearing a tie for the first time. Outside of their orange jumpsuits, they look like everyday men.

At home, 8-year-old A’maya Thomas was getting ready too. Her father, Antoine Thomas, is serving time for robbing a bank. “I get to touch him and I get to hug him and I get to kiss him,” she said.

When the big moment arrives, the young girls in brightly colored dresses are escorted down the drab and dreary halls of the jail.  When they walk past the solid steel mechanical doors, the fathers waiting on the other side start to cry. The young girls bounce across the hall and into their fathers’ arms.

The dance itself only lasts for a few hours, but in that short time, the young girls have real moments with their fathers.

When the men do time, their daughters do time, and they told us they plan to never let that happen to the girls again.

Ronnell Glasgow, here for selling drugs, promised to do better.

“I thought I needed material things to make my daughter happy, when what I needed was right in front of my face,” he said.

ABC News’ Michael Koenigs and Bradley Blackburn contributed to this report.

The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 1 – Getting Started

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are on the verge of making a major life change.  Rentering the job market after an absence can be terrifying.  And changing careers can seem impossible.

First let me tell you that you’re not alone.  There are a lot of us out there.  People primed to return to work, yet afraid of the unknown.

Over the past year, I’ve talked to a lot of men and women who are ready to work but not sure how to get back in the game.

I’ve talked to stay-at-home moms wanting to return to work, divorcees who suddenly found themselves fighting to survive, people who have been laid off,  people who have just received their green card and work visa and are not sure where to begin, and people who decided to change professions.

Like all of the people I’ve talked to, you’ve probably got…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 2 – You’ve Done More Than You Think

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

When I first thought about getting back into the workplace, I felt overwhelmed.  Things had changed so much since I last worked in a company.  There were so many things I didn’t know.   So many people already in the workforce who seemed smarter and younger.

I spent hours spinning my wheels, trying figure out where to begin.  The internet was flooded with articles and books on the topic.  I probably could have spent months sifting through it all only to find myself more lost and overwhelmed than ever – and probably back where I had started.  What I wanted was clear direction.

Then I met someone who changed the way I thought.

A friend introduced me to a career coach who had successfully helped dozens of clients of all ages and backgrounds reenter the workforce.  It was definitely worth…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 3 – Your Job Is Finding a Job

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

I love Dr. Phil.  He’s always so full of nuggets of wisdom, straight-talking advice and memorable quotes.  Some of my personal favorites are “We teach people how to treat us” and “If you want more, you have to require more from yourself.”  

Good stuff.

When I started my job search, I watched an episode of Dr. Phil about people who had relentlessly been looking for jobs without success.  His guest was Tony Beshara, a top placement and recruitment specialist, who wrote the book The Job Search Solution (which I subsequently bought and read).

One of the things that Beshara said on the show really stood out.  He said that you need to make finding a job YOUR JOB.

Interesting.

I immediately took stock of what I did on a daily basis with my time.  Looking after my son, exercise, reading the newspaper, meeting friends, walking the…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog 5 – Job Descriptions and Those Pesky Buzzwords

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible – Francis of Assisi

So you’ve completed your personality tests and set your new priorities.  From there, hopefully you were able to assess the type of job you would not only be suited for but that you would also enjoy.

Now it’s time to get online to see what types of skills you’ll need to get back into the workforce.  That’s where job descriptions come in handy.

Let’s say you’ve done marketing in the past and now you want to look for a marketing job.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to search for marketing jobs in your preferred level (entry level, manager, etc.) and in your geographical area.  For example, type in: marketing jobs entry level san francisco.  Hit search and…

BOOM!  Millions of results.

Yikes.

Don’t panic.  I’d recommend looking at…

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