Category Archives: offenses

Returning Home -Meet Ms. Venessa Jones

Ms Venessa Jones gives an interview regarding her participation in the Empowering Choices Jail Program at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. She was an active participant. She currently participates in the Empowering Choices Alternative 2 Incarceration community program and serves as a volunteer with the organization. The ECA2I program is a 14 week enrichment program that assist ex-offender women in making a smooth transition back into the community.

Returning Home- Meet Ms. Ty’Wanda Johnson

Ms. Ty’Wanda Johnson was a participant in the Empowering Choices Jail Program at the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Tuscaloosa Al. She was an attentive student and applied the materials that she learned. She is currently participating in the Empowering Choices Alternative 2 Incarceration Community Program in Tuscaloosa . The program is a 14 week Skills enrichment program aimed to assist ex offenders in making a smooth transition back into the community.

Report Examines Private Probation Systems Funded by Probationers – CSG Justice Center

Report Examines Private Probation Systems Funded by Probationers
Thomas Barrett, destitute and living primarily off food
stamps, was arrested in 2012 for stealing a can of
beer valued at $2 and was sentenced to probation
with Sentinel Offender Services, a for-profit firm.
Despite selling his own blood plasma twice a week to
raise money, Barrett fell more than $1,000 behind in
his payments and was jailed for failure to pay.
© 2014 Jason Blalock for Human Rights Watch

 

Over a thousand courts in several states allow private companies to oversee probation, often with little government oversight or regulation. This report from Human Rights Watch, titled: Profiting from Probation: America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry, describes these privatized probation systems, which are funded primarily through fines paid by offenders, and documents cases in which probationers were jailed when they did not pay such fines. To view the report, click here.

Source

DATE: 2/24/13

PUBLISHER: Human Rights Watch

LOCATION: New York, NY

URL: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/us0214_ForUpload_0.pdf

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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