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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

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Attention nonprofits -Beware of mild mannered volunteers with ulterior motives!!!

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Volunteers are  the life force behind a good nonprofit  outreach  community organization . Woman2Woman Empowerment is no exception. . We are presently seeking volunteers to fill several positions within our organization. As you know all non profits are always seeking volunteers. We always need bodies to help in all areas of the organization. The more hands the merrier is what I use to think. This experience might have changed that mindset for me.

We placed a listing on several sites for  volunteers for our program. Woman2Woman Empowerment  offers the community of Tuscaloosa Alabama  two program that primarily assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated person  in making a smooth transition back into the community. When we interview individuals we are seeking a certain type of person who is comfortable working with ex-offenders and who believes in 2nd, 3rd and even 4th chances.

Our organization is not one of those that is so hung up on everyone having a title and an elaborate position. We are more interested in assisting our target population in reaching and obtaining their goals. I am the founder and Exec Director and I hardly ever introduce myself as such.   We try very hard to add people to our ranks that feel this way as well. We are not always successful. Sometimes one gets by us-for a minute anyway.

Non profits let me give you a word of warning

If your volunteer says:

  • I am not interested in a position and then sends an email about how easy it will be to create a position for them in your company -This might not be a good match.
  • While you and said volunteer are  at a meeting and before you got there they  told people about you and had to represent the organization ,but they never introduce you to the people they talked you up to at said meeting -This might not be a good match.
  • We need to discuss a some sort of position to compensate for the research, connections and information (1 week’s worth by the way) of work that I have done for the organization since I’ve been here) -This might not be a good match.
  • You would not have known about such and such if I had not told you about it. Even though its public knowledge in a public forum . This might not be a good match
  • If after one week they feel that they are irreplaceable -This definitely is not a good match.

Now don’t get me wrong. The majority of volunteers want to do just that, volunteer with the organization. They are happy to be a part of your service organization.  And to you, oh wonderful  sincere volunteer, I take my hat and coat off to you.  We love and welcome volunteers. Thank you so much for the extra pair of hands and feet and heart that you give to your community. You are not concerned with position or posturing . You are content to serve without a title or a check.

But there are a small constituency of persons who want to take over what you have spent blood sweat and years of tears  to build. They feel they can do a better job or they have better ideas or better ability and skills.  They are not content to just serve or be a leader within the ranks. They want to be CEO or Exec Director or Board Chairperson. They are coming for your position within the company.

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If you are trying to take over my position while I am still in it then you might need …….

And with all the tact that you can muster ,you have to convey to them that your position is not open at this time.  You have to remind them that the volunteer position they interviewed for is very important to the mission of the organization. And if they insist upon coming after your position with the subtleness of a rhino them you have to suggest to them that maybe ,just maybe this might not be a good match.!

Woman2Woman Empowerment featured in Campus Newspaper

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Home of the Crimson Tide Football team. Roll Tide!!! Woman2Woman Empowerment is featured in the Crimson White Newspaper for  July 31. I was more than pleased with the article. Please follow the link and let me know what you think

http://issuu.com/thecrimsonwhite/docs/07.31.13/11?e=0