October 31, 2014

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The Justice Resource Center: Still Relevant

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A conversation with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
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The School to prison Pipeline
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You’ve Lost Your Right to Vote?
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LOUISVILLE NEWS

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Ex-offenders struggle in job search

 

STATE NEWS

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Company has lawsuits in Kentucky

 

NATIONWIDE

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Local Group Sends Books to Prisoners

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North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs
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Drugs, sex and violence: My hell as a Rikers guard

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JUVENILE JUSTICE

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The JJDPA (Still) Matters: Celebrating 40 Years of Reform

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Vanessa’s Eight Year Sentence

 

IN THE NEWS

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What we know about who police kill in America
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Private Prison Stocks Soar As Companies Cash In On Incarcerated Immigrants
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Wrongly Convicted Texas Inmate Who Died In Prison Gets Statue

REPORTS

 

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Study: Parental incarceration may be worse than divorce

OPINION

 

 

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Felons don’t deserve the stigma

 

 

 

 


 

Second Chance Kentucky, LLC

Alfred Thompson, Founder/CEO

athompson@secondchanceky.org
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Poems From Returning Citizens

Mail Call

Darkness and Lonliness fill my cell
w/pain and fear too great to yell

I wait for the Mailman to deliver to me
As I wipe away tears that no one will see

I Pray so sincere with head raised above
“Please, God, soon send a letter of love”

I long to gaze upon pages so dear
with wishes to bring my loved ones near

Words of diamonds on pages of gold
A message from heaven as their story is told

“We Love you. Miss you. Pray you’ll soon be free”
A treasure filled envelope just for me

Please bring memories of joys I once knew
family, friends and things we used to do

The darkness and pain of my cell will prevail
As my name was just called for Mail
By Gerald Niemi

Forgotten

Forgotten by society,
Believed to be a monster,
Forgotten by destiny,
Since I was a youngster,

Forgotten by life,
In a cruel unusual way,
Forgotten and forgotten,
Day by day.

No on my side,
Everyone’s against me.
Cursed by everyone,
And no wants to bless me.

Seems like they were perfect,
To throw the first stone.
Shattered every dream,
And broke every last bone.

I want to run and hide,
But I’m exposed at last.
They see my sins
As if I was a Cinemax.

God give me strength
So I can lift myself up,
And please God, please,
Never let me give up.

The world resents me,
But your love for me is the same.
So forget the world,
I’m gonna do this in your name.
I’m gonna do this right
For You and my family,
And also to prove
I can be what I cannot be.

I’m a soldier at heart.
I come up when I go down.
I keep my head over the water
Because I refuse to drown.

Other people’s criticism
No longer means a thing,
Because, just like me,
They are only human beings.

So please God,
Help me on this journey
And help me overcome
The obstacles before me.
By Rafael Gonzalez
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