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SUCCESS STORIES

From maximum security prison to tech entrepreneur

 

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My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times. He’s 3. 

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I WENT UNDERCOVER IN AMERICA’S TOUGHEST PRISONS

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Brother’s Keeper or Brother’s Killer 

 

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Louisville Metro Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Supportiing Voting Rights Restoration in Kentucky 
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Louisville’s Heroin Epidemic

 

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Beginning Jan 1, 2014 state law will require every petition for expungement in Kentucky to include a certificate of eligibility for expungement.

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Exclusive: Harry Reid Says Rand Paul is Right on Felon Voting Rights

 

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There is a Man in Texas Who Has Been Imprisoned 34 Years Without a Conviction

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Cops don’t know how to deal with mental illness, and it’s a huge problem

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE

Young Souls, Dark Deeds

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Four Michigan boys were playing last week when a 12-year-old fatally stabbed a 9-year-old, witnesses said. The older boy called 911 and reportedly said: “I just stabbed someone. Come and get me. I want to die.” He has been charged as an adult with murder. In a Milwaukee suburb two 12-year-old girls face adult assault charges for stabbing a friend in a case bizarrely tied to an Internet figure.Is it sometimes proper to charge even pre-teens as adults or is it unjust not to treat them as juveniles?

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Charged as Adults, Children Are Abandoned When They Could Be Saved

Marc Mauer is the executive director of

The Sentencing Project and the author of “Race to Incarcerate

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Some Young Offenders Are Beyond Redemption

Liz Hare is the president of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers

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Trying Kids as Adults Is a Harsh Practice That Serves No Purpose

Carmen Daugherty is the policy director for the Campaign for Youth Justice, which is on Twitter.

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Adult Charges Are Appropriate If a Child Is Found Competent

David LaBahn is the president and chief executive of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

 

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Researchers Examine Effects of a Criminal Record on Prospects for Employment

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Ambiguous Freedom

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VOTING AND POLICY

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McAuliffe restores voting rights of 2,500 felons

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Florida felons seek restoration of civil rights

 

 

 


 

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I hope that this site is helpful with assisting felons and others re-entering society. It was the help from my family, friends and service providers that helped me. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to those resources. Everyone benefits when a felon becomes a taxpayer. In Kentucky, one in 100 adults are behind bars (2008-), one in 35 adults are in prison or under supervision. The recidivism rate is 29.50% (2008-). When recidivism is cut by 1% the taxpayer saves dollars and a family member is saved. In order to maintain and grow this website, we have to ask for assistance. Please, contribute what you can.
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Poems From Returning Citizens

The Window

(A poem about jail glass between Mom and son)

There you are
On the other side of the window
You look sad and scared
Wondering where your son is about to go

You tell me you miss me
And that you want me home
Then you smile
And tell me how much my little brother has grown

We catch up on lost times
As fast as we can
Because we both know
We'll probably never see each other again

You start crying
And I can see
That deep inside you're dying
You're blaming yourself
For not being the best mom
And I tell you
It was my choice to do wrong

It hurts me to see you blaming yourself
Because I know that deep inside
You wish you could help
Because you already have one son gone
And you're about to lose another one

The only thing you want right now
Are your two oldest children
Back with their little brother
And home with their loving mother

It's about time for you to go
We sit in silence
Wishing that we were on the same side of the window
That we could hug for one last time
Before I get sent away for my crime

You put your hand to the glass
And I start crying
I've hurt so many people and this is the last
Because it's not worth watching my whole life go
Behind the window

William J. Ray

“Loving A Convict”

Loving a convict is hard they say
Even when it’s your son it’s a tough price to pay

As you think of all the words left untold
Leaving only pictures with memories to hold

Countless times he whispers he loves you
Leaving the wind to carry back the message - you love him too..

He can no longer cry so his soul sheds his tears
His constant company are his hopes, dreams, and fears

So if you love him and miss him tell him so
Write it down so he’ll always know…

I’m looking in the mirror can you see
The man I’m speaking of is me

Anthony Bond

BUSTED – TODAY

First I crush, then I snort
these ice cold beers,
got me in I don’t five a f*** mode
The RED and the BLUE, the police police have arrived too.
The chase, the Taser pointed at my face.
Wak’n up starin’ at 4 walls
Too much think’n, years gone
Eyes blink’n still criminal think’n
Dreamin’ of my release, still
Think’n f*** the police.
Loneliness, I know that felling so well
Loves lost never been scared of hell, where is my Ryder?
Sitting here strait dreaming,
Hold out your hand
This is the introduction of a real man, a whiteboy, a wood
hit me up together it could be all good!

Ryan Mueller

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