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We are a company that offers felons a dedicated website and portal to go to for job leads, service providers, education, training, housing and networking with others who have been successful overcoming their felon label. I founded this company because I know what it is like to be released from prison with nothing, with nowhere to go and zero chance of getting a job because I am a felon. Yet I was expected to reintegrate back into society. There were a few places that offered help but it was like going on a scavenger hunt to find them. I was determined to change my life around and with one search after another, I was able to succeed.
This site will be a One Stop with information and services that will help assist in felon’s re-introduction into civil society. This site will also be helpful to friends and family that are trying to assist the person with a felon.
The website will offer links for felon friendly employers who have been educated on the tax breaks given to companies that hire recent felons. These companies also believe as we do that everyone deserves a second chance. We also believe that the key to true rehabilitation is jobs.
While incarcerated a person may go to school and even earn a degree but once released they still can’t find a job, this is not the way the system should work. We believe if you have the skills to perform the job you should be given the chance to prove yourself. Jobs keep offenders from going back to their old ways and getting into more trouble. These jobs can’t be minimum wage because that is still a hindrance to rehabilitation.
This site will be growing continuously, providing information that will educate, inform and encourage everyone to take advantage of their SECOND CHANCE.
|BY NICOLE FLATOW ON JANUARY 7, 2014 AT 5:43 PM|
By age 23, 49 percent of all American black men will have been arrested at least once, according to a new study analyzing national survey data from 1997 to 2008. The study is the latest evidence that young black males are disproportionately exposed to the criminal justice system. But it also shows high rates of criminal interaction among all young American males. Some 38 percent of white males and 44 percent of Hispanic males will also have been arrested by the same age, according to the analysis in the journal Crime & Delinquency.
The study led by University of South Carolina criminologist Robert Brame tracked 7,000 youths starting between the ages of 12 and 17 who were surveyed over the course of several years, with a cut-off at age 23. Because the survey is limited in scope and relied on self-reporting, the results are not definitive. They do show, however, that “[c]umulative arrest prevalence rates are high, and there are good reasons for suspecting that these rates are not equally distributed throughout the population.”
The study aimed to expand from research on the United States’ astronomical prison population, recognizing that arrest has its own set of collateral consequences even when the individual is never charged or convicted, including loss of employment. And those exposed to the criminal justice system at a young age even through a police stop or arrest are considerably more likely to return to that system.
“A problem is that many males – especially black males – are navigating the transition from youth to adulthood with the baggage and difficulties from contact with the criminal justice system,” Brame said in a statement. What Brame describes is prevalent even within school walls, in what is known as the school-to-prison pipeline.
The study also aimed to distinguish how many young teens and adults are arrested once, while filtering out repeat arrests. FBI data, for example, shows that the arrest rate of African Americans is two times higher than that for whites, but it does not account for how many of those arrests were attributable to the same person.
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