Greetings from ICCA
Norm Chamberlain began his career at Pioneer as a part time counselor. He was recruited by Executive Director Lloyd Snider and Dick Hudson to take over as Executive Director, a position he retained from 1969 – 1984. This story is told by the Honorary Governors of Pioneer, some of whom served on the first Pioneer Industries’ Board of Directors.
Alvis House Clients
Clients share how their lives have been transformed by Alvis House
Job Searching for Ex Offenders
Learn job search techniques, how to answer tough interview questions, and how to market yourself.
Behind the Mask: Reducing Recidivism and Transforming Lives: Sabra Williams
Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an artist and Founder of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project. After establishing a body of work as an actress and television presenter in the United Kingdom and internationally, Sabra became an “alien of exceptional ability” upon her arrival to Los Angeles in 2002. In 2004 she was honored with an invitation to serve as a company member of The Actors’ Gang (Tim Robbins, Artistic Director). Based in part on her experience of working in prisons in the United Kingdom with The English Shakespeare Company and The London Shakespeare Workout, Sabra created The Actors’ Gang Prison Project and currently serves as the program’s director in addition to serving as the company’s Director of Outreach, overseeing prevention programs for at-risk youth and gang members. The program has been featured by the British Broadcasting Corporation, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and National Public Radio, as well as other publications, articles, and radio and television shows.
In her Talk, Sabra shares her work with inmates from The California Institute for Men, The California Institute for Women, The California Rehabilitation Center and New Folsom Prison, illustrating the power of the Arts to effect social and inner transformation.
Engaging Families and Positive Support Networks for Reentering Adults
CSG Justice Center
Research shows that incarcerated individuals have better outcomes when they maintain contact with supportive family members. This session focuses on implementing effective strategies for engaging the families of individuals in the reentry process. In addition to highlighting the research related to family involvement, two Second Chance Act grantees highlight their approaches for increasing engagement and cultivating the strengths of families and support networks.
Margaret diZerega, Director, Family Justice Program, Vera Institute of Justice
Erik Vecere, Vice President, National Programming, National Fatherhood Initiative
Liv Jenssen, Manager, Transition Services Unit, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Oregon
Kelli Finley, One Family Program Manager, Community Works
Due Process – Prisoner Reentry: Breaking the Cycle
The odds are almost insurmountable: a man or woman leaving prison with no skills, no money, no job, no preparation, no prospects. That’s the grim reality for most people trying to reenter a society in which they failed – and which failed them – in the first place.
So it’s no wonder that jails and prisons seem to have a kind of revolving door – nearly everyone will eventually be released, and a shockingly high percentage will find their way back in.
On this edition of Due Process, the dilemma of reentry, of breaking the cycle of recidivism. In the field piece, Sandra King, with the help of Associate Producer Tania Ivanova, explores some creative approaches to setting troubled lives on track – from intensive drug rehab, to job training and placement, and even a unique program employing photography as a medium for self-discovery.
In the studio, Sandy and Raymond Brown get some thought-provoking, even surprising analysis from former Gov. Jim McGreevey, now a seminary graduate with a prison ministry; from Cornell Brooks, President and CEO of the NJ Institute for Social Justice, which has been in the forefront of the reentry reform movement, and from Nancy Wolff, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers’ Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy.
Employment and Reentry: Improving Employment Outcomes and Reducing Recidivism
CSG Justice Center
Individuals returning home from prison or jail often identify employment as one of the most important factors in helping them stay crime-free. There are some research studies that support these anecdotal reports, suggesting that employment can help decrease the likelihood that an individual will re-offend and be incarcerated. This session provides an overview of some of the key research findings. Presenters discuss how some programs are using the research findings to change policies and practices that can improve outcomes for men and women returning to the community.
Cindy Redcross, Senior Associate, MDRC
Mindy Tarlow, CEO/Executive Director, Center for Employment Opportunities
Steven McCullough, Chief Operating Officer, Safer Foundation
John Padilla, Associate Director, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Le’Ann Duran, Deputy Director, State Initiatives Division, CSG Justice Center
Hank Rosen, Policy Analyst, CSG Justice Center
RELEASED TO LIFE
RELEASED TO LIFE was selected as “Washington’s Best Film” in a competition held by SnagFilms and the D.C. Office of Television and Motion Picture Development. The award was announced at a ceremony on January 30th, 2012 at George Washington University. Congratulations to the filmmakers.
It is estimated in the United States that one in every 31 adults are currently incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. This is the highest rate of involvement in the criminal justice system in the world. These figures have risen exponentially since the 1980s, due to the increased incarceration of non-violent drug offenders. While more than 70% of this population reside in the civilian community, two-thirds of prisoners released will be re-arrested and more than half will return to prison within three years of their release. The high rate of recidivism is tied to many factors including mental and physical health disparities, substance abuse, access to affordable housing and homelessness, access to education and employment, and the breakdown of family and community support. These factors were exacerbated in Washington D.C. during the 1980s and 1990s because of the city’s lack of regional revenue to fund re-entry programs. In reaction to these conditions, The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), a federal agency was established in Washington D.C. in 1997 to assist ex-offenders and increase the likelihood of their successful reintegration into society. Today the Washington DC Metropolitan Area still faces high recidivism rates as programs intended to aid re-entry into the system have been progressively cut.
In 2008 the federal government introduced legislation to try and reverse this troubling trend of recidivism by passing the “Second Chance Act”, which authorized federal grants to agencies aimed at reducing recidivism. This legislation offers a step toward reducing prison populations and increasing the odds for successful re-entry, yet it is currently at risk of not being re-authorized. Despite ongoing efforts by criminal justice groups aimed to increase funding of re-entry programs, greater emphasis needs to be placed on reentry programs within correctional facilities themselves.
Blacklisted on the Outside: The Importance of Supportive Networks for Ex-Offenders
Blacklisted on the Outside addresses the phenomenon of prison recidivism, its contributing factors, and possible solutions to the problem. The program features a panel of experts in the field as well as compelling testimony from ex-convicts who are members of The Network for Better Futures, a north Minneapolis program that addresses the needs of men with criminal backgrounds by creating a sense of family, responsibility, and support. Produced by Ciana Cullens, for SPNN Saint Paul Neighborhood Network. 2010
Successful Reentry from Prison – DC Public Safety Television
The topic for the 30th TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and the Office of Cable Television is “Successful Reentry from Prison.”
The program provides an overview of the lives of four people who have successfully reentered society after spending time in prison. What are the lessons learned? What should society understand about their experiences that will lead to greater support of programs and resources for successful reentry?
The host is Nancy M. Ware, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.
- Eddie Ellis, Activist
- Lashonia Etheridge-Bey of the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen’s Affairs
- Participants-second segment:
- Lamont Carey, President/CEO, LaCarey Enterprises, LLC
- Petrina Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Clean & Sober Streets
The Stop Box: The Cycle of Recidivism
Someone with a criminal record and low education will have a difficult time living a fruitful life without any limitation. This type of frustration can lead to more crimes landing the once freed citizen back in jail within three years; a reality for many inmates who are released today.