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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Formerly Incarcerated
Focuses on specific aspects of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, creed, and socioeconomic status
Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Jack Canfield; Mark Victor Hansen; Tom LaganaIn the spring of 2000, over 100,000 copies of Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul were distributed to prisoners, prison libraries and prison ministries throughout the United States. The hope was that this collection of stories would touch the hearts of prisoners and offer them hope and encouragement, as well as inspire them to transcend the limiting thinking and behaviors of their past. The book was so successful that the co-authors soon found themselves flooded with requests.
Call Number: HV8869 .C56 2000
How to Do Good after Prison by Michael B. Jackson; Ron Kenner (Ed); Guichard Cadet (Ed.)There are two types of barriers that can hinder an ex-offender's successful re-entry into society. There are those created by public policy and public attitude. However, in too many cases, there are also those barriers they create for themselves by lacking a plan, the right attitude, or the personal commitment to see it through. This book is a practical guide of advice, insight, and motivation to help ex-offenders overcome the barriers and succeed after prison.
Call Number: HV9281 .J33 2008
Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett by Jennifer GonnermanElaine Bartlett spent 16 years in Bedford Hills prison for selling cocaine--a first offense. The book opens on the morning of January 26, 2000, when Bartlett is set free and returns to New York City. At 42, she has nothing: no money, no job, no real home. Over the next months, she hunts for a job, negotiates the rules of parole, and campaigns for the repeal of the laws that led to her long prison term. This book is a 2004 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
Call Number: HV9468.B28 G66 2005
Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment by Elaine Gunnison; Jacqueline B. HelfgottIn this comprehensive exploration of the core issues surrounding offender reentry, Gunnison and Helfgott focus on the factors that enhance reentry success as they address challenges related to race, class, and gender. Drawing on accounts from corrections professionals and former inmates to illustrate the real-life consequences of reentry policy, they shed light on one of the key criminal justice issues of our time.
Call Number: HV9304 .G86 2013
When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry by Joan PetersiliaAs long as there have been prisons, society has struggled with how best to help prisoners reintegrate once released. But the current situation is unprecedented. As a result of the quadrupling of the American prison population in the last quarter century, the number of returning offenders dwarfs anything in America's history. Drawing on dozens of interviews with inmates, former prisoners, and prison officials, Joan Petersilia shows us how the current system is failing, and failing badly. She explores the harsh realities of prisoner reentry and offers specific solutions to prepare inmates for release, reduce recidivism, and restore them to full citizenship, while never losing sight of the demands of public safety.
The information in this 15-page pamphlet by the Texas Young Lawyers Association Family Law Committeee is for educational and informational purposes only. Please consult an attorney regarding specific legal questions.
Under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Section 55.01, you may be eligible for expungement (also referred to as "expunction").
Expungement, also known as expunction, refers to the complete elimination of your criminal record. This means the file, and all pertaining documentation is destroyed. Your record is as if it never existed.
Record sealing, or non-disclosure, limits access to your record and makes it harder for anyone to know about your criminal history. The documentation and file are still available, however. A government agency or a court order can open your record for view.
The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry.
According to this document, "In Texas, one in 22 adults are under some form of correctional supervision: in prison, in jail, on probation or on parole. On any given day, Texas’ massive state corrections system houses a daily average of 155,000 inmates in 114 state correctional facilities. Texas’ 246 county lockups house an additional 41,000 prisoners each day. Over half of the people (63%) in the county jails are not serving a sentence and are being detained for other reasons.There are nearly four times as many prisons and jails in Texas (360) as there are university campuses statewide (94)."
"A 2010 study noted that for the first time since 1972, the number of people released from prisons in the United States exceeded those admitted. Texas has not experienced a similar decline in numbers; however, Texas’ rate of incarceration has declined in recent years. Texas releases between 70-75,000 felons each year; half to straight release without supervision, the remainder to parole. The drop in the rate of incarceration has effectively swelled the ranks of ex-offenders that are now trying to navigate multiple roadblocks to reentry.
The newly released are expected to return to their communities, contribute to the tax base and participate constructively in society. For many, successful reentry - meaningful participation in society – remains a myth. All too often, people with a criminal record find themselves locked out of employment, shelter, public benefits, access to health care – everything that might contribute to a successful transition into society."
Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders by Ron KrannichOne of the most difficult problems facing ex-offenders is finding and keeping a job that can lead to a promising future. Most ex-offenders lack knowledge about opportunities appropriate for their red flag backgrounds. This is the first book to outline jobs that ex-offenders are likely to succeed in. The book also identifies various jobs (financial, security, education/child care) that are largely closed to ex-offenders because of the nature of their convictions. Published in 2009, some of the job opportunities may have changed.
Write a resume, explore career options, take practice tests such as EMS, firefighter, cosmetology, ASVAB, real estate, GED and more. This database is available in public and college libraries.
This product (and not ACC) requires that you register for a free account before accessing.Tutorials and e-books to help with job preparation, career advancement, and college readiness, as well as practice tests for the TOEFL, MCAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE, and AP tests. Also includes Computer Skills, Job & Career Accelerator, and Adult Learning centers..
Career One-Stop has compiled a list of resources to help ex-offenders find jobs. Lots of useful information, including "How to Talk about Your Conviction," a video, "Move Past Your Criminal Record" and suggestions on finding out who's hiring ex-offenders (there's no list of companies)..
Established by the Legal Action Center in 2001, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment (H.I.R.E.) Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. It is one of several special projects at the Legal Action Center. The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion.
(512) 463-0735, http://www.hirenetwork.org/content/texas
Texas Workforce Commission, 101 E. 15th St., Room 618, Austin, TX 78777
The mission of the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable is to be a robust collaborative to promote public safety through effective reentry and reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons and individuals with criminal histories.
(512) 926-5301, http://www.reentryroundtable.net
A/TCRRT, 3000 Oak Springs Dr., Austin, TX 78702
Our mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy. TIFA also provides parole workshops as well as online resources for our members.
(512) 371-0900, http://tifa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
TIFA, P.O. Box 300220, Austin, TX 78703
Released: Helping Prisoners Re-enter Society"RELEASED presents the hopeful stories of four parolees who prove that the tide of recidivism can be reversed if former prisoners are given the support they need to reenter society. The four -- Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Casimiro Torres and Angel Ramos - spent over 70 years in prison combined.