Public Safety Act of 2016

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in The Film

Public Safety Act of 2016 In 2014, Governor Haslam established a Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety. The task force included stakeholders from across Tennessee and produced a report last year detailing recommendations to reduce crime and address the growth of the prison and jail population. Many of these recommendations were included in the recently announced multi-year public...

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Edwins Restaurant is changing the face of reentry

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in The Film

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio is a unique approach at giving formerly-incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry  while providing a support network necessary for a successful reentry. Started by Brandon Chrostowski, a former prisoner, who got a second chance while on probation from a mentoring chef named George. Watching as friends and family cycled in and out of the justice system, like a merry go round, Chrostowski...

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Living My Second Chance

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in The Film

My name is Patricia Lefler, and I am a small business owner, a nature enthusiast, a mother, a Christian, a college graduate, and last, because it is the least, I am a convicted felon. I began working for myself in the fall of 2013, and named my business, ‘Junkyard Revival’ Landscape Management, after an Annual Women’s Outreach Event I started that same year in Kingsport, Tn. With a past record, the 4-year college degree I once earned became useless in...

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Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in The Film

For the New York Times by SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ERIK ECKHOLM APRIL 22, 2016 WASHINGTON — Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power on Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing the Republican-run legislature. The action effectively overturns a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution aimed, he said, at disenfranchising African-Americans. The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in...

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Poor offenders pay high price when probation turns on profit

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in The Film

By ADAM GELLER and SHARON COHEN For the entire article, please click here. MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — Outside the $200-a-week motel room that Steven Gibbs and his family call home, the afternoon sun sparkled. Inside, though, he had the curtains pulled tight. After working third shift at a round-the-clock McDonalds, his wife, Debbie, sat on the edge of one bed, her eyes closed. But the hour didn’t matter. “Half the time I’m scared to go outside the...

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