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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Private Prisons: A billion-dollar-plus industry

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in The Film

CNBC Story by Dina Gusovsky | @DinaGusovsky The for-profit prison industry is estimated at as much as $7 billion to $8 billion, and both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., have spoken forcefully — Sanders even more so than Clinton — about a desire to phase out private prisons as part of the U.S. criminal system. “In my view, corporations should not be allowed to make a profit by building more jails and keeping more Americans behind bars,” Sanders...

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Federal Task Force Recommends Reducing Number Of Inmates By 60,000 In 10 Years

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in The Film

NPR Story by Carrie Johnson A bipartisan task force created by Congress issued “an urgent call to action” Tuesday to overhaul the nation’s federal prisons and reduce the number of U.S. inmates by 60,000 over the next decade. A new report from the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections found that punitive mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes represent “the primary driver” of prison overcrowding. The report recommends they be...

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Obama Bans the Box for Federal Employees

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in The Film

Obama bans the box By Ari Melber, MSNBC On Monday, President Obama is announcing a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees. It is a step towards what many criminal justice reformers call “ban the box” – the effort to eliminate requirements that job applicants check a box on their applications if they have a criminal record. While the rule was once seen as a common sense way for employers to...

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