|DOJ officials seemed proud of their accomplishments, however,|
most US prisoners wind up re-incarcerated after three years.
But as a taxpayer, I felt a little cheated and disillusioned the last day of the Southern Regional Meeting to End Mass Incarceration held in Atlanta on April 24.
|Solomon explained Justice Dept. achievements while Chuck Taylor listened.|
One attendee, however, said his life after incarceration has been a living hell, even with well-funded Justice Dept. programs in place to help and a gubernatorial pardon.
|Many formerly incarcerated husbands have to depend on |
their wives' incomes to feed their families and pay the bills.
|Although filing a discrimination complaint is an option, plaintiffs seldom win.|
EEOC charge stats: http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/charges.cfm
Here are some programs that the government has undertaken to help.
Second Chance Fellowships - one available, but applications no longer being accepted
Fair Chance Hiring Summit - planned for later this year, organized by Tony Myers
Reentry MythBusters website - http://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/projects/mythbusters/
Collateral Consequences - http://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/projects/mythbusters/
Pell grants for formerly incarcerated
Law Enforcement Without Prohibition (LEAP) - http://www.leap.cc/
New Beginnings job training with Urban League - http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/community-outreach/new-beginnings
Other measures grassroots organizations want to become priorities:
Pass "Ban the Box" at federal level.
Curb corruption between judges and bail bondsmen.
Ensure that money for programs to help formerly incarcerated persons are accounted for.
Target programs against trafficking and prostitution of young women.
Help women in jails which are under consent decrees, like in New Orleans.
Make sure Title VII is followed.
Institute pre-arrest diversion programs.