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(New Date)OnSite Recruitment AirServ Nov. 4th and 10th

New Job Posting – OCTOBER

Onsite – Trimac Transportation 11-2-15 ARHC

After reviewing the flyer below, please let us know if you’ll need help in following and though with the employer. Thank You

 

EXPUNGE YOUR RECORD

Interested about finding out more information about your previous criminal history? Here is an opportunity for learn how to do just that. Starting on October 2nd, 2015; the Georgia Justice Project is holding a one-hour information session for individuals who have questions about how to read their criminal history, what they can get restricted (expunged), and how to get a pardon.

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more, please email me directly for more at: REENTRY

Best of luck in taking a giant leap towards a clean record.

Executive Director – Reentry

Frito Lay Job Fair July 23rd

Frito Lay Job Fair

 

 

 

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OnSite Recruitment Frito Lay ARHC July 23

Georgia Capitol Visit

The result of the gathering at the State Capitol. Information about how prison has become “big business.” Be careful! Thanks Matthew!

Our story with the most shares this week focused on the rise of private, for-profit prisons. Yes, there is such a thing; in fact, it’s a $70 billion industry and many of the major contractors who oversee these prisons are also publicly traded corporations.

Wait, how?

States hire these companies because they’re cash strapped, and the cost of incarcerating people is not cheap — between $24,000-$30,000 annually. Private prison companies claim they can house, feed, and monitor inmates more cost effectively than state governments and so there you have it– they win big contracts.

Why is this messed up?

Most private prison contractors have occupancy guarantees that mandate their prisons remain between 80 and 90 percent full. In other words, the more prisoners they house, the more money they make. And the more prisons that are built, the more contracts they win.

A perverse business model

The business model of private prisons is to maximize the amount of people in America who are locked up– not to rehabilitate or ultimately lower incarceration rates. That’s why these companies fight hard for “tough on crime” policies. In the past 10 years, the Corrections Corporation of America (the largest private prison company) spent 17.4 million on lobbying government to criminalize more activities and increase sentencing periods.

This is one reason why America has more prisoners per capita than any other nation in the world and why nearly 1 in 3 young people will be arrested by age 23.

So what can we do?

For starters, do not invest in or buy shares of publicly traded private prison corporations. Second, vote for politicians who want to reduce the incarceration rate and end the War on Drugs. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so here.

 

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Attention Service Agencies

Are you a service agency that needs some furnishings for your program? Do you service men and occasionally have a need for donated clothing for men in your program? If so, please send email with your contact number to info@reentryproject.org so we can add you to our database. Items offered to Reentry that we cannot accept due to lack of space may be re-routed to your programs to help for free.

Thank You for your service to those in need of helping hands.

Executive Director
Reentry Project Inc.

 

 

 

Gov. Signs Criminal Bill into Law

Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

Gov. Nathan Deal signs Senate Bill 365 on Sunday during a special morning service at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville. The bill aims to help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

“It is that third leg of the criminal justice reform program that we’ve put in place,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “The first were the adult accountability courts. Second was the juvenile diversion centers, and this third will be the transition, support and re-entry (program) for those who are in our system who will be getting out.”

Deal signed Senate Bill 365 into law Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville. The changes, part of the governor’s three-pronged approach to criminal justice reform, focuses on helping inmates make the transition from incarceration back into society.

“That is dealing with our population in our prison systems,” Deal said. “Those almost 60,000 individuals. At some point in time, almost all of them will be paroled and will be back in our society. If we do not do what we can to make it possible for them to re-enter and be law-abiding citizens when they re-enter, then we have, in fact, increased the danger to all of us as Georgians.”

According to Deal, one in three inmates on parole end up going back into prison within three years of their release.

“This speaks to a number of issues that Georgia has lagged behind,” said Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville. Miller was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 365. “I think the governor has shown great leadership in having this criminal justice reform (be a part of) his administration.”

The bill Deal signed Sunday addresses education levels and job opportunities for former inmates; more will now have access to GED and post-secondary training programs.

“Almost 70 percent of the inmates in our state prison system do not have a high school diploma or a GED,” Deal said. “Now, you know how difficult it is for someone who does not have that kind of basic educational skill to get a job. Tack on top of that, a felony record that you bring with you.”

To help increase education levels among inmates, Deal has hired outgoing Forsyth County Superintendent Buster Evans to join the Department of Corrections in July as the assistant commissioner of education.

“We’re going to turn many of these individuals around,” Deal said. “We’re going to give them the chance to do what they did not take advantage of … when they were younger. And that was to get a high school diploma.”

Deal also said the state will set an example for private sector employers by not automatically dismissing job applicants with a criminal history.

“We decided Georgia can set the right example,” Deal said. “With the exception of certain jobs that would require a little higher scrutiny of background, all of the other jobs — which is a vast majority of jobs in state government —somebody will not be automatically rejected because they had to check that box.

“If somebody has taken advantage of the opportunity to change their life and to change who they are, they deserve the chance to tell somebody that’s considering them for a job what those changes have been.”

A certification program will be created to help adult inmates better transition out of prison and back into their community. After course completion and their release, they’ll be able to show that certificate to potential employers.

“I support the governor in his efforts to provide additional opportunities for offenders to transition successfully back into society,” Warden Walt Davis of the Hall County Correctional Institute said. “That’s really the gist of it. He’s setting up things, he’s putting things into motion, he’s looking at some changes … to help eliminate some of those things, and to allow a more successful transition. I commend him for that.”

The law encompasses other areas well, including giving judges more discretion when suspending the driver’s license of someone with a minor drug offense.

It also revises some aspects of foster care, including making sure a child’s long-term housing plan is periodically reviewed to ensure it’s still the best plan for that child.

“When does a kid go into foster care? Why does he go into foster care?” Miller said. “If he has a delinquent act, how do you handle it? That’s important, because children should have an environment of support and encouragement and stability. This speaks to that, and this speaks to foster care children being provided a better venue and a more stable home environment.”

Deal hopes the changes, once implemented, will decrease how many offenders return to prison, instead remaining at home and able to contribute to their families and communities.

“How fast will we see the changes? I can’t tell you that,” the governor said. “Sometimes, you have to plant the seedling and wait a few years to be able to sit under the shade of it.

“But if you never plant the seedling, you’ll never have the tree to sit under. So today, we’re planting the seedling.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

JOB FAIR ATLANTA

If you’re an ex-offender and need help with getting ready for this Job Fair, please email or call us now.

 


 NATIONAL CareerFairs

You are invited to the

Atlanta Career Fair

Where
HOTEL CAPITOL PARK ATLANTA 
450 Capitol Avenue SE 
Atlanta, GA 30312
When
February 5, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Register for Free And Get:

  • Free onsite resume reviews from career experts
  • Access to the full list of participating companies
  • Email reminders with helpful career tips and advice
  • Our Career Fair Guide to print and bring to the event
Register Now
Dozens of companies will be hiring for multiple positions:

  

And Many More!

Register Now – It’s Free!

The Federal Bonding Program

Been an eX-offender can be a burden on its own when it comes to job search. However, the burden should not be consider permanent as their is always a way out with a strong will. Attending technical schools or obtaining some type of required skills can be an asset for the eX-offender, but not without its own challenge. Again, when there is a will, there is always a way.

If you are considering getting a new skill set to help facilitate your transition, then consider more information about the “Federal Bonding Program.” The program is offered by the Department of Labor at no cost to you, the eX-offender. If you need more information or know someone who does, please visit or call your local/nearest Department of Labor for more location.

You can also visit http://www.servicelocator.org for more information on how to apply, necessary forms needed to apply and assistance on how to complete and submit the forms. When all else fails, please send email to newstart@reentryproject.org to request assistance. Good luck in your job search.

 

A Mother’s Cry

A PLEA FOR HELP

Many times during the course of any given month, we receive in excess of ten [10] calls from mothers across from the State of Georgia; particularly from Cobb, Dekalb and Fulton Counties for help. These calls are from mothers of incarcerated young men ranging from age 19 through 35 – sometimes older. And what do they have in common? They are all pleading for help. Can you please help my son? He’s coming home [not from military service in Afghanistan or Iraq] but from the prison system after 3, 4, 5 years or sometimes longer sentences.

I am sure when you click on this page, you expect to find it and read the content on it which in turn will empower you to go and do something…whatever that something is, perhaps just for basic information. But you found the page. Imagine after clicking on this page – you find an error page. A 404 Error page with no further instructions….A dead-end! Nothing! How will it feel?

That’s how most of these mothers feel when all they get, at every attempt made in seeking help for their loved ones; ends up in a dead-end. Also, they hear “sorry, we can’t help you” or “call this number or that number etc”. My experience with this project has taught me that telephone numbers in itself do not help people. People – help people.

So, would you help Reentry Project of Cobb County help those mothers who are trying to help their children? We do appreciate your help. Remember that all of your donations to this or other non-profit agencies qualify as tax-deductible.

We are mostly in need of sponsors for our work related program to help get 600 young men out of the streets,  permanently out of the prison industry and into the work force. Please ask for a confidential plan on how this can come to life with your generosity.

From the Desk of Program Director

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