A PLEA FOR HELP
Many times during the course of any given month, we receive in excess of ten  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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Recently Posted – 08/31/2012
Greyhound Bus Company needs to hire 600 bus drivers. No previous driving experience nor CDL license is needed.
They will train those hired. Applicants need to be over 25 years old and be able to pass drug screening test
There are some positions for those 22-24 years old. Starting salary is $25.00 per hour.
Interested parties should contact John Hall for further information at 773/925-1572 or 773/972-8196 or click on the following link
AMTRAK is hiring (NO DEGREE REQUIRED!!) AMTRAK HIRING – PASS IT ON!!! EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE A DEGREE! PASS-ON TO SOMEONE WHO CAN USE THIS!
Great jobs for young men who aren’t in college and strong young women also! This is Obama money for “infrastructure” the jobs are located all over, paid training in Atlanta. This is an awesome opportunity, please pass this on. These jobs pay good wages.
Training: You will attend two or three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta , GA. CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals as required by collective bargaining agreement.
Track Worker-030702 Job Summary: Work as a member of a crew to install new railroad track, maintain existing track and right-of-way. Replace or repair track switches with specific components. Slide and align tie plates. Drill holes through rails for insertion of bolts and tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends or rails together. Correct deviations in track surface, alignment and gauge Cut rails to specific lengths etc. Pay Rate Entry Rate $19.36/hour Full Rate $21.52/hour Promotional/ Advancement Opportunities: Under Maintenance of Way Collective Bargaining Agreement, Track Workers may be considered for advancement or promotion to other positions within the Engineering Department if qualified. Machine Operator $23.25 – $24.81/hour Welder Helper $21.93/hour Bridge Tender $21.93/hour Bridge Mechanic $22.65/hour Foreman $22.71 – $25.53/hour Track Inspector $23.98 – $25.14/hour Qualifications: High School diploma/GED; 18 years of age or older; Valid Driver’s License
At CSX, two of the company’s core values are People Make The Difference and Safety Is A Way of Life. We are committed to offering our team members the most competitive compensation and benefits package available, unlimited opportunities for development and growth throughout an exciting and rewarding career, and the safest work environment possible. CSX is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.
|Further information||Want more? Browse data sets for Cobb County|
|People QuickFacts||Cobb County||Georgia|
|Population, 2011 estimate||697,553||9,815,210|
|Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base||688,078||9,687,660|
|Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011||1.4%||1.3%|
|Persons under 5 years, percent, 2011||6.9%||7.0%|
|Persons under 18 years, percent, 2011||25.3%||25.4%|
|Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2011||9.1%||11.0%|
|Female persons, percent, 2011||51.4%||51.1%|
|White persons, percent, 2011 (a)||66.7%||63.2%|
|Black persons, percent, 2011 (a)||25.9%||31.0%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011 (a)||0.5%||0.5%|
|Asian persons, percent, 2011 (a)||4.7%||3.4%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011 (a)||0.1%||0.1%|
|Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011||2.2%||1.8%|
|Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2011 (b)||12.5%||9.1%|
|White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2011||56.0%||55.5%|
|Living in same house 1 year & over, 2006-2010||81.5%||82.3%|
|Foreign born persons, percent, 2006-2010||15.2%||9.6%|
|Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2006-2010||19.5%||12.7%|
|High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2006-2010||90.2%||83.5%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2006-2010||43.8%||27.2%|
|Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2006-2010||29.7||27.0|
|Housing units, 2010||286,490||4,088,801|
|Homeownership rate, 2006-2010||69.6%||67.2%|
|Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2006-2010||25.1%||20.5%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2006-2010||$211,000||$161,400|
|Persons per household, 2006-2010||2.62||2.66|
|Per capita money income in past 12 months (2010 dollars) 2006-2010||$33,110||$25,134|
|Median household income 2006-2010||$65,522||$49,347|
|Persons below poverty level, percent, 2006-2010||10.6%||15.7%|
|Business QuickFacts||Cobb County||Georgia|
|Private nonfarm establishments, 2009||19,247||219,3481|
|Private nonfarm employment, 2009||303,501||3,410,5051|
|Private nonfarm employment, percent change 2000-2009||-3.0%||-2.1%1|
|Nonemployer establishments, 2009||62,097||734,830|
|Total number of firms, 2007||77,945||901,105|
|Black-owned firms, percent, 2007||18.6%||20.4%|
|American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, percent, 2007||0.7%||0.7%|
|Asian-owned firms, percent, 2007||4.8%||5.1%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms, percent, 2007||0.1%||0.1%|
|Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2007||5.5%||3.6%|
|Women-owned firms, percent, 2007||31.7%||30.9%|
|Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1000)||5,651,641||144,280,774|
|Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000)||15,524,844||141,962,359|
|Retail sales, 2007 ($1000)||10,480,711||117,516,907|
|Retail sales per capita, 2007||$15,157||$12,326|
|Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1000)||1,393,471||16,976,235|
|Building permits, 2011||1,758||18,493|
|Federal spending, 2010||6,730,926||92,387,1191|
|Geography QuickFacts||Cobb County||Georgia|
|Land area in square miles, 2010||339.55||57,513.49|
|Persons per square mile, 2010||2,026.4||168.4|
|Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area|
Public Policy and External Relations
July 17, 2012
BOND COURT CHANGES
We applaud Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for taking a step in the right direction by releasing a report detailing new initiatives to reform the bond court system (Chicago Tribune: “Cook County looking at bond court changes,” July 12, 2012).
Those of us who work to break the cycle of crime and detention that destroys people’s lives and destabilizes communities are deeply encouraged, especially when all stakeholders involved with the report agree that we can do better.
We’re pleased that the County has identified effective ways to spend less of its budget on incarceration, and more on properly assessing and supporting those who could return to their families and communities at little to no risk to overall public safety.
According to the report released on July 12, 2012, by the Justice Advisory Council, it’s estimated that 900 inmates out of the 9,400 currently incarcerated are non-violent offenders with low bonds, yet they cannot afford to post bail or don’t have a residence, making them ineligible for home monitoring.
Under this new proposal, the county will save money-an estimated $143 per prisoner per day-and free up jail space by releasing low-level inmates who currently must remain incarcerated if they are unable to post the required bond money. And-most importantly-this cost saving will come at very low risk to the safety of our communities.
Through home monitoring, these low-risk defendants can continue to work, help their families or attend school. They can participate in critical out patient, community-based programs that successfully treat drug and alcohol addiction and are proven to reducing the overall recidivism rate. Rather than waiting idle for their trial at the Cook County Jail, they’ll have access to services that will provide them with the skills necessary to become law-abiding contributors to society.
Rather than sitting in jail at taxpayer expense, our hope is that many low-risk defendants will be returned to their communities and provided services that will allow them to make better life choices, rebuild their families, improve their communities, and become productive citizens. When that happens, we all benefit.
The authors and framers of the United States Constitution did a fine job in creating such a lasting document. But in the 5th Amendment, either through interpretation or criminal negligent – the phrase “double jeopardy” has been nothing short of disaster when it comes to its application – particularly as it relates to the less affluent within our society.
Judges across the land have done as good a job as possible when applying one of two elements needed to reach a fair and balanced decision when it comes to the least fortunate, always susceptible members of our society. And again, it’s good to point out that one of the reasons for such a strong outcome on cases with the 5th Amendment application is because there is no “judicial discretion” when it comes to the law itself. The restriction on both our federal and local law enforcement agencies is pretty steep and leaves no doubt as to the consequences of any attempt to violate such stipulation.
Looking back on all the laws within our Criminal Justice apparatus, the most enduring of the laws are the laws which does not allow for judicial discretion in the areas of its application. Since the Constitution itself seems incorruptible for the last two hundred plus years, I am almost 100% sure that it will be there until the end of time unless otherwise scrapped due to some fanatical takeover of our governmental structure as we know it now. God forbid!
We know that judges come and judges go. Some are elected while some others are appointed. As a result, judges can be influenced by ideology and in some cases, can be bought by various means while others can be bought for a price. Whenever rulings depend on judicial discretion, the full meaning of the law and its application can ultimately be lost and or corrupted.
I said earlier that one element of the law in the 5th Amendment is rock solid and its result un-impeachable. That is the first clause of the amendment which prohibits the prosecution of a person twice for the same offense post-conviction or acquittal on the same charges. In other words, one can only be prosecuted once for the same offense and if convicted, can only be sentenced once not multiple sentences.
A perfect example that most people can easily relate to is the Orenthal James [a.k.a O.J] Simpson’s case. Yes, the government was unhappy with the outcome when O.J Simpson was acquitted. With its unlimited financial resources, the government could have tried Mr. Simpson again in order to obtain a satisfactory outcome. Only the 5th Amendment prohibited the State of California from doing just that.
The part that the 5th Amendment ignored and should have dealt with is the part that deals with “double punishment” for the same crime. If there is a weak link in our criminal justice system, it is in the area of “double punishment” for the same crime. I might have lots of legal experts discarding my point right about now. Please allow me to elaborate a bit further. [To be Continued]
Did you know that as a first-time offender in GA, your felony can be erased after your prison term and successful completion of probation?
Vote like the rest of the citizens of the United States. It’s the law in Georgia. If you need help, let us know and we will assist you with the right information. Knowledge is power…..unless you seek it, it would continue to be elusive. Keep knowledge nearby as it may one day save you from traumatic events.