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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

104.1/104.3 FM Radio Interview

If you’re a fan of Tom Joyner Morning Show or you care deeply about the issues of our ex-offender population, then you’ll have the opportunity to listen to our Executive Director in a one on one conversation with Sasha The Diva on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 between 6:00 am & 10:00 am on 104.1 FM talking about the problems with our correctional systems. If you miss it on the Radio, then check back here to listen to and download the podcast. You’ll be glad you did. Hot Stuff!

[Date is subject to change without notice. Please keep checking back in case it is postponed to allow for more advertising of this very essential conversation

Job Bank – Greyhound Bus Drivers

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

www.greyhound.com/en/drivingcareers.aspx.

Amtrak Posting

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.

 

Know The Facts – Census Bureau 2011

Cobb County, Georgia

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People QuickFacts Cobb County Georgia
Population definition and source info Population, 2011 estimate 697,553 9,815,210
Population definition and source info Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base 688,078 9,687,660
Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1 definition and source info Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 1.4% 1.3%
Population definition and source info Population, 2010 688,078 9,687,653
Persons under 5 years, percent definition and source info Persons under 5 years, percent, 2011 6.9% 7.0%
Persons under 18 years, percent definition and source info Persons under 18 years, percent, 2011 25.3% 25.4%
Persons 65 years and over, percent definition and source info Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2011 9.1% 11.0%
Female persons, percent definition and source info Female persons, percent, 2011 51.4% 51.1%
White persons, percent definition and source info White persons, percent, 2011 (a) 66.7% 63.2%
Black persons, percent definition and source info Black persons, percent, 2011 (a) 25.9% 31.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent definition and source info American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011 (a) 0.5% 0.5%
Asian persons, percent definition and source info Asian persons, percent, 2011 (a) 4.7% 3.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent definition and source info Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011 (a) 0.1% 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent definition and source info Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011 2.2% 1.8%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent definition and source info Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2011 (b) 12.5% 9.1%
White persons not Hispanic, percent definition and source info White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2011 56.0% 55.5%
Living in same house 1 year & over definition and source info Living in same house 1 year & over, 2006-2010 81.5% 82.3%
Foreign born persons, percent definition and source info Foreign born persons, percent, 2006-2010 15.2% 9.6%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+ definition and source info Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2006-2010 19.5% 12.7%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+ definition and source info High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2006-2010 90.2% 83.5%
Bachelor Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2006-2010 43.8% 27.2%
Veterans definition and source info Veterans, 2006-2010 47,766 708,862
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+ definition and source info Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2006-2010 29.7 27.0
Housing units definition and source info Housing units, 2010 286,490 4,088,801
Homeownership rate definition and source info Homeownership rate, 2006-2010 69.6% 67.2%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent definition and source info Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2006-2010 25.1% 20.5%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units definition and source info Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2006-2010 $211,000 $161,400
Households definition and source info Households, 2006-2010 256,741 3,468,704
Persons per household definition and source info Persons per household, 2006-2010 2.62 2.66
 definition and source info Per capita money income in past 12 months (2010 dollars) 2006-2010 $33,110 $25,134
 definition and source info Median household income 2006-2010 $65,522 $49,347
Persons below poverty level, percent definition and source info Persons below poverty level, percent, 2006-2010 10.6% 15.7%
Business QuickFacts Cobb County Georgia
Private nonfarm establishments definition and source info Private nonfarm establishments, 2009 19,247 219,3481
Private nonfarm employment definition and source info Private nonfarm employment, 2009 303,501 3,410,5051
Private nonfarm employment definition and source info Private nonfarm employment, percent change 2000-2009 -3.0% -2.1%1
Nonemployer establishments definition and source info Nonemployer establishments, 2009 62,097 734,830
Total number of firms definition and source info Total number of firms, 2007 77,945 901,105
Black-owned firms, percent definition and source info Black-owned firms, percent, 2007 18.6% 20.4%
American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, percent definition and source info American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, percent, 2007 0.7% 0.7%
Asian-owned firms, percent definition and source info Asian-owned firms, percent, 2007 4.8% 5.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms, percent definition and source info Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms, percent, 2007 0.1% 0.1%
Hispanic-owned firms, percent definition and source info Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2007 5.5% 3.6%
Women-owned firms, percent definition and source info Women-owned firms, percent, 2007 31.7% 30.9%
Manufacturers shipments definition and source info Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1000) 5,651,641 144,280,774
Merchant wholesaler sales definition and source info Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000) 15,524,844 141,962,359
Retail sales definition and source info Retail sales, 2007 ($1000) 10,480,711 117,516,907
Retail sales per capita definition and source info Retail sales per capita, 2007 $15,157 $12,326
Accommodation and food services sales definition and source info Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1000) 1,393,471 16,976,235
Building permits definition and source info Building permits, 2011 1,758 18,493
Federal spending definition and source info Federal spending, 2010 6,730,926 92,387,1191
Geography QuickFacts Cobb County Georgia
Land area in square miles definition and source info Land area in square miles, 2010 339.55 57,513.49
Persons per square mile definition and source info Persons per square mile, 2010 2,026.4 168.4
Persons per square mile definition and source info FIPS Code 067 13
Persons per square mile definition and source info Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area

 

 

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GEORGIA should follow ILLINOIS

Public Policy and External Relations

July 17, 2012

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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.

Diane Williams

President

Safer Foundation

Pamela Rodriguez

President

TASC, Inc.

The 5th Amendment – Part 1

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]

Top 5 Dubious

Top 5 dubious rankings
by By Mike Klein

Knowledge Power

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.

 

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