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A blog about news and issues concerning men and women returning to society after incarceration.

Door to Employment are Opening for Returning Citizens

Based on this source: Pasquariello, Roy. (August 30, 2017). Opening doors to employment. The Hudson Reporter.

It is no secret that finding a job, let alone a career, is a difficult task for anyone. College graduates, high school graduates and even people with job experience have trouble but still have an advantage over those who are unemployed, underemployed or inexperienced.

Fortunately, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2013 to fund state programs in…

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) may claim tax credit by the following: “If the individual works at least 120 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 25% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit. If the individual works at least 400 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 40% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit.” According to the U.S.…

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John Oliver and Prisoner Re-entry

This video has been out there for a while; it is a different and houmorous look at prisoner re-entry. Be advised that there is a little bit of strong language in it but in my opinion this is out weighed by the message and it's common sense message.



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Prison is Expensive

This is a good interview about the cost of the criminal justice system.  



January 13th The Sandy Shack Show Executive Director of US Justice Action Network Holly Harris by 1510wmex on Mixcloud

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Testimony of an Ex-Felon

I want to share my testimony with you all and spread the word of God’s will and the blessings that he has bestowed upon me. I am so grateful for the person I have become through the grace of God.  My name is Celia Colon.  

As a teenage mother, I chose the gang life and, as a result, went to prison at the age of 18 for attempted murder and armed robbery.   I lived through it all; abuse, neglect and I saw death first hand. In August of 2000, after 6 and 1/2 years I was released.  I had...

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