Re-entry mission keeps felons on course

For years, 29-year-old Jimmy Brown made his living selling drugs. In the future, he hopes to rebuild his life by building homes. Full Story
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smitty

Shepherdsville, KY

#1 Mar 14, 2007
bravo - bravo
Thank you - Gov. Daniels!!!!!
dclark

United States

#2 Mar 14, 2007
Thank God somebody with a plan!!!!
Concerned Citizen

Carmel, IN

#3 Mar 14, 2007
This is EXCELLENT; absolutely astounding! My only prayer is that restructuring for the prisons are considered as well. As opposed to "Adult Day Care Centers" where there is minimal rehabilatation (the prisons), my prayer is that more preparation is given to the inmates in prison (non re-entry facilities) even before given an opportunity to go into re-entry. More classes should be made availabe in prison (life skills, job trades, counsellors (who are really concerned), etc) and not just made available to those with a shorter sentence; that's bias. You never know what God is going to do so prepare all of the men, womenm and children who are incarcerated; offer true rehabilitation BEGINNING in the prison, after all, that's what prison is supposed to do.
Amber

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Mar 14, 2007
I think this is an excellent program. Good Job,somebody actually cares, and can admit that more needs to be done before releasing and ex-con back into the community.
Andrea

United States

#5 Mar 14, 2007
Exceptional program!
sue

Fortville, IN

#6 Mar 14, 2007
This I agree is a great program. Unfortunately, we have a real problem in this State with employers willing to give ex-felons a chance to prove they have changed. I have a friend who has proven through work release he is dependable, a leader, hardworker and yet now he can't find a job. He has many labor, construction skills to offer. The jobs are there but no one will put out that helping hand. He has put in 20 applications in 1 week with all negative results and comments. How can we expect them to continue down the right path if we don't open that path up for them to start the walk?
question

United States

#7 Mar 14, 2007
does this program allow "sex-offenders" to participate??? Does anyone know?
Prisoner of my own Mind

Brownsburg, IN

#8 Mar 14, 2007
sue wrote:
This I agree is a great program. Unfortunately, we have a real problem in this State with employers willing to give ex-felons a chance to prove they have changed. I have a friend who has proven through work release he is dependable, a leader, hardworker and yet now he can't find a job. He has many labor, construction skills to offer. The jobs are there but no one will put out that helping hand. He has put in 20 applications in 1 week with all negative results and comments. How can we expect them to continue down the right path if we don't open that path up for them to start the walk?
Frankly, a lot of released inmates done it to themselves. Some employers were burned by hiring ex-inmates that in the end stole from their employer or sunk into recidivism and the employer had to hire someone else to fill the job. Some employers resolve never to hire another ex-inmate. There is a very rigid stereotype for ex-inmates with relation to employers. Which is a shame. Also, some jobs cannot be done by someone with a record. Period.

Not to mention ex-inmates are typically competing with illegals for the same types of jobs. But that is a whole other ball o'wax.

Since: Feb 07

Collinsville, MS

#9 Mar 14, 2007
This is a wonderful program. I believe programs like this should be made mandatory for re-entry into society. If prisoners can't prove themselves here, then they need to go back to prison. Far too many inmates who have truly reformed are thrown back to the wolves, because they can't find any help or anyone to believe in them. Hats off to this center!!!
Joyce

Rockford, IL

#10 Mar 14, 2007
I have a newphew who is currently at the PREF facility. I have been told by most of the "residents" that there is nothing to do, no programs have been started and they are getting restless. Approximately 100 of the residents recently in the past week wrote Mr. Donahue to complain that programs promised have not come to truition. What is the problem?
Joyce

Rockford, IL

#11 Mar 14, 2007
question wrote:
does this program allow "sex-offenders" to participate??? Does anyone know?
Absolutely not, that is stated in the applications they fill out.
Hoo

Columbus, OH

#12 Mar 14, 2007
great news!
1 point for NMM
question

United States

#13 Mar 15, 2007
Thank you for answering. I have another question - doesn't seem like I can get answered anywhere. If a man has been jail for 20 years and was out one time for 6 months and produced a child.(life time sex offender for rape). Does he have rights to the child he produced and if so how much?
Joyce wrote:
<quoted text>Absolutely not, that is stated in the applications they fill out.
Jenafer Fye

United States

#15 Apr 16, 2007
I would like to know why it is that every employment agency in Indiana will scan for felons and reject the application if they have a felony? Yet most felons return to prison because no one will hire them and they resort to what they can do, commit crime. I have a huge problem with this issue and still have no idea how anyone in Indiana can talk about released offenders in a negative way when we are out here with jobs available but will not give them a chance to be hard productive citizens. I feel that some of these offenders would be a better employee than someone who has never had that luxury taken from them or forfieted it due to a bad choice. What can we do to help these felons gain employment?
Jenafer Fye

United States

#16 Apr 16, 2007
I am confused because I am a Criminal Justice major who really has an interest in the corrections field. I realized that the majority of felons in Indiana are blacklisted because of a felon no matter how long ago or for what it was. How in the world are they supposed to feel rehabilitated or a part of society if they are not able to gain successful employment? I would think that with all of the employees that employers go thru in a year they would figure out that the majority of the hard workers are those who know what it is like to have that luxury that we take for granted taken away or forfieted as a result of a bad choice. I am concerned about how all of the employment agencies in Indiana scan for felons and reject the application before they ever have an interview. Do they not realize that they may be passing up the best worker to send out on jobs? I really would like to know who in Fort Wayne, IN is hiring felons?

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Apr 16, 2007
Jenafer Fye wrote:
I would like to know why it is that every employment agency in Indiana will scan for felons and reject the application if they have a felony? Yet most felons return to prison because no one will hire them and they resort to what they can do, commit crime. I have a huge problem with this issue and still have no idea how anyone in Indiana can talk about released offenders in a negative way when we are out here with jobs available but will not give them a chance to be hard productive citizens. I feel that some of these offenders would be a better employee than someone who has never had that luxury taken from them or forfieted it due to a bad choice. What can we do to help these felons gain employment?
Employers are afraid to invest any time into an exfelon due to trends. People typically are just released and don't go through a program like this. Former felons have gotten jobs only to steal from their employer, not show up for work or get arrested again at whcih time they are unable to work. Employers don't want to waste time on these people any more. It sucks because not all released felons would do this but they have been stereotyped by others before them. As far as helping them, you might try starting your own business and hiring them. If this program takes off and proves results even more, maybe a future place on applications where you can denote you have been through the program or one like it so employers would be less likely to lump you in with their past experiences. This is an uphill battle though and it will take some initiative as well as proven track record to work this out in the end. I am not in position myself to help much on these lines but I hope someone who read this article is and will give these people a chance.
k1ngzl3y

United States

#18 Apr 18, 2007
Prisoner of my own Mind wrote:
<quoted text>
Frankly, a lot of released inmates done it to themselves. Some employers were burned by hiring ex-inmates that in the end stole from their employer or sunk into recidivism and the employer had to hire someone else to fill the job. Some employers resolve never to hire another ex-inmate. There is a very rigid stereotype for ex-inmates with relation to employers. Which is a shame. Also, some jobs cannot be done by someone with a record. Period.
Not to mention ex-inmates are typically competing with illegals for the same types of jobs. But that is a whole other ball o'wax.
What you said is sometimes true but to judge whether someone can be an asset to your company by their police record is outrageous. What about the upper-class who can afford to pay their way out-of-trouble??(Happens Alot) I can assure you that there are just as many people who dont have records who steal, use drugs, etc... Some just haven't been caught yet. Some may never be. So just because someone may/may not have a record doesn't say much. There ARE exeptions!!(violent crimes, career criminals,etc..) But I think if a person has the qualifications for the job or they can be trained for the position, they should be considered.
Who will

United States

#19 Apr 18, 2007
You are mistaken. So if they were so smart in of criminals then they should be smart enough not to get caught. You are defending the guilty and assuming innocent people are guilty which is falsely accusing. Quit whining - get over it! Life is all about choices and we all live with our own choices rather they be good or bad. I have made mistakes in life and live with them daily.
k1ngzl3y wrote:
<quoted text>
What you said is sometimes true but to judge whether someone can be an asset to your company by their police record is outrageous. What about the upper-class who can afford to pay their way out-of-trouble??(Happens Alot) I can assure you that there are just as many people who dont have records who steal, use drugs, etc... Some just haven't been caught yet. Some may never be. So just because someone may/may not have a record doesn't say much. There ARE exeptions!!(violent crimes, career criminals,etc..) But I think if a person has the qualifications for the job or they can be trained for the position, they should be considered.

“St@nk-Y0u ”

Since: Apr 07

n@pt0wn, IN

#20 Apr 19, 2007
You are mistaken. So if they were so smart in of criminals then they should be smart enough not to get caught. You are defending the guilty and assuming innocent people are guilty which is falsely accusing. Quit whining - get over it! Life is all about choices and we all live with our own choices rather they be good or bad. I have made mistakes in life and live with them daily.

1st off... WHO said ANYTHING about being "smart"?? And why are taking it so personal?? Are you a criminal who hasn't been caught yet?? All I'm saying is... If someone has the qualifications for a position then they MUST be considered. If someone has the will and "qualifications" for a position then they should be given the chance and not turned away because they have a record. I said before, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS!! We're always saying... why cant he/she just get a job?? Keep turning them away, eventually they'll go back to commiting crimes. "you gotta eat"..."quit whinning"?? Remember that, next time your CRYING about the crime rate or feeling unsafe around Indianapolis.
Who will

United States

#21 Apr 19, 2007
I feel unsafe because felons get too rights and too many chances to OFFEND AGAIN AND AGAIN!! Ww should have the strike 3 rules here in this state. I have not broken the law nor ever tempted to break the law so try another cheap shot to get your point across. No pity for felons - FREE WILL CHOICE!! Now if you are mentally ill then that of course is a different story...but then again that excuse has already been warn out.
g33_un1t wrote:
You are mistaken. So if they were so smart in of criminals then they should be smart enough not to get caught. You are defending the guilty and assuming innocent people are guilty which is falsely accusing. Quit whining - get over it! Life is all about choices and we all live with our own choices rather they be good or bad. I have made mistakes in life and live with them daily.
1st off... WHO said ANYTHING about being "smart"?? And why are taking it so personal?? Are you a criminal who hasn't been caught yet?? All I'm saying is... If someone has the qualifications for a position then they MUST be considered. If someone has the will and "qualifications" for a position then they should be given the chance and not turned away because they have a record. I said before, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS!! We're always saying... why cant he/she just get a job?? Keep turning them away, eventually they'll go back to commiting crimes. "you gotta eat"..."quit whinning"?? Remember that, next time your CRYING about the crime rate or feeling unsafe around Indianapolis.

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