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COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE INSTITUTE

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Social Justice Blog

Social Justice Blog

We will continue researching and commenting on social injustices and how it affects those persons sincerely seeking a second chance for success in a free society.

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Hire experienced firefighters

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 12:40 AM

Formerly incarcerated firefighters deserve to be hired


How much more Catch-22 can you get than to train a prisoner to fight forest fires, to get pay of $1.90 a day, then when he gets out to say, “Sorry you were a criminal so you can not get an EMT certificate. You don’t deserve that.”


Governor Gavin Newsom of California recently signed bill AB 2147 which is a step forward in reduci...

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Dehumanizing others

Posted on September 23, 2020 at 9:25 PM

WE HUMANS ARE GIVEN FREE WILL; THE ACT OF CHOOSING GOOD OR EVIL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CORONA-VIRUS HAS UNLEASHED A VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF HUMANS WITH HIDDEN EVIL INTENT. COVERT HOSTILITY RULES THE DAY AND THE TIMES. SUCH EVILS ARE OFTEN PURVEYED WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO THE OVERALL EFFECT OR THE LEGALLY OF SUCH ACTIONS. COVERT HOSTILITY AGAINST ONE'S FELLOW MAN ONLY ADD DESPERATION, CONFUSION AND THE PERPETUATION OF DISCORD AMONG MEN. DURING THESE TROUBLING TIMES, AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF MAC...

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Prison: Books are Dangerous

Posted on November 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.” ― Helen Exley


In the US prison system, they totally believe the first sentence of the quote and totally discount second sentence in the quote. In Brazil they appear to read the whole quote, since there you can get fou...

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Back on track: Tips for helping addicts start a new life

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 10:20 AM


Courtesy of  Pixabay


By Adam Cook,*


Recovery from addiction does, in...

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Is the Transfer of Skills from Prison to Workplace Prohibited?

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 8:15 PM


Guy R. Grant

Since fireman unemployment is extremely low, why would a trained firemen not be able to find work? Amika Sergejev, who worked for two and a half years as a firefighter and lead engineer shared her story of employment denials based on her prison experience. Current rules prohibit her from being hired at any firehouse because her work at a firehouse was the last part of her prison sentence (Sergejev, 201...

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Panhandling a sign of societal and human failure

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 3:05 PM

by Guy R. Grant

Whenever we see young unkempt men standing by the roadside holding a sign asking a dollar, a meal or a work; we might wonder what happened in their lives that they should be in such a dire need. Most people think of these men as panhandlers or freeloaders who do not want a steady job or any institutional boundaries that would provide income for them to pay their fair share of fostering a productive society. Few people, if any, ever st...

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Prisonment and gender differences

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

by Lucia Lacey Nevitt


The discussion takes a brief look at female population within the U.S. prison system. Women now represent one of the fastest rising segments within the American prison system. Since 1977-2009, the number of women within the prison system are staggering nearly 200,000 women are behind bars (Beck, Kerberg & Harrison, 2002; Paltrow, 2013). The departments of corrections are slow in response to the growing numbe...

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Compassion and re-socializing formerly incarcerated into society

Posted on November 16, 2015 at 9:15 PM

The mere existence of substantive measures of administering faith based methods of rehabilitation to prisoners promotes the belief that prisoners may become more social being if they attend religious services. Currently the primary form of rehabilitation in prison is through faith based ministries (Gerace and Day, 2010). Faith based progr...

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Why is it not working?

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good (Romans 12:21)

The thematic take-away from the recent visit of Pope Francis to USA and Cuba is that we should diligently exercise God’s greatest commandment, Love. We do this by being the bearers of good spirit in good works. This is a tall order given the worldly news which vividly remind us of the worse of this immoral world and leaves many of us fearful of everything and everyone. Yet, w...

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Goodwill Re-Integration Program

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM

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Goodwill Changing Lives

Goodwill a nationally known retail thrift shop is “more than meets the eye.” Recently I learned that the chain is actively engaged in changing lives through its Goodwill Re-Integration Program (GRIP). In doing so, it prov...

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Profiteering from Incarceration

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 10:15 PM

 

Society's response to the convicted criminal seems to be to lock them up and throw away the key. I see a certain amount of righteousness about this attitude especially among the politicians. But there is also a lot of fear in society that I think the politicians have fed on that fear as well as feed the fear (Alexander, 2012). Too often the laws on criminality seem to be written in mind for the profit which can be generated from prisoners. One only has to look at the

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Counter Intuitive Reaction to Ferguson's Fiery

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

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Over 2.3 million people are incarcerated, 7 million are on probation or parole, and almost every family in America has been touched in some way by mass incarceration. Just as anger over mass incarceration has spread, turmoil over the police arrests which lead to fatalities have perm...

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A Fleeting Moment

Posted on February 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

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In the President’s State of the Union Address 2015, it was only a fleeting moment that he mentioned crime and incarceration. His statement addressed the issue of c...

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Year End Reflection

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

 


One year ago, I began to write about the barriers of reentry. I was unable to discern whether my blog was read by anyone, yet I was compelled to continue writing. Since then, I have had some verbal encouragement and feedback from my readers even though none have written in the comment section. Furthermore, I have learned to analyze the blog outreach. Analytics has shown that Community Lifestyle Institute’s blog has had over 2400 readers since its first blog i...

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Prison Education and Recidivism

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

In my August 17th 2014 blog, I stated that, “Pacholke's talks provides hope that the department of corrections has come to recognize the benefits of positive cultural changes within prisons with the hope of successful rehabilitation of reentry into society.” While the group of Washington State Department of Correction inmates benefitted from participating in university research projects, we have no certainty whether these types of prison experiences have translated into reducing r...

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As the pendulum swings: Dan Pacholke explains the shifts of prison reform from rehabilitative to punitive to cultural change --

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Phelps (2011) summarizes the shifts from rehabilitation to punitive prisons as follows: In the 1940’s prisons focused on teaching prisoners to be productive as a means of rehabilitation. Next, during the 1950’s through the 1970’s the trends was to use individualized assessment and treatment to reform prisoners; then return them to society as law abiding citizens. However, Martinson’s Report in 1974 proposed that prison reform did not work; hence the beginning of impos...

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Collateral Damage Part 2: Quilty by Association

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Collateral Damage: Guilty by association

 

Kennedy and Chance (2011) define, “collateral damage is a phrase used to refer to the civilian casualties that inadvertently result from military operations, (p.1)”. The term is also used to refer to the inadvertent damage as a result of mass incarceration which is a result of the war on crime legislation. In military situations causalities to civilians, particularly, women and children are protested by the public. Unfo...

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Collateral Damage: The victimization of mothers of incarcerated children for the profit of entrepreneurial prisons

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM


Gust (2009) purports that, “the government has a duty not to harm innocent people,including children of incarcerated parents.”  If so, does not this duty apply to parents who are victimized for the crimes of their child?  Parents of incarcerated children suffer financial burdens, emotional stress, and ostracism by the policies in place in the penal system (Simmons,2012).  Due to the

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It Takes a Village

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM


Reentry support should include assistance with housing, employment, education,mentoring, substance abuse; and mental health treatments.  The concept that, it takes a village to affect change can also be applied to the recidivism dilemma. Governments across the country have formed organizations toaccess the thousands of dollars available through the Second Chance Act.   In other words, reentry organizations have been formed by Dep...

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