More than 600K people return from prison each year to rebuild their lives. Yet, many—barred from public housing—often become homeless and caught up in the system again.
This Second Chance Month, we must take a hard look at how we treat those who've repaid their debt to society. Opening doors to public housing is one critical way in which we can help people get back on their feet. Read this op-ed by Vera President, Nicholas Turner.
This Shark-Tank-like program is teaching incarcerated people how to build a business—boasting a less than 5% recidivism rate over 3 years. Called “Entrepreneurs in Training,” incarcerated individuals pitch their business ideas with the potential to gain actual investments, giving them the opportunity to gain a foothold in life after prison.
It has become clear that the database is riddled with dubious entries, discrepancies and outright errors.
These are serious problems, because Chicago police and other law enforcement officials regularly cite the database during criminal investigations, immigration enforcement and court proceedings.
Provocative article. Do you agree? "The role of public defenders is thus clear: They’re in the best position to ensure that progressive-sounding prosecutors fulfill their campaign promises. Unlike court watchers, they are present at every step of the process — not just public hearings, some of which might be held in the middle of the night — but the behind-closed-doors plea bargaining processes that resolve about 95 percent of all cases. They see the charges that prosecutors threaten and then withdraw, the factors that seem to shape prosecutors’ decisions about when they drop charges and when they move forward, and so on."