A program that aims to put prisoners returning to Rockford on the right path may hinge on conversations with the state.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:39

New laws help ex-inmates in Ohio find jobs

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Hundreds of individuals are released from prison and back into communities annually across Ohio, and the Rev. Willie Peterson wants them to know where to seek help.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:35

Equine Therapy: Prison Inmate Programs

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equine therapy in prisons

 

By Claire Dorotik, LMFT

While there may be some people who believe that inmates cannot, or should not be rehabilitated, returning them back to civilian life in a productive way is actually the original purpose of our prisons.

Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:03

Prison breaks ground on long-awaited chapel

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PENDER COUNTY, NC -- Nearly 800 inmates call the Pender Correctional Institution home. Although it's just a temporary stop for most, prison leaders and the community have come together to build what they hope will make a lasting impression.

Jan. 22, 2011
Written by Nancy Averett / Guest columnist
OHIO - Increasingly, experts believe delinquent youth incarceration is harmful, ineffective and wasteful, that it has the exact opposite impact of its intent: promoting public safety. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation noted in its an October 2011 report "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration," systemic mistreatment of confined youth has been documented in the youth corrections systems of 22 states, including Ohio, since 2000.

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. -- Four Birmingham-area men recently released from federal prisons sat in a jury box last Wednesday inside the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse and listened to U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre explain a new program aimed at keeping them out of trouble -- and prison -- again.

All four men had been identified through a ranking system to be among those at highest risk to commit another crime.

Julie Hilden

Writing materials used by inmates to write to pen pals.

Last year, on December 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment in a case involving prisoners’ First Amendment and due process rights.  In this column, I’ll argue that the court made the wrong call.

By Nikolas Bunton

Inmates of the Sierra Conservation Center training in the field for becoming firefighters.


JAMESTOWN, CALIFORNIA — “I’m not perfect by any means, and nobody is, but I’m ten times a better man than I was before this camp term,” inmate firefighter Philip Kirkpatrick, an eager camp inmate in his late twenties recounts of his experiences at Baseline Conservation Camp, one of the 19 prison fire camps conveniently placed throughout the state of California to fight wildfires, “I feel like my life has purpose to it now, and that’s something that I’ve honestly never had before. I’m ready to take on the world.”

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 17:03

Art display reveals the human side of prisoners

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BY ERICA BLAKE
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Diana Rodriguez stands in front of artwork made a prisoner named Raymond Towler in The Federal Public Defender's office.

Diana Rodriguez stands in front of artwork made a prisoner named Raymond Towler in The Federal Public Defender's office. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT

For much of his adult life, Raymond Towler was known by a number.

Released last year from Lorain Correctional Institution after a DNA test exonerated him of a rape for which he spent nearly 29 years behind bars, Mr. Towler said many of those days he spent trying to feel human.

Painting helped him accomplish that.

Several of the oil paintings the Cleveland native created while enduring his life behind bars are now on display in the federal public defender's office in downtown Toledo. His are among several pieces by inmates in Ohio's prison system that are on display in the Adams Street office.

"I was forced to use my talents to get by, to survive," Mr. Towler said during a recent open house. "I think an exhibit like this is important to humanize these guys who are otherwise just another number."

Drawings and paintings created in a variety of mediums line the walls in the office. Next to each piece is the artist's name and the name of the work. The reason the artist is in prison is not listed.

By William Anderson/Argus Observer

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 11:29 AM PST

One program in the area is helping make that transition easier by providing a helping hand.

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