OpenDoors hosts Restore the Pell Grant Symposium
September 30, 2014 - 10:14am

For decades, the United States has seen rising prison populations at both the state and federal level. As we face the unsustainable costs of mass incarceration, mandatory minimums, and persistent disparities in arrests and conviction rates under discriminatory policies such as Stop & Frisk, community members and leaders across the nation have sought new answers to persistent issues within our criminal justice system.

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TEDx Talk on 9 Yards
September 26, 2014 - 9:46am

On September 20, Nick Horton, Program Coordinator, and particpant Derek Leblanc, gave a TEDx talk in Providence.  The talk was one of 13 talks that highlighted notable work in the fields of health, civics, and education in the state.   Nick and Derek talked about the progress of the 9 Yards pilot program.  Other speakers were Elizabeth Roberts, Lt. Governor of Rhode Island, and Dennis Littky, the founder of the MET school.  The talk will be on the internet in late October.

9 Yards Update: Client Progress
June 17, 2014 - 3:52pm

With 12 clients still in the 9 Yards program, 9 have been released and 8 have begun working in transitional jobs that will lead on to a career path. Further fortifying their future career paths, the men are participating in occupational training in vocations such as welding, construction, culinary arts, and computer repair. Additionally, 6 clients are currently enrolled in school. 9 Yards’ goal is that with jobs in skilled occupations and wrap-around support services, in 6 months our clients will be stable and well on their path to a new life.

9 Yards Update: Phase II
June 17, 2014 - 3:52pm

 With the first half of the 9 Yard program successfully completed, the program is entering its second phase, during which clients move into fully subsidized housing and begin building careers. 6 clients currently live in the new 9 Yards house, which provides a supportive, stable environment for six months during the crucial first months of release.

9 Yards Awarded a Second Innovative Partnership Grant
June 17, 2014 - 3:51pm

 In 2013, the Governor’s Workforce Board awarded OpenDoors an Innovative Partnership grant to fund the 9 Yards pilot program. In combination with a Dexter Fund grant, this support allowed program implementation to begin in July of 2013. One year later, 9 Yards is succeeding as it enters its crucial second phase. After working for 11 months in prison in the program, clients are being released into the transitional supportive housing program.

RI Monthly Publishes an Article on 9 Yards
June 17, 2014 - 3:46pm

Go here for more info on 9 Yards

"Making it on the Outside" by Ellen Liberman

Jesse scores eighteen points. He scores six less than twice what Max scores. How many points does Max score? A textbook in one hand, a stub of chalk in the other, teacher Paul Pasaba waited for an answer in the tiny prison classroom.

“We have to translate the words into an equation,” he says. “But once you have the equation, you guys know how to go right through it.”

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