U.S. Attorney Neronha promotes efforts to keep ex-convicts out of prison
June 16, 2011 - 10:37am

By John Hill

PROVIDENCE — Most of the time, as the federal government’s chief prosecutor for Rhode Island, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha spends his day trying to put criminals in prison. Wednesday, he was talking about how to keep them from returning.

Neronha and his staff were in Providence and Cranston talking about efforts by state and federal agencies as well as nonprofit social-service groups and churches that were working to help newly released prison inmates adjust to life after incarceration.

New York Times Opinion Piece: For Ex-Prisoners, a Haven Away From the Streets
June 14, 2011 - 2:14pm

By Tina Rosenberg

This year, the United States will release nearly three-quarters of a million people from prison, a record high. Nationally, 2.3 million people are in prison in the United States, and 95 percent of them will, at some point, get out and go home.

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For former inmates, mentors make a difference
April 3, 2011 - 8:59pm

By John Hill

Most programs that try to prevent released inmates from going back to prison involve probation officers, job-training classes and counseling visits. But on Wednesday night at the Broad Street offices of OpenDoors this month, it was pizza, backgammon and a book club.

RI Ex-convicts Find Job Search Difficult
August 26, 2010 - 10:33am

She’d gone to Gillette Stadium with three friends, four among hundreds looking for jobs at the Patriots’ home turf. When Freeman’s turn came, the woman at the employment table was more and more encouraging as she went through Freeman’s application.

“It’s ‘Yes, yes, yes, then, oh… wait,’ ” Freeman recalled when the reviewer hit the page where she’d noted her drug conviction. “ ‘What does this say? You have a felony?’ ”

The woman was very nice, Freeman said, almost encouraging, but in the end, “she said, ‘I’d love to, but I can’t.’ ”

Obama's National Drug Strategy Emphasizes Treatment, Recovery, Repeal of Barriers
May 13, 2010 - 12:58pm

by Nicole Collins Bronzan Communications Director, Legal Action Center

LAC Applauds National Drug Strategy, Urges Allocation of Sufficient Funding for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery and Repeal of Discriminatory Barriers

Changing Sides: Former Law Breaker Will Study to be a Lawyer
April 12, 2010 - 1:15pm

By Sean Flynn

Daily News Staff, The Newport Daily News

April 3-4, 2010

Noah Kilroy was sitting in a prison cell for each of his birthdays between the ages of 19 and 23.  Now, as a recent graduate of Salve Regina University, he will enter law school in September with high aspirations of becoming a public interest lawyer. 

Lynch Now Favors Expungement for Some Criminals
April 8, 2010 - 10:09am

by Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE — In a sharp turnaround, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is now backing the early expungement of the case files of an entire class of admitted criminals, regardless of what they did.

Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Unveiled in R.I. Senate
April 8, 2010 - 9:35am

Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The chairman of the special legislative commission that recommended the decriminalization of marijuana in Rhode Island has introduced a bill to make possession of an ounce or less of the drug by an adult a civil offense, punishable by a $150 fine.

Senate Commission Recommends Decriminalization of Marijuana
March 17, 2010 - 11:16am

By Katherine Gregg

Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state Senate commission has recommended the decriminalization of an ounce or less of marijuana.

A Criminal Past Doesn't Shut the Door To Higher Education
March 10, 2010 - 4:45pm

by Luke Thomsen, former A.C.I inmate, current RIC student

The stigma of being a convicted felon can make the prospect of higher education seem like a far-off dream, something too lofty to even consider. Well, I am here to tell you it isn’t so! It’s never too late to enhance your education, and the roadblocks are surprisingly few. There are numerous resources for people struggling financially, and most schools are just waiting for you to call.

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