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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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

Michigan Prisons Focus on Released Inmates
April 8, 2010 - 10:59am

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing -- Michigan's prison system has undergone a culture change from locking up law breakers for as long as possible to being more selective about whom to put behind bars, state Corrections Director Patricia Caruso told officials at a prisoner re-entry conference Tuesday.

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.

OpenDoors Secures Financing for Supportive Housing Project
March 10, 2010 - 4:37pm

by Annelise Grimm

With support from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, OpenDoors Housing LLC has purchased a building at 485 Plainfield Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence to be converted to subsidized green section 8 housing units. Upon completion, the building will provide housing for clients, as well as program and office space.

Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates
January 27, 2010 - 10:52am

Laura Sullivan

NPR: All Things Considered

 

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OpenDoors Secures Financing for Supportive Housing Project
January 12, 2010 - 3:20pm

With support from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, OpenDoors has purchased a building at 485 Plainfield Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence to be converted to subsidized “green” housing units. Upon completion, the building will provide housing for clients, as well as program and office space. The building will also feature commercial space, with the aim of gearing this space towards complimentary services or employment opportunities for clients.

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