For former inmates, mentors make a difference
April 3, 2011 - 9:59pm

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 - 11:33am

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.’ ”

HR Guide to Hiring Felons
May 4, 2010 - 11:51am

Your Loyal Employees: Reasons to Hire Ex-Felons

 

by Donald Nickels, originally posted at Payscale

After leaving my last position as a human resource manager for an online health organization, I never would have imagined where I would end up next.

Employment Program Graduates Find Jobs Despite Recession
March 10, 2010 - 5:41pm

by Jesse Capece

The Employment Program at OpenDoors began in the first week of May in 2009.  In its new format the Employment Program offers a number of seminars and workshops designed to give formerly incarcerated men and women the tools, tips, skills, and knowledge that they need in order to be able secure employment.  The seminars and workshops are held over the course of four separate days.

Since Right to Vote in 2006, Over 6,000 Formerly Disenfranchised Rhode Islanders Have Registered to Vote.
January 6, 2010 - 4:42pm

R.I. Change on Voting Rights for Ex-Convicts Wins Praise
By John Hill, Projo

July 30: PROVIDENCE — On Election Night in 2006, Marc Maurer was interested in the results from Kansas because he had a sister-in-law running for office out there, but the returns he checked every 10 minutes were out of Rhode Island.

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