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									OTHERS – December 04

2004 Forum for Reentry and Community Economic Development - “Building Consensus to Create
Economically Sound and Safe Neighborhoods: A Results Oriented Approach,” December 7 & 8 at the
Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Safe at Home: A Reference Guide for Public Housing Officials on the Federal Housing Laws
Regarding Admission and Eviction Standards for People with Criminal Records, by the Legal Action
Center (Fall 2004): Public housing policies in this country are governed by a complex set of federal laws
and regulations, local policy directives, ordinances, and judicial case law. The rules concerning the
eligibility of people who have criminal records are particularly confusing. This guidebook explains what
the federal housing laws require, highlights those areas where public housing agencies (PHAs) have
discretion to craft their own admission and eviction policies related to people with criminal records, and
offers recommendations on effective ways to use that discretion to simultaneously meet important public
safety goals and the housing needs of people with criminal records. Our report shows that the establishment
of balanced and fair policies by PHAs that give individuals with criminal records the opportunity to apply
for or remain in public housing will not only help these individuals successfully reintegrate, but will also
increase public safety by reducing recidivism and relapse.

To view this report, go to:

Unlocking the Potential of Reentry and Reintegration, by Alan Rosenthal and Elaine Wolf of the Center
for Community Alternatives (October 2004). This paper redefines reentry and demonstrates the strengths of
a new model. Reentry planning can be incorporated into activities taking place at six points in a criminal
case: decision making regarding pretrial release; plea bargaining and sentence negotiations; sentencing; jail
and prison programming; provision of supportive services at the time of release and decision making
regarding parole revocation.

The authors argue that in order to unlock the potential of reentry as a vehicle to reduce reliance on
incarceration and promote public safety, traditional sentencing must be replaced with a reintegration-
focused sentencing model.

To read the paper, go to:

The National Conference on Offender Reentry.

Conference information and presentations for the September Conference can be found online at:

South Philadelphia CareerLink - Fresh New Start Orientation.

   Do you have a criminal background?
   Do you need information on how to receive assistance with the many challenges in obtaining

The South Philadelphia CareerLink will have an orientation to assist ex-offenders on Tuesday, December
21st at 10:00 am at 930 Washington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147. To sign up please call 215-952-1137.
Seating is limited. Please be on time!

You must be enrolled on the CareerLink website! For instructions on how to enroll, log onto

"Prisoners in 2003" (12 pp.) (NCJ 205335) This annual report details the number of persons in State and
Federal prisons at yearend, compares the increase in the prison population during 2003 with that of the
previous year, and gives the prison growth rates since 1995. (BJS)

Available at:

The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative.
In the United States, over 600,000 individuals are released from prisons and jails each year, and it is
estimated that approximately two-thirds are re-incarcerated within three years of their release. The
recidivism of released prisoners poses serious challenges to communities and the criminal justice system.

To address these challenges, in 2003, the US Departments of Justice, Labor, Housing and Urban
Development, and Health and Human Services established the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry
Initiative (SVORI), a large-scale program providing over $100 million to 69 grantees to develop
programming, training, and state-of-the-art reentry strategies at the community level. The SVORI programs
are intended to reduce recidivism, as well as to improve employment, housing, and health outcomes of
participating released prisoners.

For more information please view:

National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment)
Network releases December Newsletter.

Highlights of this issue include:

- Updates from the November Elections
- WalMart's New Criminal Background Check Policy
- New Collaborations
- Shout out to Joe Seiler!
- Funding Opportunities, New Reports and Upcoming Conferences

For more information on the National H.I.R.E. Network please view:

National Conference Workshops on Children of Prisoners. Registration for CWLA's 2005 National
Conference has started. Workshops relative to Children of Prisoners are listed below. Attached is a
brochure of the entire conference. For more information or to register:


Plenary: Research on Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children
· Susan George, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Plenary: Evidence from a Prison Nursery Study
· Mary Byrne, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Nursing

Morning Workshops
1. Working with Incarcerated Families
· Patricia McKeen, Desert Hills

2. Mentoring Children of Prisoners
· Ann Adalist-Estrin

Lunch With Remarks by Peter Breen and Gretchen Newby
"Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights: One Year Later"

Afternoon Workshops
1. Messages from Mom: A Critical Piece in Working with Daughters Impacted by Maternal Incarceration
· Noerena Abookire, Ph.D., Creative Empowerment Institute

2. Collaboration of Caring
· Belinda Stewart, Washington State Department of Corrections

Afternoon Workshops
1. Putting the Pieces Back Together: Working with Reunited Families as a Result of the Parent's Release
from Prison
· Carl Mazza, Lehman College

2. Where are the Children of Prisoners? Everywhere!
· Claire Walker, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation

· "Sentences" a youth theater performance written and performed by the children of incarcerated parents in
the ROOTS program of San Francisco, California

National Conference Workshops on Children of Prisoners:

Bridging the Gap: Building Partnerships to Support Children of Prisoners: A Continuum from Prison to
Community. This workshop highlights a collaborative approach to working with children and incarcerated
parents. Beginning with prerelease planning through community reintegration, aftercare, and family
reunification, this model makes use of wraparound philosophy and individualized, coordinated plans of
care while incorporating the work of state and local agencies in advisory and direct service capacities.
Presenter: Caitlen Daniels, Program Director, St. Rose Family Reunification Program, Milwaukee, WI

The Link Between Removal of Children and Maternal Arrest and Incarceration: Research and Implications
Research suggests that when children are placed in foster care, a mother's risk for arrest and incarceration
increases sharply. Foster care placement and parental incarceration correlate with poor academic and social

outcomes for children. The Women's Prison Association and the Vera Institute of Justice describes new
research findings and explore effective methods for constructive intervention. Presenters: Timothy Ross,
Research Director, Vera Institute of Justice New York, NY; and Georgia Lerner, Associate Executive
Director for Program Services, and Brenda Moore-Jackson, Program Director, Brooklyn Community
Office Women's Prison Association and Home, Inc.,New York, NY

Transforming Experience into Expertise:Directly Affected People Engaging in Child Welfare Advocacy
This workshop explores how directly affected people can authentically engage in advocacy. Participants in
the Women' Advocacy Project, a public policy program for former prisoners run by the Women's Prison
Association, share their experiences in working to improve outcomes for parents involved in both the child
welfare and criminal justice systems. Presenters: Sarah From, Manager of Special Projects; Leah Bundy,
Supportive Counselor; Sandra Thomas, Community Follow Up Worker; and Dominique Saunders,
Women's Advocacy Project, Women's Prison Association, New York, NY

Being My Own (Wo)Man Vs. One of the Guys: Understanding Female Delinquents
Young women were interviewed about their life experiences in an effort to better understand the different
pathways girls follow into delinquency. This presentation discusses findings of this study, particularly the
relevance of using a relational lens to understand and address the needs of young women housed in juvenile
treatment facilities.
Presenter: Anne Dannerbeck-Janku, Research Assistant Professor, Missouri University School of Social
Work, Columbia, MO

Human Rights Watch on public housing policies affecting people with criminal records was released today
entitled "No Second Chance: People with Criminal Records Denied Access to Public Housing."

The report can be found at:

"Million-Dollar Blocks: The Neighborhood Costs of America's Prison Boom"
By Jennifer Gonnerman
The Village Voice
November 16, 2004

The Remeeder Houses make up one of the poorest blocks in Brooklyn. Six-story buildings rise from the
rectangular patch of land between Sutter and Blake avenues, and between Georgia and Alabama avenues in
East New York. More than 50 percent of the project's residents live below the poverty line.
Unemployment’s rampant. Run-down, overcrowded apartments are the norm.

By another measure, though, this block is one of the priciest in the city. Last year, five residents were sent
to state prison, at an annual cost of about $30,000 a person. The total price tag for their incarceration will
exceed $1 million. Criminal-justice experts have a name for this phenomenon: "million-dollar blocks." In
Brooklyn last year, there were 35 blocks that fit this category, ones where so many residents were sent to
state prison that the total cost of their incarceration will be more than $1 million.

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David Freudberg's public radio show Humankind presents "Children Left Behind," which is part of the
Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign. The program became available to public radio stations
starting Tuesday November 9, 2004 and will be airing in the coming months (check local listings).
According to Freudberg, "The recent four-fold increase in America's prison population* has dislocated the
lives of millions of kids." He asks: "What are their problems and what are their futures?"

Attached is a program guide developed by CWLA's FRCCP.

From Prison to Work: The Employment Dimensions of Prisoner Reentry, by Amy L. Solomon, Kelly
Dedel Johnson, Jeremy Travis, Elizabeth C. McBride of the Urban Institute (October 2004). This report
represents the discussions, presentations, and papers forming the basis of the Urban Institute's fifth Reentry
Roundtable held in May 2003 focused on employment issues.

To read this report, go to

A nationwide study concludes that boot camps and other popular get-tough programs for youth fail
to scare them away from a life of crime and may actually encourage criminal behavior [Associated
Press, 10.17.2004]. In contrast, positive family- and community-based interventions have been shown to be
effective at reducing arrest rates and out-of-home placements. Two Vera projects are already demonstrating
the value of this approach. Esperanza/Hope aims to reduce the use of custodial placements as a response to
delinquency by encouraging probation officers and judges to rely on intermediate sanctions while
counselors work with youth and their families at home. In the Adolescent Portable Therapy program for
youth who are using alcohol and drugs frequently, therapists engage the whole family in treatment to
resolve problems that are connected to the teenager's drug use and delinquency.

Reentry Mapping Network Expands with Six New Sites
Author(s): The Urban Institute
Publication Date: September 28, 2004

The Urban Institute's Reentry Mapping Network, an innovative, three-year partnership that helps
community leaders and residents address the challenges of ex-prisoners returning to society, is launching its
second phase with six new partner sites: Denver, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Indianapolis, Indiana;
Louisville, Kentucky; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington.

Incarceration, Marriage, and Family Life, Bruce Western, Department of Sociology, Princeton
September, 2004.

Over the last two decades, poverty researchers have linked the growth in the numbers of female-headed
families among African Americans to the failure of urban labor markets. Chronic joblessness among low-
skill black men tightened the supply of men with the means to support families in inner city neighborhoods.
In the era of mass imprisonment, the penal system has joined the labor market as a significant influence on
the life chances of young low-education black men. The evidence in this chapter suggests that the influence
of the penal system ranges beyond the negative effects of imprisonment on men's wages and employment.

Imprisonment has also inhibited the formation of stable two-parent families in the low-income urban
communities from which most of the penal population is drawn. Stable families provide the poor with a
valuable means of improving welfare. Families pool resources, socialize and supervise children, and
provide networks of mutual aid. From this perspective the prison boom has diminished a valuable social
resource already in short supply in America's inner cities.

The Christian Science Monitor on Criminal Records. Susan Llewelyn Leach writes that 80 percent of
U.S. corporations run criminal background checks on prospective employees, up from 51 percent 8 years
ago. "In a tight job market, where background checks offer a quick way to winnow the list of applicants,
those with criminal records are usually the first to be set aside." Although it is illegal to discriminate
against an applicant based on his or her criminal record, these records are often unclear or inaccurate.

Read "Bosses peek into job-seekers' pasts"

How Are HOPE VI Families Faring? Children
Author(s): Susan J. Popkin , Michael Eiseman , Elizabeth Cove
Publication Date: October 07, 2004

The HOPE VI program can profoundly affect the lives of children, who are the most vulnerable residents of
distressed public housing and particularly likely to suffer from the stress of relocation. This brief examines
the impact of the program on children and youth. We find that children in the HOPE VI Panel Study have
generally benefited from relocation. Relocatees live in better housing in safer neighborhoods, and their
children attend schools that are less poor and, the parents believe, higher quality and safer than those in
their original developments. Respondents who relocated with vouchers have benefited more than those who
moved to other public housing. These findings suggest that families with children should be encouraged to
select vouchers and receive ongoing support to help them adjust after relocation.

Changing the Status Quo for Status Offenders: New York State's Efforts to Support Troubled Teens.
Tina Chiu and Sara Mogulescu, published: December 2004.

Over the past three years, child welfare and probation leaders in New York State have been transforming
the state's status offender system to provide timely support to troubled teens and their families in their
communities and rely less on courts, law enforcement, and detention. This Issue in Brief, produced by
Vera's national Youth Justice Program, examines how this dramatic shift is helping get disobedient, but not
delinquent, children back on track while yielding significant cost savings. Jurisdictions looking to better
serve their own status offender populations will find useful models in this report's summary of the lessons
learned in New York State.

TALBOT's Scholarships for Women.
Five women will each be awarded $10,000 scholarships and 50 women will each be awarded $1,000
scholarships. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year
college or university, or vocational-technical school. Only applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from a

four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Scholarship awards are based
primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma
or GED at least 10 years ago. Applications available in all Talbots U.S. stores. Deadline January 3, 2005, or
until the first 1,000 eligible applications have been received, whichever is earlier. Scholarship recipients
will be notified by the end of July 2005.

Government Study Highlights Need for Integrated Counseling for Women with Substance Abuse and
Mental Disorders and Trauma.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today released study
findings showing that women with mental and substance abuse disorders and histories of violence (trauma)
can improve when treated with counseling that addresses all three of their service needs. Women who have
a voice in their own treatment report better outcomes than women who do not.

The findings come from the Women, Co-occurring Disorders and Violence Study (WCDVS), a five-year
study conducted by SAMHSA of over 2,000 women with co-occurring mental and substance abuse
disorders and trauma histories. The study was not randomized, but rather, women who fit the study
eligibility criteria were recruited into a group receiving integrated services, or a group receiving usual care,
which treated mental health, substance abuse, and trauma issues in isolation from each other.

For more information on this:

WDCVS website:

Lessons Learned:

Tip #25:

J. Jill Compassion Fund Offers Funding for Programs Aiding Women and Children. As a nationwide
retailer of women's clothing, J. Jill Group, Inc. focuses its philanthropic efforts on issues affecting
disadvantaged women and children. As part of that outreach, J. Jill has established the J. Jill Compassion
Fund at the Boston Foundation. The primary goal of the fund is to provide financial support on a national
scale to community-based organizations and/or programs whose mission focuses on aiding women and
children in need.

The J. Jill Group considers written proposals for cash grants from nonprofit organizations within the United
States only. Organizations serving homeless or at-risk women and children by providing job training,
transitional and/or affordable housing, education, emergency shelter, or other types of aid will be
considered upon submission of a grant proposal.

The company will consider grants only for existing programs. Grant requests should be between $250 and

Wachovia Regional Foundation Accepting Applications for Neighborhood Development Grants. The
Wachovia Regional Foundation, a private foundation that works to improve the quality of life for children
and families living in low-income neighborhoods in New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania, is
currently accepting applications for its Neighborhood Development Grants program.

Neighborhood Development Grants support comprehensive community development projects that target
specific neighborhoods. The community development project must be based on a current resident-driven
neighborhood plan.

Grants vary in size from $100,000 to $750,000 and are disbursed over three to five years.

Potential grantees must have 501(c)(3) status and be located in an eligible foundation community. Prior to
applying for a grant, a comprehensive strategic neighborhood plan, completed or updated within the past
three years, must be in place for the proposed project's target area.,,139_414_431,00.html

Harvard University tuition opportunities. If you know of a family earning less than $40,000 a year with
an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. In
February 2004, Harvard announced free tuition opportunities for families making less than $40,000.

For more information visit, or call the school's financial aid
office at (617) 495- 1581.

Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign. In the December 2004 Newsletter Maryland is again
highlighted in the Women in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Conference was held in Baltimore. To read
more please view the attachment.

Outside The Walls: A National Snapshot of Community-Based Prisoner Reentry Programs (not for
The Outside the Walls videotape highlights several reentry programs in each of six categories - education
and employment; health; housing; family; public safety; and faith. Produced by D. R. Lynes, Inc., the video
profiles each program-presenting a description of services, highlighting partnerships and collaborations,
and providing outcomes that document why the program is effective. In addition to staff and partners of the
various reentry programs, diverse viewpoints are presented, including individuals who were formerly
incarcerated, crime victims and their advocates, as well as policymakers, parole and probation departments,
departments of correction, government agencies, and community leaders. Transcripts of the video as well
as the companion resource guide are on the Reentry Web site ( The
resource guide contains briefing papers on the six categories as well as profiles of almost 100 reentry

The Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) is pleased to announce a one-time-only Casey Family
Programs Senior Year Scholarship for young men of color in their senior year of college or
vocational training program. Applicants must verify their status as having aged out of the U.S. foster care
system, complete an online application, document any outstanding federal loans or tuition balance, and
respond to an essay question.

This scholarship opportunity of up to $5,000 is available to minority male students as commendation for
their ambition and tenacity in pursuing a higher education. Awards are based on a combination of need and
merit. OFA began disbursing checks October 1, and the program will continue until the fund is expended.

OFA is a leading advocate for older foster youth that awards well over $1 million annually in scholarships
to students' post-secondary programs. For more information, go to

Reading Rainbow, hosted by LeVar Burton, is a critically acclaimed award-winning half-hour PBS
series that turns children on to books and reading. The series targets 4-8 year olds, and is based on
research that identifies these early years as the optimum time for children to learn to read, and to adopt
positive reading habits, skills, and attitudes.

A new episode of Reading Rainbow, "Visiting Day" (Episode #146), will air on December 15, 2004 and
again on January 17, 2005 (check your local PBS listings for date and time). In this episode, LeVar
introduces a family separated by a prison sentence. The viewing audiences join the family for visiting day
and find out what life is like for kids when a parent is incarcerated and what it's like for a parent who can't
be at home with his family. Reading Rainbow plans to create a teacher's guide with discussion questions to
accompany the show. This episode provides a special opportunity for current participants in the Reentry
National Media Outreach Campaign to engage 4 * 8 year-old children and their parents and caregivers.
Please visit the Reentry Web site after December 15 for more information on Reading Rainbow's "Visiting

For more information please see Reading Rainbow’s website:

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of
"Overcoming Barriers to School Reentry." This 2-page Fact Sheet describes a model for overcoming
barriers to school reentry developed by how the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment
Services (CASES) in New York City.

For youth leaving custody, a return to school is integral to successful reentry into the community. The Fact
Sheet details how three CASES programs (the Committee on Court-Involved Students, the School
Connection Center, and the Community Prep High School) are helping court-involved youth continue their
education and reenter their communities.

"Overcoming Barriers to School Reentry" (FS-200403) is available online at:

"Toward Safe and Orderly Schools-The National Study of Delinquency Prevention in Schools" (20
pp.) (NCJ 205005) presents findings from a national survey of elementary, middle, and secondary schools.
The findings show that problem behavior is widespread and is most common in urban areas and middle
schools. (NIJ)

View or download entire document at:

"Training Programs for Juvenile Corrections Professionals, June 1, 2004 - May 31, 2005" (100 pp.)
(ACCN 019713) offers training and related services for professionals in juvenile corrections, detention, and
probation and parole through an interagency agreement with OJJDP and NIC. (NIC)

Not available from NCJRS. For availability and ordering information, contact the NIC Information Center

View or download entire document at:

MLK Grants- Points of Light Foundation. The Points of Light Foundation, through the generous support
of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is pleased to offer MLK Day Service Grants that
mobilize more Americans to observe the MLK Day holiday through service and implement high quality,
high visibility service projects that engages volunteers in meaningful activities and strengthen communities
on January 17, 2005. The Foundation plans to engage over 4,000 volunteers in at least 20,000 hours of
service by distributing $125,000 (in amounts of $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000) to between 30 and 40 sub-
grantees. This grant competition is open to Foundation members and nonmembers. Applications will be
accepted on a rolling basis (Monday, Dec. 6th, 13th, 20th) and will be awarded on a rolling basis between
Dec. 10th and 23rd. All applicants will receive notification no later than December 23rd.

The simple Request For Proposal (RFP) which provides the grant application for the MLK Day Service
Grant can be found at

Grant Information conference calls will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2nd, Dec. 9th and Dec. 17th at 3:00 pm
EST. These calls will provide information regarding the grant competition and an opportunity for potential
applicants to ask specific questions. To participate on one of the conference calls on the dates and times
listed above, call 1-800-917-9796 and enter the passcode: 312260.

Grant on health and well-being, including re-entry. The Langeloth Foundation's purpose is to promote
and support effective and creative programs, practices and policies related to healing from illness, accident,
physical, social or emotional trauma and to extend the availability of programs that promote healing to
underserved populations.

The Langeloth Foundation views the field of healing broadly recognizing that in many cases, helping
people to heal may also help to prevent future problems. The constitution of the World Health Organization
defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of
disease or infirmity. For the Langeloth Foundation, healing is seen as including not only physical recovery
from illness, accident or trauma, but also the emotional dimensions of recovery.

All applicants must secure formal endorsement and clearance from appropriate authorities at their

The Foundation awards grants in the Spring and Fall of each year. The key dates in the application and
award process for each cycle are listed below:

Fall awards - Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: February 1, 2005
If invited to submit a full proposal: Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15, 2005
Spring awards - Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: August 1, 2005
If invited to submit a full proposal: Proposal Submission Deadline: November 8, 2005

For more information:

DHHS Grant available for organizations working with HIV-infected clients. The Department of Health
and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration has announced the availability of a
Cooperative Agreement intended to assist in providing training and technical assistance to Ryan White
CARE Act Title IV grantees and other programs with an interest in improving access to primary medical

care, research and support services for HIV-infected infants, children, youth, and women and their affected

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Accepting Nominations for Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program each year awards
approximately twenty-five scholarships to students attending community colleges or two-year institutions
and planning to transfer to four-year institutions.

Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and
books for the final two to three years of the baccalaureate degree. The amount and duration of the award
will vary by student. However, the maximum available per student is $30,000 per year. Scholars may use
the award to attend any accredited college or university in the United States or abroad in pursuit of a
baccalaureate degree.

To be eligible to compete in the program, candidates must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. community
college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2004, or be a recent community
college graduate (since May 2000); have a cumulative college grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0
scale (or the equivalent); and plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to begin studies in fall

Students may not apply directly to the foundation for this program, but instead must be nominated by the
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation faculty representative at their respective institution. See the foundation's Web
site for a list of designated faculty representatives.

For the 2005 competition, applications must arrive at the foundation on or before the February 1, 2005,
deadline. Most colleges and universities establish earlier internal deadlines for receipt of applications.
Interested dtudents should check with their faculty representative for their campus deadline.

See the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Web site for complete program information and application
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