|from:||MaryLovesJustice Neal firstname.lastname@example.org|
|to:|| Earle Williams 2 <email@example.com>,|
jean kennedy <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Dr. Mustafa Ansari" ~ redacted email address ~ use email@example.com
|date:||Mon, May 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM|
|subject:||Human Rights for Prisoners March Blogtalkradio Broadcasts - May 18 - 19, 2014|
Many thanks to you for participating in tonight's discussions regarding recidivism. The tape for tonight's broadcast seems to be delayed. The broadcast for May 19 should be available at this link
The broadcast for Sunday, May 18, should be at this link:
There is growing opposition to mass incarceration, and many people are pleased about the recent announcements by the Justice Department about impending prison releases. Unfortunately, 67.5 percent of prisoners recidivate within three years of release. Society must begin to address reasons why that is so. The information you shared on our programs Sunday and Monday should help officials and the general populace realize how to help released prisoners reintegrate into society.
Below are my ten(10) suggestions to reduce recidivism:
1) Over half of America's inmates are mentally ill people who should have been treated in their communities or hospitalized and never imprisoned in the first place. Upon prison release, all inmates who were treated for mental illness behind bars should be released under AOT programs, which provide subsistence assistance (food and housing) and mandate continuous psychiatric treatment, i.e., Laura's Law and Kendra's Law. Mentally ill people in AOT programs experience over 85 percent fewer incidents of homelessness, arrests, hospitalization, and imprisonment - a tremendous success rate for the participants and for their communities, which were made safer by treating rather than punishing people with serious mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe PTSD, and others).
2) All correctional facilities should focus on rehabilitation services, including skills training and opportunities to achieve high school diplomas and college degrees. Correctional facilities should be given incentives according the number of inmates who become certified in a skill and/or are awarded diplomas and degrees.
3) The Bureau of Prisons should make every attempt to keep prisoners in the area where they lived before incarceration. Studies indicate that released prisoners have a higher rate of success if they maintain close ties with their family and friends while incarcerated. Moving prisoners out of state should be avoided, as it prevents visits.
4) Companies and government entities that use prison laborers should be mandated to hire a percentage of the released prisoners who worked for them behind bars.
5) Released prison workers should qualify for unemployment benefits.
6) Psychological therapy should be offered to all released prisoners to help them recover from PTSD, which Dr. Williams said they are likely to experience.
7) Job applications should not ask about people's criminal backgrounds.
8) Criminal background information should be expunged, except perhaps for repeat sex offenders and violent criminals.
9) Voting rights should be restored.
10) Ex-offenders should qualify for all entitlement programs (subsistence) and college assistance at the same rate as anyone else within their financial status. They should not be relegated to a permanent underclass.
Again, many thanks for sharing your professional opinions with the audience of "Human Rights for Prisoners March" radio shows at Blogtalkradio. Thank you, Dr. Williams, for giving information regarding books and publications you have authored. We wish you much success on your upcoming documentary. All of you are encouraged to share the links to the broadcasts, which are in the first paragraph of this email. You have an open invitation to join any discussions on other radio shows produced by National Network in Action (NNIA1) and Human Rights Demand. See the schedule of shows, including times and phone numbers to connect, at the two(2) links below:
"Human Rights Demand - Blogtalkradio Schedule"
"New Human Rights Blogtalkradio Broadcasts"
Response from Blogtalkradio about the tape to our May 19 show experiencing delay in posting for public access:
Re: Human Rights for Prisoners March Blogtalkradio Broadcasts - May 18 -BlogTalkRadio | May 20, 2014 02:09AM EDT
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Thanks in advance for your patience and support.
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