|Wed Feb 13, StP: Second Chance Day for exoffenders||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 06:33:20 -0800 (PST)|
Guy Gambill <gambillgt1 [at] yahoo.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- SECOND CHANCE DAY ON THE HILL February 13, 2008 Greetings, On February 13, 2008 as many as 1,000 people and perhaps more will assemble in the rotunda of the MN State Capitol to call attention to the plethora of almost insurmountable barriers faced by ex-offenders upon their re-entry into our communities. Barriers such as the inability to find affordable housing, employment at a living wage, financial aid for education and other governmental assistance or the ability to obtain many professional licensures or work in many industries almost ensures that recidivism rates will continue to climb upward. In Minnesota we have just over a 30% recidivism rates. Other States, such as California, have recidivism rates as high as 70%. There are currently over 9,000 people in prison in Minnesota--a 45% increase over the past 5 years alone. Additionally, the numbers in community corrections programs swells the number of those in under the charge of corrections in Minnesota to over 150,000. Nationally, our prison populations have risen by over 600% since 1980. In 5 States, according to a recent study from the Justice Policy Insitute, the budgets for corrections exceed those of education--and we know, also, that there exists a fundamental link between level of education and literacy and the demographics of the incarcerated. From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on February 13, 2008 a number of speakers will address this burgeoning set of social problems from various perspectives. Amongst those speaking will be; Senator Julianne Ortman (Senate Judiciary), Representative Michael Paymar (Chair, House Public Safety Finance), Anoka County Attorney Bob Johnson (Former Chair ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions), Dan Cain (Executive Director of RS Eden, Former MN Sentencing Guidelines Commissioner), Les Green (St. Cloud State University, Parole Board Commissioner, and Sue Watlov-Phillips (Executive Director Elim Transitional Housing, co-founder National Coalition for the Homeless). Joining them will be a number of successfully rehabilitated ex-offenders. This singular event will be heavily covered. We encourage all those interested in corrections, public safety, housing and homeless advocates, advocates for the Mentally Ill, veterans advocates, communities of faith, communities of color and all other interested parties to join with us. Full information on this event may be obtained here; http://www.employexoffenders.com/secondchance.html Brochures, flyers, supporters list, sample letters, core principles and many other materials may be down-loaded at this site. For questions or concerns contact: Guy Gambill 612-644-4817 or Sarah Walker at 612-220-2070. Thanks, Guy Gambill Organizer, Second Chance Day on the Hill
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