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Malta’s Weekly Trivia #5

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Do you know how much releases in Connecticut that end up back in prison within three years cost taxpayers every year? Test your knowledge with Malta’s Weekly Trivia based on the statistics from Malta’s survey!

Malta’s Weekly Trivia #4

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Do you know the percent of companies that that support legislation making it illegal to discriminate in hiring people with a criminal record? Test your knowledge with Malta’s Weekly Trivia based on the statistics from Malta’s survey!

 

Former ex-offender extends gratitude to MJI board members

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Article in New Canaan Advertiser, Sept. 8, 2017

Op-Ed: Prison inmate applauds New Canaan’s Moran and Yanicelli

By Mark S. Dallaire

Osborn Correctional Institution

(Somers, Conn.)–As an inmate and a Connecticut citizen, I am now fully prepared to make my way back into polite society. I was heartened by two articles currently placed in the Advertiser. The first by Lance Minor (7/27/17) about his struggles with his wife’s mental illness turned tragic. And Nancy Halle’s front-page piece that ran on (8/3/17) the Justice Imperative.

Today, I belong to a small but focused group of men who are building wealth here “behind-the-wire.” Not financial wealth mind you, but cognitive and intellectual currency that will be carried out into our respective communities.

And before I continue, I have to take a moment to recognize Editor Greg Reilly and of course, the Hersam Family for sending a free copy of New Canaan’s fine newspaper to our small library. Ya see, we live in a uniquely data-poor eco-system and are so starved for actionable information. We think nothing about dumpster-diving into a correction officer’s garbage can to retrieve what local news we can. To date, no other Connecticut news source does this, and we all collectively stand humbled by this generous gesture.

Brian Moran and Nick Yanicelli are well known to us guys who are working tirelessly on our personal growth, be it morally, psycho-socially or intellectually. That said, it will come as no surprise that the most critical challenge we all face in post-release is what their initiative works towards — full-time employment. We, as a group, would also like your readers to know that while dysfunctional, maladaptive behaviors are literally “on parade” here at Osborn, you’d be shocked to learn of the extraordinary lack of violence from one day to the next.

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Malta’s Weekly Trivia #3

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Do you know the percent of companies in Connecticut that hire individuals with a criminal record? Test your knowledge with Malta’s Weekly Trivia based on the statistics from Malta’s survey!

Malta’s Weekly Trivia #2

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Do you know the national average of inmates that return to incarceration after being released? Test your knowledge with Malta’s Weekly Trivia based on the statistics from Malta’s survey!

 

Parent-Child Visiting Practices in Prisons and Jails

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Relationships between children and their parents are the foundation on which children learn how to form and sustain healthy relationships. Disrupting those relationships—by losing a parent to incarceration, for example—can have long-term effects on children and may lead to antisocial behavior, poor school performance, and physical and mental health problems.

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Malta’s Weekly Trivia #1

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Did you know prior research strongly suggests that holding a job during the first year following release is the single most important factor as to whether a releasee ends up back in prison? Test your knowledge with Malta’s Weekly Trivia based on the statistics from Malta’s survey!

 

Children of Incarcerated Parents

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Family Strengthening Project

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to develop low-cost high-impact family strengthening policies that can be implemented in local jails and state prisons; including developing training materials with an implementation strategy for training correctional institutions about the model policies.

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Ex-Convicts Help Companies Fill Need for Skilled Labor

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Erickson Cos., a Chandler, Ariz., based construction firm, has hired almost 30 former inmates from Arizona state prisons over the past year to build frames for new homes, an effort to cope with skilled-labor scarcity.

“We’re searching for every alternative avenue that we possibly can to help solve this labor shortage,” Rich Gallagher, Erickson’s chief executive, said in an interview.

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Evidence-Based Policymaking: Findings From States

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In a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative assesses the prevalence and sophistication of six key evidence-based policymaking actions—in each state and the District of Columbia—across four policy areas: behavioral health, child welfare, criminal justice, and juvenile justice. States are categorized as Leading, Established, Modest, or Trailing in their levels of evidence-based policymaking.

These interactive maps provide a range of information regarding states’ engagement in evidence-based policymaking. The first map shows how each state scored overall, while the other two maps detail implementation of particular actions across the policy areas studied. In the full report, Pew researchers explain methods and findings in depth, exploring how states have created different tools and processes to incorporate evidence into decision-making.

Read the whole article HERE.