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Career Opportunity for Reentry Women

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Building Pathways CT is seeking Connecticut women who are looking for the skills that pay the bills!

Women Candidates Must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a High School diploma or GED
  • BE DRUG FREE
  • Be a Connecticut resident
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Be physically able to work in construction
  • Have access to a car

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Prison Officials Resist Push to Curb Solitary Confinement

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Article from Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2017, Page A3

State lawmakers across the U.S. are facing resistance as they move to curtail the use of solitary confinement in prisons, showing how hard it is to legislate changes in the nation’s chronically understaffed prison system.

Director of the Nevada DOC, James Dzurenda has pushed for more humane, sensible approaches. He said, “Those offenders are going back into our societies with our kids and our families. We can’t just sit back and watch these offenders get worse.”

Jim has had various positions in the CT DOC, eventually becoming the Director. He left in 2014 to become Director of NYC’s Jails System (over $1.2 B budget). He left that position for his current post, Director of the Nevada DOC, April 2016.

Manufacturers Discuss Second-Chance Hires

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Article from CT Post, April 21, 2017

BRIDGEPORT — National statistics have shown that 93 percent of federal prisoners who found jobs during their supervised release period didn’t return to prison, while half of those who couldn’t find jobs did.

“If people understand the problem, we think they’ll come forward and hire ex-offenders,” Nicholas Yanicelli, president of the Malta Justice Initiative, told members and guests at the Southwest Connecticut Manufacturing Consortium’s monthly meeting.

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Malta Discusses Re-entry Survey On-Air with Steve Kotchko

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Radio Interview from Dialogue*, April 19th

Steve Kotchko, radio show host of Dialogue sat down to talk with Ed Quinlan from the Malta Justice Initiative (MJI).  In the show, Quinlan discusses a survey of Connecticut employers on the topic of hiring ex-offenders.  He also talks about the performance record of ex-offenders who do get jobs, and the cost to society if ex-offenders can’t find work.

“Dialogue”* is a public affairs program produced and owned by the Connecticut Radio Network to inform our listeners about important issues facing the state.   This podcast edition is designed for informational purposes only.  Any other use of this material without the express written permission of the Connecticut Radio Network and its parent company, CRN International, is strictly prohibited.

Poll Shows Business Favors Re-entry Hiring

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Business owners overwhelmingly favor the concept of hiring ex-cons, but few have experience with giving second chances to the formerly incarcerated, a new survey shows.

“When individuals coming out of prison get and keep jobs, our whole community benefits,” said John Santa.

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Survey: CT Biz Willing to Hire Formerly Incarcerated

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Photo credit: Mike Groll, AP

Photo credit: Mike Groll, AP

Ninety-seven percent of more than 300 Connecticut employers surveyed by the Malta Justice Initiative support the idea of giving formerly incarcerated individuals a second chance, the organization reports.

What’s more, of the 55 percent of employers who said they have difficulty in finding qualified candidates to fill jobs, most of those — 76 percent — said they would consider hiring a person with a criminal record if that individual was qualified for the job.

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A Peek Behind Bars

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Photo Credit: MARK PAZNIOKAS / CTMIRROR.ORG

Somers — Scott Semple sat in the prison chow hall and squeezed tartar sauce out of a packet to dress up a dry, rectangular piece of breaded fish. Inmates working the kitchen peered through the narrow slot from which every diner’s tray wordlessly emerged, each with a carton of milk, a fresh-baked roll and portions of fish, mac and cheese, corn and diced carrots, and apple sauce.

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March 26, 2015 Legislative Breakfast Old Judiciary Room State Capitol Hartford CT Remarks on The Justice Imperative

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Len Fasono (R) Representing the 34th Senate District in the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut Senate Minority Leader

Eric Coleman (D) Representing the 2nd Senate District in the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut Chair, Judiciary Committee

Scott Semple, Commissioner Connecticut State Department of Correction

Douglas McCrory (D) Representing the 7th Assembly District in the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut

“The most important book in Connecticut”

Tony Hwang (R) Representing the 28th Senate District in the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut

Malta Justice Initiative hosts a legislative breakfast sponsored by Senators Looney and Fasano

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On March 28, 2015, the Malta Justice Initiative hosted a legislative breakfast sponsored by Senators Looney and Fasano–leaders of both the Republicans and Democrats in the State Senate. The purpose of the breakfast was to introduce The Justice Imperative to the legislature. Several legislators, the Commissioner of Corrections, the book’s authors and members of its executive board committee spoke to the more than 100 people in attendance.

Governor Malloy’s office invited Malta Justice Initiative to a ceremonial signing of the Second Chance Act

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On 7/9/15, Governor Malloy’s office invited Malta Justice Initiative to a ceremonial signing of the Second Chance Act legislation in New Haven. Earlier in the day, the bill was “officially” signed at the State Capitol. Pictured here is the governor, several dignitaries including New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Senator Winfield and MJI board members, John Santa and Marilyn Kendrix.