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New Haven Independent: The Problem With Punishment

By Thomas Breen, Reprinted from the New Haven Independent, April 30, 2019 Philosopher Gregg Caruso has one big problem with punishment: It doesn’t work. In a world where social determinants like poverty, abuse, and malnutrition play a much larger role than individual...

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Forbes: White-Collar Defendants Have A Place To Go For Support, by Walt Pavlo. Progressive Prison Ministries Celebrates its 150th Online White Collar Support Group Meeting.

By Walt Pavlo, Reprinted from Forbes.com, April 16, 2019 White collar defendants (felons) face a number of obstacles. Many face their past demons and attempt to make amends with victims, family and friends. It is a difficult road and one where there are few...

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New Haven Independent: Glenn E. Martin, Criminal Justice Crusader, gives his first interview since leaving JustLeadershipUSA, on Criminal Justice Insider radio with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant.

By Tom Breen, Reprinted from New Haven Independent, Dec. 13, 2018 Glenn E. Martin spent eight years of his youth sticking up jewelry stores. He spent nearly four years of his adulthood raising tens of millions of dollars to help end mass incarceration. In Martin’s...

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We were Featured on Inc.com, Feb. 22, 2016

Inc.: What Successful Entrepreneurs and Successful Criminals Have in Common, By Tim Askew The distance between the criminal and the successful entrepreneur is not so very far. ____________________ I found this line in a recent John Grisham bestseller.  "Prisons are...

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We were Featured on Inc.com, Oct. 2, 2017

Inc.com: Entrepreneurship as Precursor to Addiction: The Business Crisis of Opiates, By Tim Askew The first paragraph of Scott Peck's book The Road Less Traveled says simply, "Life is difficult." That's certainly true. For the Buddha suffering was the first rule of...

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Annual Back to School Drive for Children & Youth

Family ReEntry Youth is currently collecting donations for our Annual Back to School Drive for children & youth involved with our programs. For the last six years, we have launched a large scale collection for new backpacks and school supplies for youth served at...

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Family ReEntry’s 2016-17 Annual Appeal

The Problem Even as the Connecticut government is closing prisons and reducing the prison population to the lowest level since the 1970s – a good thing – the fiscal crisis has caused it to terminate the funding for and close EVERY community-based nonresidential...

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Family ReEntry Announces New Board Members

Bragg, Light and Morris Elected to Board Bridgeport, CT - (May 22, 2017) -- Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the appointment of three key new board members, who will help guide the...

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Correcting Corrections in Connecticut

By Steve Hawkins -- NB: This is part of a series of interviews conducted by Steve Hawkins, president of the Coalition for Public Safety, featuring individuals taking the initiative to change the justice system within their sphere of influence. How deeply should brain...

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What does it mean to be a father?

Composed by Fathers for Change client and IPV-FAIR Clinician Sonya Klein --   What does it mean to be a father? It means everything... I’m only here because I need to know they are okay Fathers... Console their kids Make sure their needs are met Show them how to...

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Envisioning a First Chance Society

by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div & Sarah Diamond, PhD --   "Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities" Last fall, the Directors of Family ReEntry viewed a TED Talk by Dan Pallotta titled, "The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong."  In...

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What’s the Use of Regret?

Gordon Marino, The New York Times -- Cover art: Leigh Wells -- Originally Published in THE STONE, Nov. 12, 2016 -- Some thinkers have portrayed regret as a humanizing emotion. The 20th-century moral philosopher Bernard Williams pointed out that, in instances where a...

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The PTSD I Couldn’t See

By Amy Oestreicher, Guest Blogger --   Originally Published Feb. 14, 2017 -- I grew up thinking an “illness” was either a fever or croup. Illness was a stuffy nose – a sick-day, an excuse to miss a day of school. At 18 years old, “illness” took on an entirely...

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Child Of An Incarcerated Parent

by Melissa Tanis --   Reprinted from Prisonist.org, Jan. 22, 2015 --     We asked Melissa to write a guest blog for prisonist.org after she contacted us looking for a job.  She sent us one of the most poignant, movingand authentic pieces we have everhad...

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Story of a Woman Returning from Prison

Surviving Danbury FCI --   by Jacqueline Polverari - Guest Blogger     I don’t think I could ever remember a time in my past life where I was truly satisfied or even happy with myself.  I had a continuing need to prove myself to my father, a...

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Interview: WGCH 1490 AM, Greenwich, CT

Rev. Jim Lemler, Rector and Senior Pastor of Christ Church Greenwich, interviewed Jeff for his radio show, "On Faith." It is presented on The Greenwich Sentinel Radio Hour. Please click below to listen to archived show. Original Airdate: Tues. Jan. 31,...

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Prisonist.org: May ’16 Newsletter

From: Rev. Jeff Grant, Director, Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project Prisonist.org: May '16 Newsletter  Progressive Prison Project/  Innocent Spouse & Children Project Faith & Dignity for...

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The National Hire Ex-Felons Campaign

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich l Weston l BridgeportConnecticut The National Hire Ex-Felons CampaignBy Bob Pelshaw - Guest Blogger _______________ The Relationship Between Felons – Jobs – Employers - CrimeAs an...

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TEDx SingSing: December 3, 2014

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut TEDx Sing Sing: December 3, 2014Sometimes an event comes along that is so important and groundbreaking for our community that we are jumping out of our skin - this is...

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ReentrySurvivors.com: Willie Hayes

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutReentrySurvivors.com: Willie Hayes"Seek to do what most aren't willing to do now, so that you will be able to do what most can't do later" - Willie Hayes My name is...

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Disrupting Shame, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Disrupting ShameBy Jeff Grant Lynn and I preached last Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Danbury - our topic was, "Disrupting Shame through Faith,...

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Poetry from Prison, by Lee Gutierrez

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutPoetry From Prison  By Lee GutierrezLee Gutierrez is serving eight years hard time in the NYS prisonsystem for a single DWI - an accident in which someone got hurt...

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Letter from Prison 2013

--> Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut I received the letter below from a friend who understands the value of sharing his experience with others. April 15, 2013 Dear XXX, Thinking about & praying for you. It's all going to be...

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