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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 our...

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Prison Portal Project to be Presented at CT Governor’s Reentry Conference – First Portal Installed in a U.S. Prison Scheduled to Open in CT this Fall

Prison Portal Project to be Presented at CT Governor's Reentry Conference  First Portal Installed in a U.S. Prison Scheduled to Open in CT this Fall   PRESS RELEASE: Hartford, CT - (June 14, 2017) - Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by...

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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 do...

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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 his talk,...

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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 the honor of...

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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 constant need to please...

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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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Challenge to Harvard Business School Professor Eugene Soltes to Debate his Book: “Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White Collar Criminal,” by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Challenge to Harvard Business School Professor Eugene Soltes to Debate his Book: "Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White Collar Criminal"by Jeff Grant, JD, M DivChallenge to Harvard...

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Progressive Prison Ministries Information Package

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.                                                                          The first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential support and...

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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 the Days Ahead    ...

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Prisonist.org: April ’16 Newsletter

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Prisonist.org: April '16 Newsletter Op-Ed to Gov. Malloy, ABCUSA Grant for Struggling Families, The Norwalk Hour, Family ReEntry, Grace Farms, The Nantucket Project, Christ & Holy Trinity...

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An Open Letter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Our State Legislators, by Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div: On the State’s Plan to Cut Funding for Prisoner Reentry

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News An Open Letter to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Our State Legislators: On the State's Plan to Cut Funding for Prisoner ReentryBy Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div Dear Governor Malloy and Our...

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Progressive Prison Project Information Package

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.                                                                        The first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential support and...

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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 employer I never...

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Voices From Within: Voices From Sing Sing

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Voices From Within:Voices From Sing Sing Among the incredible things that we saw at TEDx SingSing on Weds., Dec. 3, 2014 was the world premiere of this amazing video responding to gun...

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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 one of them. ...

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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 Willie Hayes and...

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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, Truth and Service."  No...

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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 badly.We had one...

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Viktor Frankl & Me, By Jeff Grant

  Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutWhat “Man’s Search for Meaning” Was to Prison, “Religious Perspectives On Business Ethics” Was to Seminary Part One: Viktor Frankl & Me by Jeff Grant  These two books were pivotal in...

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In Prison For The Holidays: Real Letters

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutIn Prison for the Holidays:Real Letters  Lee Gutierrez is serving eight years hard time in the NYS prisonsystem for a single DWI - an accident in which someone got hurt badly.We had one...

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Going Up The Country, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut  Going Up The Country By Jeff Grant  Sat., Oct. 26th, Weston, CT:  Up again way too early this morning - I can't believe it's already been a month since The Nantucket Project and I...

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Letter from Prison 2013: The Next Letter

Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut Letter from Prison 2013: The Next Letter Hello Jeff,Life is going well.  I have been able to keep busy reading the books my family sent me.  With every day that passes I feel a sense of accomplishment because I’m one...

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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 completely different than...

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The Nantucket Project 2012 – Column 1

Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut A column from Sept, 2012.  I was the kick-off speaker at The Nantucket Project 2012 Fellows Academy lunch to start the weekend: Practically Religion: Interesting Times at The Nantucket Project By Jeff GrantAn Ancient...

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