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New Haven Independent: Lawlor Sees Progress On Reform

Mike Lawlor has three goals for criminal justice reform in Connecticut: Reduce crime. Reduce spending. And restore the public’s confidence in the system. From his vantage point as a professional criminal justice reformer, Connecticut is well on its way to achieving...

Greenwich Resident Don Young Elected to Family ReEntry Board

Greenwich Resident Don Young Elected to Family ReEntry Board Bridgeport, CT – (January 8, 2018) – Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the appointment of Don Young...

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...

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...

We were Featured in Nonprofit Quarterly, Oct. 15, 2017

Nonprofit Quarterly: Connecticut Budget Stalemate Makes State’s Bad Inequities Worse, By Jim Schaffer October 15, 2017; San Francisco Chronicle (Associated Press) and the Connecticut Mirror. Although not in the national news as much as some states, Connecticut faces...

Nonprofits are One Solution to the CT Budget Crisis

Congratulations to Family ReEntry Directors Tony Corso and Fred Hodges for your contributions to the Alliance's video explaining the efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings that Connecticut nonprofits provide. Fred has major screen time in this ad. We urge all to...

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...

Family ReEntry’s Medina Recognized as Top Executive

Bridgeport, CT - (June 11, 2017) --- Family ReEntry proudly announces the recognition for Angela Medina as one of Fairfield County's Top Young Executives. Medina was selected to The 2017 Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" List of Top Executives. Medina...

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...

PORTALS… walk through the internet – engage the world

Connecticut Prison Portals -- Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live and full-body, as if in the same room. For more information,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference

We Recently Lead a Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference Philadelphia, PA -- Jeffrey Abramowitz and Jeff Grant lead "You Got to Have Faith: An Inside Look at Reentry" at the 5th Annual Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Assn. Summit. Workshop was held on May 5th,...

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,...

Blue Coupe Rocks for Family ReEntry

Fairfield CT - (April 17, 2017) -- Blue Coupe, with some help of the talented young musicians from School of Rock (Fairfield) as the Opening Act, rocked the FTC Warehouse on Thursday night in support of Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected...

The Color of a Collar: Jeffrey Abramowitz’s Road to Reentry

Jeffrey, a former Philadelphia lawyer, is dedicating his life to helping other returning citizens successfully re-enter society. He is a member of our White-Collar Support Group that meets online on Tuesday evenings. Jeffrey and I will be leading a workshop together...

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...

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...

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...

Why Prisoners and Ex-Felons Should Retain the Right to Vote

Gregg D. Caruso Ph.D.Unjust Deserts --   Originally Published in Psychology Today, Nov. 6, 2016 --   State laws governing voter eligibility for prisoners and ex-felons vary greatly. Only two states allow prisoners to vote—Maine and Vermont—whereas the twelve most...

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...

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,...

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...

Progressive Prison Ministries November 2016 Newsletter

Progressive Prison Ministries  November 2016 Newsletter   White-Collar Ministry I Advocacy I ServiceFaith & Dignity for the Days Ahead    The first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential  support and counseling to individuals, families and...

P.R.I.D.E. Entrepreneurial Program in Connecticut

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News P.R.I.D.E. Entrepreneurial Program in Connecticut  People Reentering Into Doing EntrepreneurshipOur good friend, Barry Diamond, who served time for a white-collar crime, is giving back to the...

Susan Ness Returns to the Board of Directors of Family ReEntry

Susan Ness rejoined the Board after a one year respite. Susan has served over 19 years on the FRE Board being involved in the annual Bydale events, nominating and development committees. She is active participant in the Stephen Ministry and Altar Guild, former Vestry...

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...

Sept. 2016 Newsletter, Progressive Prison Ministries

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Do You Know an Individual, Family or Organization with White-Collar Incarceration Issues? Help is in this Newsletter!Please feel free to forward to those in need! Progressive Prison Ministries,...

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    ...

Prisonist.org: 2015 Report/Spring 2016 Appeal.

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News   Prisonist.org:2015 Report/Spring 2016 Appeal  Coming May 2016: Men of FaithCover StoryDear Friends,We hope this finds you well.  Thank you for your generosity and support in the past year....

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...

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...

National Reentry Week – April 24 – 30, 2016

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News National Reentry WeekApril 24 - 30, 2016 A Letter from Karol Mason Announcing National Reentry Week 2016 View this email in your browser Washington, D.C. 20531March 17, 2016Dear Colleague: Over...

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...

White-Collar DUI Story, By TR – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich I Weston I BridgeportConnecticut White-Collar DUI StoryBy TR - Guest BloggerWe regard the term "white-collar" as a fluid concept - it's more about being ostracized from a community than being...

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...

Life Without Mom, By Steve Brase – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich-Weston-Bridgeport ConnecticutLife Without MomBy Steve Brase - Guest BloggerSteve and Kelly Brase first came to our attention because of their blog's name,"Orange is the New Blog."  Kelly is...

Authentic, A Sermon by Rev. Jeff Grant

  Link to Video of sermon on YouTube here. Let us pray. May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts, be acceptable in your sight Oh Lord – our Rock and our Redeemer. Good morning, and welcome to Martin Luther King Sunday at Norfield Church.  What...

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...

TEDx SingSing, by Sean Pica – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutTEDx SingSingby Sean Pica - Guest BloggerWe first met Sean Pica, and the wonderful students & graduates of Hudson Link, when they spoke for us at Union Theological Seminary.  In their...

JustLeadershipUSA, By Glenn E. Martin – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutJustLeadershipUSABy Glenn E. Martin - Guest BloggerJustLeadershipUSA's big launch and benefit is coming up on Weds., Nov. 12th in NYC.  We asked our friend Glenn E. Martin - its leader...

The Justice Imperative Book Review, by Kam Williams

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich, ConnecticutThe Justice Imperative Book ReviewBy KamWilliams The Justice Imperative:How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dreamby Brian E. Moran, Esq.  Significance Press  Paperback,...

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. ...

ReentrySurvivors.com: Dwight Dickerson, M.A.

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut ReentrySurvivors.com:Dwight Dickerson, M.A.Authenticity: Being truthful to oneself and others is the key to maneuvering through the reentry processDwight Dickerson, MA, Community...

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...

Into The Wild, by David Gordon – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Into The Wild:Addictions Beyond AddictionsSurrenders Beyond SurrendersFreedom Beyond Freedom By David Gordon, Guest BloggerDavid and I met a few weeks ago in Greenwich to discuss his...

Letter to Neil Young, by Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutLetter to Neil Youngby Jeff Grant  "it's all one song"- Neil YoungDear Neil Young, I am writing to you let you know how you've inspired my transformation story and prison...

Rocky Mountain High, by TR – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project  Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Rocky  Mountain HighBy TR - Guest Blogger TR is a ministee from the finance industry who served time after multiple DUI's - he wrote to us in April 2013 after his first two weeks in...

Letter from Prison, by Lee Gutierrez – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich, ConnecticutLetter from Prisonby, Lee Guttierez - Guest Blogger  Lee Gutierrez is serving eight years hard time in the NYS prison system for a single DWI - an accident in which someone got hurt...

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...

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...

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...

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...

It Takes A Town (or Two). By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutIt Takes A Town (or tw0)By Jeff Grant  I admit it.  I prejudged things. My wife Lynn & I had a dream of building new forms of prison ministry to bring diverse and suffering communities...

We Have Dreams Too, By Lynn Springer

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutWe Have Dreams TooBy Lynn Springer Being children of the 50's and 60's, my husband Jeff and I had many remarkable role models as we were growing up: The Freedom Fighters, Martin Luther...

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...

Legal Restrictions Faced By Ex-Offenders: ABA Journal

 Bridgeport Pardons Assistance ProjectThe Prison Ministries of The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport126 Washington AvenueBridgeport, Connecticut 06604bpapct.org This article makes a compelling case for why it is in every ex-offender's interest to engage in the...

The Night Before Prison: A Letter, by Lee Gutierrez

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut  The Night Before Prison: A Letterby Lee GutierrezLee Gutierrez was referred to us only one week before this letter was written and posted - he reports tomorrow to serve his...

Visiting My Brother In Prison, By Alison Grant

Progressive Prison Project Greenwich, Connecticut   Visiting My Brother In Prison, By Alison Grant   When my brother told me he might be going to prison, I couldn't believe it.  In my eyes he could do no wrong.   I had been holding him up on a pedestal since I was a...

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...

A Vision of Forensic Ministry, By Jeff Grant

--> Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut  A Vision of Forensic Ministry By Jeff Grant “Needing help is not a crime; knowing that you need help –  and not asking for it--is a shame.”   In our ministries, I hear stories by so many people who knew that life...

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...

Mourning My Father, Warts and All (Part One)

Progressive Prison ProjectGreenwich, ConnecticutThis is an excerpt from my book, The Art of Surviving Prison, awaiting publication. It originally appeared as one of my Practically Religion columns in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mourning My father, Warts And All (Part...

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...

White Collar Ministry – Hedge Fund Story

-->Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut Not long ago I met with a hedge fund manager who had already been sentenced to five years in prison - he had been designated to report to a Federal prison in five weeks.  Although his case was highly publicized, he...

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