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Criminal Justice Insider Radio, Fri. Jan. 19, 2018, 9 am with Guest Cynthia Farrar, Founder of Purple States TV & Producer of the Documentary “Life on Parole”

Please join us when Cynthia Farrar, Founder, CEO and Executive Producer of Purple States TV and the documentary “Life on Parole” about the Connecticut criminal justice system will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant, live on WNHH...

Criminal Justice Insider Radio, Fri. Jan. 5, 2018, 9 am with Guest Danielle Cooper, Director of Research at the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven – and Special Call-in by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Please join us when Danielle Cooper, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and the Interim Director of Research at the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven, will be our guest on Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls Ivy & Jeff Grant, live on...

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...

First Do No Harm: How Can the Connecticut Criminal Justice Community and State Government Work Together to Get Through the Fiscal Crisis? An Open Letter

An Open Letter to Governor Malloy, State of Connecticut Legislators, and Members of the Connecticut Criminal Justice Community: The Hippocratic Oath compels those in the medical profession to make certain that they first do no harm. A just and ethical principle to...

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...

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...

The Art of Surviving Prison

The Nantucket Project -- Jeff Grant is a minister, activist, social ethicist and author. As Director of the Progressive Prison Project in Greenwich, and Assoc. Minister/Director of Prison Ministries of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport Connecticut, Jeff is...

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...

Envisioning a First Chance Society, by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div & Sarah Diamond, PhD: Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities

Envisioning a First Chance Societyby Jeff Grant, JD, M Div& Sarah Diamond, PhD"Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities"Envisioning a First Chance Society   Last fall, the Directors of Family ReEntry viewed a TED Talk by Dan Pallotta titled,...

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...

Press Release: Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper Band Members to Play Benefit Concert for Family ReEntry on April 13th at FTC Warehouse, Fairfield

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Over a Quarter-Million Views and Growing! Press Release: Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper Band Members to Play Benefit Concert for Family ReEntry on April 13th at FTC Warehouse, Fairfield  For...

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...

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...

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,...

The Slippery Slope of Goals & Incentives, by Tim Askew – Guest Blogger. Incentive to perform is often indistinguishable from incentive to cheat

Prisonist.org Faith & Dignity for the Days Ahead Blogs, Guest Blogs & News The Slippery Slope of Goals & Incentives:  Incentive to perform is often  indistinguishable from incentive to cheat   By Tim Askew - Guest Blogger     Our friend Tim Askew is the Founder and   ...

The Weston Forum: Former White-Collar Criminal Turns Focus to Spirituality and Helping Others, by Gregory Menti – Reporter

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News The Weston Forum: Former White-Collar Criminal Turns Focus to Spirituality and Helping Others   by Gregory Menti - Reporter The Weston Forum gmenti@theWestonForum.comReprinted from The Weston...

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...

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...

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...

Speaking the Unspeakable: Abused and Neglected Women Speak Out On The 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream”

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut  Aug. 24, 2013   Speaking the Unspeakable:    Abused and Neglected Women Speak Out On The 50th Anniversary of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s  “I Have a Dream” By Jeff Grant Today...

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...

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