Americans are angry with the corruption that exists in our government and corporations. Of the high profile crimes we have witnessed over the last decade, few have resulted in any criminal prosecutions of the top executives responsible. To make matters worse, large companies often commit crimes and pay fines that are significantly less than the money they made on their fraudulent schemes. This scenario has enraged the public who have been demanding fair justice for all citizens.
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Even though we have witnessed far too many top executives in government and corporations getting off for all sorts of nefarious activities, the government does go after small time white collar criminals; low hanging fruit that can be caught and prosecuted without complicated, long drawn out, very expensive, and high profile court cases.
The result are the white collar criminals who are brought to justice end up being poster children for all white collar corruption. It’s hard to feel sorry for these folks, as they are criminals and they did commit crimes. However, what people do not see is that their innocent families (spouse and children) often lose everything they have. Losing their house, jobs, status and relationships in the community. There is great shame that the entire family suffers with.
This episode we talk with Reverend Jeffrey Grant, Executive Director of Family ReEntry, in Bridgeport Connecticut and Director of Progressive Prison Project; the first ministry in the United States created to provide confidential support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues.
Grant is unique as his appointment as Executive Director of Family ReEntry marks the first time in the United States that a person formerly incarcerated for a white-collar crime has served as the head of a major re-entry agency. “It’s a tremendous step, and a bold decision on the Board’s part,” Grant said. “This is a transformative period for Family ReEntry. I owe them my fresh start, so of course I said yes when they offered me the position.”
We discuss his journey and the realities white collar criminals and their families face. We also discuss the state of this country and the problems with the criminal justice system.
You can learn more about Reverend Grant and his work at www.prisonist.org or www.familyreentry.org