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A Clean Slate

Posted by GVT Admin on May 7, 2024 10:00:59 AM

It has become a cliché in film and TV that ex-cons (as they're known) struggle to make a fresh start because they have a "record". Every school kid in America knows that he/she doesn't want to have a "record". They'll never get a good job, never work for the government and, in many places, never be allowed to vote. A standard question on most job applications inquires whether you've ever been arrested. In other words, after a convicted felon has paid his/her "debt to society", he/she must continue to pay the debt forever. Research tells us that this "criminal record" relentlessly following those long after they have served their sentence is the primary cause of recidivism in U.S. Finding no other way to care for themselves in the "outside" world, they return to crime for survival.

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Topics: Adult Re-Entry, social issues

Strengthening Re-entry Programs with Non-Profit Software in the US

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 5, 2023 11:15:00 AM

The concept of reentry programs in the US has gained prominence in recent years. These programs aim to support individuals who are transitioning from incarceration back into society. While the objectives are clear and noble, the successful execution of reentry programs can be complex.

This is where non-profit software plays a pivotal role, revamping reentry case management and facilitating successful reintegration into society.  Case management software for non-profits in the reentry sector has numerous benefits, some of which are highlighted in this blog.

But first, let’s talk about the challenges of reentry programs in American society.

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Topics: nonprofit software solutions, Adult Re-Entry

Starting Over

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 23, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Every now and then this blog takes a close-up of the work an individual agency is doing. This week we would like to profile Starting Over, Inc. a small Los Angeles agency dedicated to helping individuals who have fallen by the wayside and are trying to reenter the mainstream of normal life. Starting Over Inc. is dedicated to helping Southern California's most vulnerable by addressing homelessness, recidivism, and reentry. Although providing transitional housing is an important part of their service, over time the program has evolved a seven-part service model that seeks to address the complex of conditions that hinder a successful reentry into the mainstream.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, Homeless & Food Pantry, Adult Re-Entry

How Re-Entry Programs Improve a Community

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 3, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Every year, nearly 600,000 people are released from prison. More than two-thirds of inmates are arrested again within three years of their release. Former inmates may struggle to re-enter society due to obstacles such as unemployment, homelessness, or a lack of funds.
The majority of these people do not receive the assistance and counseling they require to avoid committing another crime. In this case, re-entry programs can be beneficial. They want to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society. Re-entry programs offer a variety of services such as job placement, housing, and mentoring.  Let's examine how re-entry programs improve a community. 

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Topics: Adult Re-Entry

Forensic Social Work...A Little Deeper Dive

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 24, 2022 10:45:00 AM

We are quite surprised but pleased by our readers' enthusiastic response to our recent blog on forensic social work. Social workers and workers from other professions were so intrigued by the work that forensic social workers do within the criminal justice system that they asked if we would flesh out a little more the career details of the forensic social work specialty. If you're considering a career in forensic social work, here's an overview you may find helpful.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, what social workers do, Victim Services, Adult Re-Entry

Punishment Doesn't Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 17, 2022 10:45:00 AM

According to The Sentencing Project, over the past four decades, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 475%, rising from a total of 26,326 in 1980 to 152,854 in 2020. Also, over half (58%) of imprisoned women have a child under the age of 18.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, Adult Re-Entry

Forensic Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 3, 2022 10:45:00 AM

There are over 111,565 forensic social workers currently employed in the United States, but few people have any idea what they do. Forensic social workers are involved in both criminal and civil cases that can include termination of parental rights, juvenile and adult justice services, corrections, and mandated treatment. They fight against oppression that is exhibited through exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, violence, criminalization, and cultural dominance or imperialism. Forensic social workers assist individuals of all ages, handling child custody, juvenile arrest, and child maltreatment, elder abuse, divorce, civil disputes and criminal offending and imprisonment. As counselors they may provide psychosocial counseling, group counseling or mediation services. As a case manager or liaison, they link the legal world with the field of social work. They may be employed across a wide variety of settings such as court systems, mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, hospitals, child and family agencies, prisons, and faith-based institutions.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, what social workers do, Victim Services, Adult Re-Entry

4 Reasons Why Re-Entry Programs are Important

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 14, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Re-entry programs play an important role in "leveling the playing field" for some of society's most vulnerable members. The goal is to simplify this complex issue while emphasizing the importance of re-entry programs. These programs are critical in assisting our justice system in achieving its goal of increased public security while also assisting former inmates in becoming productive and successful members of society.

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Topics: criminal justice, Adult Re-Entry

4 Elements of Successful Re-entry Programs for Inmates

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 6, 2022 7:00:00 AM

As you proceed to discuss the major elements of effective inmate re-entry as part of the greater transitional justice system, it is necessary to recognize why society must conceive and respect inmates as Individuals, not simply prisoners.

Society and social services must begin to treat inmates as individuals from the outset of their sentence... Beginning Early!

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Topics: criminal justice, social justice, Adult Re-Entry

Recidivism Reboot

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 27, 2021 12:30:00 PM

When prisoners in the United States are released, they face an environment that is challenging and actively deters them from becoming productive members of society. Within three years of release, 67.8 percent of ex-offenders are rearrested, and, within five years, 76.6 percent are rearrested.

Criminals are Criminals

Recidivism rates (or rates of repeat offending) are often used as a measure of effectiveness of prison systems and post-release offender management programs.  What’s more, studies show that the general public believes - “once a criminal, always a criminal”. They see “ex-cons” as “criminals waiting to happen again.”

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Topics: criminal justice, social justice, Adult Re-Entry

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