The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 7, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform.

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How To Get A Job When You Have A Criminal Record

Removing the box may allow applicants to get the face-to-face interaction they need to land a job, according to Stanley Richards, the senior VP of The Fortune Society, who discussed the issue on MPR News radio. “We’ve seen …

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/25/bcst-employment-with-a-criminal-record

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Man Adapts To Modern Life After 44 Years In Prison

Otis Johnson was 25 when he was imprisoned for the attempted murder of a police officer. After serving 44 years,  he was given an ID, personal documents, two bus tickets, and $40. He’s now reliant on The Fortune Society …

http://www.newstalk.com/WATCH:-Man-adapts-to-modern-life-after-44-years-in-prison

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Opinion: Can NYC Reform Rikers Island Without Replacing it?

The long-standing debate over whether Rikers can be reformed to gain a semblance of order, or is beyond hope and should be closed, seems to be coming to a tipping point. The layers of problems and issues the facility faces are like …

http://citylimits.org/2015/11/25/can-nyc-reform-rikers-island-without-replacing-it/

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City Pilot Project Allowing Ex-Offenders Into Public Housing Shows Progress       

For years, public housing has been forbidden for many people with criminal records. But a two-year-old pilot program run by the NYC Housing Authority that allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives is showing signs of …

https://www.newsli.com/2015/11/27/city-pilot-project-allowing-ex-offenders-into-public-housing-shows-progress/

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NYCHA Will Reinstate “Not Wanted” List Of Criminal Tenants Banned From Public Housing

Stung by criticism that it’s not doing enough to reduce crime, NYCHA is bringing back its “Not Wanted” list of tenants who commit crimes at developments. For years, NYCHA published the names of criminals who’d been excluded from …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nycha-reinstate-not-wanted-list-article-1.2450907?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%20v2.0%20-%20test%20group%202015-12-01&utm_term=DailyNewsletter%20-%20Horizon%20Test%20Smart%20List

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Deutsche Bank Gives $1 Million To Address Homelessness In New York       City

The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation has selected four NYC organizations that support four homeless populations — veterans, domestic violence survivors, LGBTQ youth, and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families — to …

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151202005903/en/Deutsche-Bank-USD-1-Million-Address-Homelessness

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New York Disarms The “Mentally Ill” — Why Mental Health Experts Are Up In Arms

The proposition that a person who is mentally ill and dangerous should not be permitted to possess a firearm seems incontrovertible. But putting that proposition into practice is controversial, as evidenced by the overwhelming opposition …

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/12/02/new-york-disarms-the-mentally-ill?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm

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New Scanning Device Headed To Rikers Can Detect Contraband Inside Bodies

NYC is purchasing 10 super-sensitive scanning devices aimed at stopping Rikers Island inmates — and correction officers — from sneaking cellphones and other contraband inside their bodies. The portable gizmos sell for $10,000 each …

http://nypost.com/2015/11/29/new-scanning-device-headed-to-rikers-can-detect-contraband-inside-bodies/

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Hours Before He Was Fatally Shot, Ex-Rikers Inmate Awaiting $450G Payout From NYC Predicted To Mother “Something Was Going To Happen To Him”

Just a few hours before he was shot dead, a former Rikers Island inmate awaiting a $450,000 payout from the city told his mother of a dark premonition. “He felt like something was going to happen to him,” Robert Hinton’s mom told …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-rikers-inmate-told-dark-premonition-mom-death-article-1.2449208

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National:
Americans Are Still Being Imprisoned For Being HIV Positive

At least 80 HIV-positive people have been prosecuted for having consensual sex, spitting on people, or biting people in the last two years alone, says a report by the Center for HIV Law and Policy. And those are just the people …

https://news.vice.com/article/americans-are-still-being-imprisoned-for-being-hiv-positive

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National:
How The Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives

Mass shootings drive the debate on gun violence. But as horrific as they are, by most counts they represent less than 1% of all gun homicides. America’s high rate of gun murders is fueled by a relentless drumbeat of deaths of black men …

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-gun-control-debate-ignores-black-lives

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National:
Both Parties Want Reform In Justice System After Election

On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago. But even among those who support change, there’s no consensus …

http://www.clintonherald.com/news/national_world_news/both-parties-want-reform-in-justice-system-after-election/article_d2784e96-e2ec-5fba-8ed9-76383ea593a6.html

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National:
The Gaping Hole In The Prison Early Release Program: Mental Health Care

While a sur­feit of data on Amer­ica’s over-in­car­cer­a­tion ap­pears to sup­port the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ra­tionale for the early-re­lease of in­mates serving time for non­vi­ol­ent of­fenses, a cru­cial as­pect went un­ad­dressed in all the hoopla …

http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/criminal-justice/gaping-hole-prison-early-release-program-mental-health-care

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National:
Opinion: Women Behind Bars

America’s out-of-control incarceration boom has finally started to get the sustained public scrutiny, and condemnation, it deserves. But one key element of the story still receives too little attention: the number of women in prisons and jails …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/opinion/women-behind-bars.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

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California:
New Leno Bill Seeks To Change Debate Over Youth In Solitary Confinement

The debate over solitary confinement for youth could take a new turn in the California legislature with the introduction of a bill that calls the practice “torture.” The bill would limit the amount of time a youth inmate could be …

http://www.sfexaminer.com/new-leno-bill-seeks-to-change-debate-over-youth-in-solitary-confinement/

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Illinois:
Judge: No Bail For Chicago Cop Charged In Teen’s Murder

Less than 30 seconds. That’s how long Cook County prosecutors said Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was on the scene before he fired at a knife-wielding African-American teenager who neither lunged toward Van Dyke nor …

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/1125196/chicago-police-officer-charged-murder-laquan-mcdonald-shooting

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Illinois:
Will The “21 Foot” Defense Work For The Chicago Cop Who Shot Laquan McDonald? Revisiting A 30-Year Concept That Is Used To Justify Deadly Force

A white Chicago police officer who killed a black teenager in a hail of bullets acted under an often-cited police concept that governs deadly force — the “21-foot rule.” But the man who devised the rule says it’s misleading and dangerous to call it …

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/11/25/will-the-21-foot-defense-work-for-the-chicago-cop-who-shot-laquan-mcdonald?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm

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Kentucky:
Beshear Restores Voting Rights To Some Felons

In one of his final acts as Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear signed an executive order that will automatically restore the right to vote to certain felons who have served out their sentences, a move hailed by some as a boost to democracy…

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2015/11/24/beshear-restores-voting-rights-some-felons/76282838/

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Ohio:
Smarter Justice Helping Errant Kids And Mentally Ill Can Reduce High Toll Of Jail

Ohio has been recognized in recent years as a national leader in prison reform, for reducing recidivism and introducing programs to aid prisoners in their transition back to society. Two of the Ohio reforms now gaining attention are …

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2015/11/30/1-smarter-justice.html

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Texas:
Suicides, Attempted Suicides Up In Texas Prisons

Suicides and attempted in Texas prisons are up 40% over the last seven years in a trend that troubles advocates for prison reform. The increases occur as the overall prison population decreased nearly 5% …

http://abc13.com/news/suicides-attempted-suicides-up-in-texas-prisons/1103168/

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