Safer Foundation in the News
U.S. economic growth suffers when former prisoners and convicted felons are locked out of the labor market, a new study shows.
At age twelve, Tony Graham was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana around his neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. By his late twenties his drug-usage was out of control. “I was consuming about a sixteenth of cocaine, about an ounce of weed, and about a fifth of cognac on a daily basis,” he said.
Clinical Professor Randolph Stone was honored Friday with the Safer Foundation’s annual Spirit of Safer Award, which acknowledges significant contributions to criminal justice reform in the Chicago area. By University of Chicago Law School Communications
Nearly 20 years ago, LaTonya Anderson got into a scuffle with police. She pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on two police officers and was granted probation and community service, a deal she said she took so she could quickly get home to her newborn son.
By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Chicago Tribune After four years in prison, Antonio Crum tried to start his life anew. He married, focused on fatherhood and got a degree in electrical engineering at a local trade school.
While the protracted fight over the state budget has been discouraging, it takes place at the same time bipartisan agreement is emerging on reforms of the state's criminal corrections system.
By Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune Ban the box. That phrase entered headlines recently as President Barack Obama issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to "delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process." That's a fancy way of telling the agencies to lose the box that job applicants have to check if they have ever been convicted of a felony.
As he rode home on a Greyhound bus earlier this year, 19-year-old Dennis Rodriguez swore he had learned his lesson. He would do whatever he could, he said, to stay out of prison and to steer clear of the gangs that had a tight grip on his Chicago neighborhood.
New law gives former offenders the chance to demonstrate rehabilitation and find employment.
During his speech this month at the annual gathering of the NAACP in Philadelphia, President Barack Obama exposed one of the fundamental challenges to reforming our broken criminal justice system when he observed that justice is “not only the absence of oppression, it is the presence of opportunity.”
$5 theft kept Darnell Bowen from a job at ECI — but a rare pardon reopened doors.
This story is part of the Transform Monthly section on criminal re-entry programs in the Rockford area
New Partnership Provides CNC Training to Safer Clients
Reporter Patti Ahern writes in the Southtown Star about Safer Foundation's Neighborhood CleanUp Program, which provides transitional employment opportunity to Safer clients.
Ten years ago, Debbie Jakacki, owner of Jakacki Bag & Barrel in Chicago, a family business that's been around since 1942, found herself continually frustrated by her employees. "We didn't have a lot of people who had a great work ethic," says Jakacki. "They thought if they were coming to work one or two days a week, they were doing really well."
Mark your calendar: Safer Foundation 24th Annual Golf Invitational July 9, 2013
A fun time is par for the course!
Adult transition centers are at risk of closing down without the assistance of money from the state.
Proposed Cuts in Services to Help Former Prisoners Transition to Communities Put Public Safety at Risk, Cost Taxpayers More | February 22, 2012
Advocates call for full funding of programs that help former prisoners get jobs, keep communities safe
The Chicago Tribune spoke with Safer Foundation’s director of client services about finding employment after a felony conviction.
The Chicago Tribune features Safer Foundation during the holiday season.
Safer Foundation's Colleen Willman received recognition from the United Way for her work in the Quad Cities.
Rockford's WIFR examines local reentry programs, focuses on Safer Foundation.
The Denver VOICE's Margo Pierce interviews Safer Foundation President/CEO B. Diane Williams.
The Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest talks about Steven McCullough joining Safer Foundation as Chief Operating Officer.
Terry Dean of the Austin Weekly News reports on Steven McCullough joining Safer Foundation as Chief Operating Officer.
The Chicago Tribune's Dawn Turner Trice tells the story of Darrell Langdon, whose criminal record prevented him from getting a job with Chicago Public Schools despite his Certificate of Good Conduct. Safer Foundation has been a strong advocate for expanding the eligibility for Certificates and was instrumental in the passing of Senate Bill 1050, which accomplished just that.
Theresa Churchill of the Herald-Review in Decatur, Ill., discusses the Summit of Hope, which discussed services for people returning from probation or parole.
Medill student Tey-Marie Astudillo discusses reentry programs with Safer Foundation's Veronica Cunningham for an online news blog.
Thomas Geyer of the Quad-City Times interviews Safer Foundation Quad Cities staff members prior to a trivia night fundraiser.
ARRA Implementation Spotlight: City of Chicago Funds Two Green Workforce Training Programs with Stimulus Grants | May 14, 2010
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning examines the use of stimulus funds in the city, including a program run by Safer Foundation.
Emily Riemer of Opportunity International blogs about microfinancing programs, including Safer Foundation's partnership with ACCION Chicago.
Lily Garcia answers questions about reentry, discusses Safer Foundation in the Washington Post
Thomas Geyer of the Quad-City Times features the Q-C Advocates for Success, a partnership that includes Safer Foundation.
Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn: Chicago's Safer Foundation has been working for three decades to smooth the re-entry into society of those released from prison. It is, in a very real sense, a crime-fighting organization.
Edith Brady-Lunny of the Bloomington Pantagraph examines the success of Sheridan Correctional Center.
A good piece by Eve Tahmincioglu for MSNBC that examines the challenges faced by inmates as they return to society. The story features an interview with Safer President/CEO Diane Williams.
Safer Foundation President/CEO Diane Williams is featured as one of the interviews in this Chicago Public Radio series on juvenile justice.
Safer Foundation’s federal stimulus green jobs deconstruction program was featured by Dorothy Tucker from CBS Channel 2 News.
PBS NewsHour's Paul Solman revisits the topic of reentry during his year in review and discusses his visit to Safer Foundation earlier in the year.
The Huffington Post's Victoria Fine features Safer Foundation client Norris Cooper as part of their 12 Days, 12 Cities, 12 Families holiday giving campaign.
KWQC-TV in the Quad Cities talks about the challenges facing people with criminal records as they return to society following incarceration.
Chicago Public Radio interviews Safer Foundation President/CEO Diane Williams about reentry efforts in Chicago.
WREX in Rockford visits a resource fair for people with criminal records.
Rorye O'Connor reports on the prospects of a new reentry program in Mt. Vernon, Ill.
John O'Connor of the Associated Press discusses the drug program at Sheridan Correctional Center.
Nationally syndicated column Annie's Mailbox references Safer Foundation in a response to a reader seeking assistance for her nephew.
The Associated Press interviews former Safer client Juan Cruz to bring attention to the efforts of people with criminal records to return to the workforce.
Kimberly Hendrickson of City Journal examines the effectiveness of reentry programs in cities around the country.
Kevin Johnson of USA Today interviews Safer Foundation's Veronica Cunningham about job prospects of people with criminal records.
Safer client Juan Cruz tells his story to Dick Gordon on The Story by American Public Media.
Renee Argo just wants a chance to become a productive member of society. The 44-year-old Silvis woman was released from federal prison in July, after serving 12 years on drug charges.
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