April 21, 2018

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  • LONG TERM EFFECTS OF POVERTY

       PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. INC.  JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA  and the LONG TERM EFFECTS OF POVERTY  As I ponder the events surrounding violence in Jacksonville and the recent shootings that left three dead and a little boy seriously injured. I find myself reflecting on the efforts of PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. INC., to highlight the root causes of drugs, gangs and…

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  • EDWIN BUSS, SECRETARY, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, OUSTED.

                             Edwin Buss Florida's prison system, with 144 facilities and 102,000 inmates is the third-largest in the nation, with a $2.3 billion budget.  Wednesday brought the resignation of  it's Secretary,  Ed Buss, who held a' six month-long tenure and earned an annual salary of $144,999.  Buss, 45, came to Tallahassee from Indiana, where he ran that state's…

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  • NEED TO SEAL OR EXPUNGE YOUR FLORIDA CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD?

    Florida law allows a person who has never been convicted (adjudicated guilty) of a crime to seal or expunge their arrest record. Doesn't seem that a person would have to be concerned about having their criminal history record sealed or expunged if adjudication was witheld or charges were dropped or dismissed. But the Florida Legislature…

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  • NIGHTMARISH EFFECT OF HARSH ‘TOUGH ON CRIME’ LEGISLATION

    If you think that Mandatory Minimum, Three Strike Laws and The War on Drugs is a nightmare, please visit the websites below and read the attached Blogs in the Time Union Newspaper - Jacksonville, FL as it relates to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (Rico-Act) and African American gang members A mandatory sentence…

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  • GOT A FELONY – GET A JOB

    FRESH OUT OF PRISON? LOOKING FOR WORK? If you’ve served your time and live in Jacksonville, Florida, you may be in luck. Founded in 1999, Operation New Hope is dedicated to providing individuals and families with opportunities and tools necessary to rebuild their lives and restore communities through sustainable economic development initiatives. Ready4Work is one…

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  • BECOMING ELIGIBLE FOR WORK RELEASE IN FLORIDA

    Work Release is defined by the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) as a program that allows selected inmates to work at paid employment in the community during the last months of their confinement. There are 30 Work Release Centers (WRC) in Florida and an inmate must meet the established criteria in order to be considered…

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  • AUTOMATIC RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS IN FLORIDA THWARTED

    The controversy regarding the restoration of civil rights for convicted felons ended abruptly on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. The process for restoration, prior to this date, was already severely scarred due to the lack of funding the positions necessary for processing the tens of thousands of applications. Rep. Ari Abraham Porth sponsored HJR bill #51…

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  • INMATE VISITATION SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY

    Yes, you heard it right.  If you are incarcerated in the state of Florida, your visitation privileges can be suspended indefinitely.  Doesn't matter if you're married, in a relationship, have children or just a long, lost friend, visitation is considered a privilege and can be denied accordingly.  Although extensive studies have shown that family support…

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  • MARRIAGE INSIDE PRISON WALLS

    Is it possible to marry an offender incarcerated in the state of Florida? Ever wonder about what that process entails for lovebirds desiring to marry inside the walls?  When an inmate decides to get married, he/she must submit a request to their Chaplain who explains what must be provided in order for a decision to be made.  This includes a…

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