By Christopher Zoukis Grand St. Settlement is a social services organization in New York that focuses on empowerment, support and advocacy. In operation since 1916, Grand St. serves thousands of New Yorkers through child and family centres, education and skills-based programs. In November 2017, Grand St. Settlement announced a bold — and tasty — new…

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By Christopher Zoukis

In an effort to stem the school-to-prison pipeline and to keep kids in school, the Choice Bus was rolled out to help students understand their options in life, and how their decisions can affect their futures.

The Choice Bus is an initiative of the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, a national nonprofit created in 2007 to help educators, community leaders and other interested groups reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate. Dr. Shelley Stewart named the foundation in honor of his mother, whose murder he witnessed at the hands of his father at the age of five. The tragic incident put him at risk of poverty, homelessness and dropping out of school. Had it not been for a passionate teacher, Stewart’s life may have gone in a different direction. Instead, education made all the difference in his life.

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By Christopher Zoukis Utah has become the latest state push for treatment — not prison — for minor offenses, as part of an effort to offer those who without serious criminal histories and people with substance abuse and mental health issues a chance at turning their lives around. While Utah was already making strides in state…

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By Dan Clark Spending money on pre-kindergarten programs now will inevitably save the tax payers of Pennsylvania money in the long run when they are not paying as much to lock up criminals, according to a report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. To drive that point home on Wednesday, District Attorneys Risa Ferman, Montgomery…

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By Diane Sears For the second consecutive year, on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 — International Men’s Day under the theme, “Working Together For Men And Boys” —  Bare Hill Correctional Facility located in Malone, New York participated in the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative which provides Incarcerated Men with the opportunity to join…

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By Scott McLemee The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. It has come down a sliver over the past six years: the all-time peak rate was in 2008, with 754 prisoners per 100,000 population. As of 2013, that figure had fallen to 716, but the U.S. has retained…

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By Gloria Romero and Rishawn Biddle / Sacramento Bee As the nation focuses on the state of the union and how we make ourselves a better nation, one fact is inexplicably never addressed: If we are to get people back to work, we need to not only have jobs available but trained workers available to…

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By Gloria Romero and Rishawn Biddle / Orange County Register The deaths at the hands of police of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and the decisions not to prosecute officers in either case, should jolt reformers into demanding transformation of both our failing public education and criminal justice systems – whose dysfunctions disproportionately affect poor,…

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By Jerry Large  Image courtesy socksonanoctopus.com- Reading a series of Seattle Times articles about “the empty promises of prison labor” made me think how hard it is to get something good from a system that is, at its core, all about failure on multiple levels — of individuals, of families, of government. Reporters Michael J.…

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By Deborah Stipek and Kathryn Hanson Victor Hugo’s 19th century remark, “He who opens a college door closes a prison,” still holds true these days. The connection among education and incarceration was made starkly clear at Stanford’s 2014 Cubberley Lecture, exactly where actress Anna Deveare Smith brought to life the difficulties facing disadvantaged youth in American…

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