By Christopher Zoukis In the ongoing discussion of prison reform, mass incarceration and reducing recidivism, vocational programs are often overlooked in favor of formal educational courses and other activities and programming. Maybe it is assumed that most incarcerated individuals have access to, and participate in, vocational training and prison jobs. At least that’s what popular…

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Stephanie George is serving as a stark reminder that despite recent prison reform announcements, we cannot be complacent, that the struggle for re-integration does not end outside prison walls. George had been given a life sentence for “letting her former boyfriend keep drugs in their Florida home,” and assisted in his facilitation of dealings. While…

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There are a number of good reasons to employ former federal prisoners.  The reasons for, and programs available to employers who, employ former federal prisoners are examined on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website at www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/itb_employing_ex_offenders.jsp, through their “Employing Ex-Offenders” web page. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website, “Work opportunities provide hope and…

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To explain precisely what UNICOR is and how it functions, Prison Law Blog offers the following information.  This information is from the Bureau of Prisons website:  bop.gov.  It provides the best and most succinct explanation of UNICOR. What Is UNICOR? “Federal Prison Industries (commonly referred to as FPI or by its trade name UNICOR) is a…

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