Making Contact

Making Contact – Ban the Box! The Campaign for Post-Prison Employment (ENCORE EDITION)

It’s not even the crime that counts sometimes. Or the time in prison. It’s that little box on an application that asks you to reveal if you have a criminal history. Checking that box can mean the difference between failure and success.  On this edition, the nationwide movement to ‘ban-the-box’, and make criminal histories less of a stigma.

Thanks to The Omnia Foundation for partial funding for this program.

Featuring:

Marilyn Austin-Smith*, formerly incarcerated, and member of All of Us or None; *Michelle Natividad Rodriguez*, National Employment Law Project Attorney; *Mike Casey*, Unite Here! Local 2 President; *Mike Hannigan*, Give Something Back company director; *Donald Washington, Juan Filomeno, Shirley Hollis*, formerly incarcerated; *Lois Ahrens*, Real Cost of Prisons Project prisoner advocate; Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts; *Aaron Tanaka,* Boston Workers Alliance Executive Director; *Michael Corwin. *Private investigator; *Julie Roberts*, Northeastern University School of Law board of directors’ member

For More Information:

National Employment Law Project

http://www.nelp.org/

All of Us or None

http://www.allofusornone.org/

 EPOCA: Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement

http://exprisoners.org/

Real Cost of Prisons Project

http://realcostofprisons.org/

Boston Workers Alliance

http://bostonworkersalliance.org/

SF Human Rights Commission

http://www.sf-hrc.org/

Unite Here! Local 2

http://www.onedaylongersf.org/

 Give Something Back Office Supplies

https://www.givesomethingback.com/

 Drug Policy Alliance

http://www.drugpolicy.org/

Neighbor to Neighbor-Massachusetts

http://www.n2nma.org/

Mass Legal Services

http://www.masslegalservices.org/node/29099

Legal Services for Prisoners With Children

http://www.prisonerswithchildren.org/

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

http://www.mass.gov/governor/

Omnia Foundation

http://www.omniafoundation.org/

Articles, Reports:

‘Do Workers with Criminal Backgrounds Deserve a Second Chance?’- In These
Times

http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/7114/do_workers_with_criminal_backgrounds_deserve_a_second_chance/

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 “Too Little, Too Late,” by James Alan Fox

http://boston.com/community/blogs/crime_punishment/2010/05/cori_reform_-_too_little_too_l.html

ACLU CORI Reform chart

http://aclum.org/sites/all/files/legislative/cori_reform_explained.pdf

A Brief History of the Drug War – Drug Policy Alliance

http://www.drugpolicy.org/facts/new-solutions-drug-policy/brief-history-drug-war

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Race, Prison and Poverty by Paul Street

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/streeracpripov.html

 Ex-offenders and the Labor Market by John Schmitt and Kris Warner* *
www.cepr.net/documents/publications/ex-offenders-2010-11.pdf


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