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SBB Applauds PA DoC

The DOC noted that inmates will continue to have access to libraries that average about 15,000 titles each, though some inmates say that they find it difficult to make it to the library and prefer not to check out books for fear of being disciplined over late returns. Sean Damon of Amistad Law Project, which led protests over the book prohibition, expressed relief. “From our perspective, it looks like the DOC did the right thing,” Damon said. But, he added, he’s not satisfied, as other new security measures — including the scanning and surveillance of incoming mail, and the photocopying of inmate legal mail — remain in place.

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Billy PENN: Philly got a $4 million MacArthur Foundation Grant

Billy Penn dot com: Philly got a $4 million MacArthur Foundation Grant – On top of Philly news The city will use it to continue criminal justice reform efforts, including reducing the prison population.

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Real Slavery Is Clear, And Clearly Our Fault As Consumers

apple.news/AKDfreXliTfmWZvYmrIzQVw You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” Now what? By Rosalyn A. Warren Tracing a mysterious message across the world to understand how what we buy is made. When Christel Wallace found a piece of...

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FAMM: Get interactive with the HBO documentary “The Sentence”

FAMM is having a “Watch Party Week” 10/15-10/19, and challenging people to host a few friends and family members to watch the film at their home.  Post it on social media – live tweet, Facebook live, etc. – so as many people get exposed to the powerful message behind the film as possible!  FAMM will have graphics and tool kits available for those who host a party!

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Prison In PA

2,700 Philadelphians are serving life without parole. Will they get a chance at redemption? – On top of Philly news. “You’re in there to die,” she said. “This is wrong.” – Billy PENN for com


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Securus Takes Home Twenty-Seven Awards in 2018 – Business – Odessa

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 2, 2018–Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced today that it has won four awards at the 15 th Annual International Business Awards and four awards at the 10th annual Golden Bridge Awards bringing the total to twenty-seven honors for the year. SOURCE: Securus Technologies, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2018.

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Beyond The Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare

Outlawed in California, New York, and Washington D.C., since 2012 Pennsylvania prosecutors have been using Comstock Act era tactics in an effort to detain prostitutes to combat trafficking. Is charging individuals for Instruments of Crime (IOC) effective policing tactic in ending human trafficking; or is contributing to challenges in addressing important public health risks surrounding HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases? Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are combining forces for important advocacy work to draw attention to these practices.

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Action Alert: #JusticeForMoka

Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Network: This week we are organizing to support a sex worker named Moka, a Black/trans woman working in the industry who defended herself from a client with an extensive history of physical and sexual violence against sex workers in our community. She fended off his attack and called the police for assistance, only to be pepper-sprayed and roughed up by local law enforcement. The violent client ended up succumbing to his injuries and she is now being tried for second degree murder. 

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No Wonder CoCo Chanel Designed Womens Pants

No Wonder CoCo Chanel Designed Womens Pants: If left to the men we would all be barefoot and naked for some reason

Kentucky Jail Sends Black Woman To Court With No Pants. This Judge Won’t Have It.
“What the hell is going on?” Judge Amber Wolf demanded. Sebastian Murdock A black woman from Kentucky was humiliated by jail officials when she was brought into a courtroom without pants, leaving a Louisville judge in disbelief.

“Am I in the Twilight Zone right now?” Judge Amber Wolf asked on courtroom video Friday afternoon.  

Huffington Post

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An excerpt from the book Illegal to Legal: Business Success for the (Formerly) Incarcerated © 2014 by RL Pelshaw, used with permission.

Your strengths are found in your past, both good and bad. I’m not here to beat you up over what you did, or might even be doing now. I’m here to give you a practical path that you can follow to help you use your past to propel you to a new future, your destiny, a future where you have left your past behind you.

Take a moment and think about the Space Shuttle. Obviously, the Shuttle was not designed to stay on earth. It fulfills its destiny in space, not on the launch pad. Blasting off is not a passive event. It’s violent, explosive, and a life-or-death battle to reach the stars. What is the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to get into space? It’s not gravity but the weight of the fuel. The fuel weighs more than nineteen times what the Shuttle weighs. It’s ironic because the Shuttle needs the fuel to get into orbit, but the fuel is so heavy it becomes the biggest obstacle the Shuttle must overcome to blast into space. Breaking through the atmosphere into its destiny is the most difficult thing the Shuttle will ever do. I promised to show you how to use your past to propel you to your destiny. Pretend you are the Space Shuttle. You’re designed and destined to be high above where you are now, but you’re stuck on earth. You’re on the launch pad, ready for something to get you moving. You are yearning for something better, knowing you don’t belong where you are now. You are unhappy that you can’t get to where you want to be but you don’t know how to reach the stars. As the Shuttle you have to use your fuel to blast off, but what is that fuel? Your past, your life experience, is like the fuel in the Space Shuttle. If the fuel is properly used it can propel you into orbit, your destiny. If the fuel is improperly used it becomes dangerous, explosive, and can destroy the Shuttle. If the fuel is unused it weighs you down and keeps you stuck on the launch pad. Life on the launch pad is an unfilled life. On the launch pad you’re never going anywhere, never changing, never doing anything differently, never improving, and never learning. All you are doing is wasting away and decaying while you ignore your destiny above you. I was being crippled by the mental load of shame over the consequences of my mistakes, what I lost, and broken relationships. There was no easy way from that, and I think every incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizen faces that. I asked for, and received God’s help, which I continually need to get past the shame and things that would weigh me down if I let them. Ultimately, I had to choose to get over myself.

You must decide if you want to let your past weigh you down, destroy you, or propel you to your destiny among the stars. What will you decide? Are you willing to do what it takes to make it legitimately, so you can reach your destiny, the life you were meant to live? Once the Shuttle blasts off it cannot return to Earth until its mission is complete. A return mid-launch would be catastrophic for the Shuttle.

History gives us another example of the commitment required for success. Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez burned his ships when he reached the New World in the 1500s. You must have that level of commitment if you wish to reach your goal. Returning to the past should not be an option at all, no matter how hard it is to launch or break through to your destiny. Just as the Space Shuttle cannot return to earth mid-launch, and there were no ships for Cortez’ men to return to Spain, there should be no chance of you ever returning to a life of crime. Close that door forever! This book will show you ways to start your own business so you don’t have to return to or continue crime to make a living.