Bobby was only in his late twenties, but he had already spent much of his life in and out of prison. He admitted to making some bad decisions in his life – Bobby was definitely no angel. Several months earlier, he had been arrested again and given a choice: either go to prison for a long time, or successfully complete an alternative program. He chose the program, but he wasn’t confident that he would make it through…
THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: REMARKS BY DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES
US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF LABOR VISITS TURNING LEAF
…during my visit to the Turning Leaf Project, a nonprofit organization that offers classroom training to returning citizens and places them in transitional jobs. I met five men who are actively working on skills they never learned growing up — from removing oneself from problem situations to handling setbacks to simply identifying feelings — skills that will make them more productive citizens. With these tools, they can become the men they always wanted to be. Travis, one of the program graduates, said, “I always wanted to be somebody productive in society, but I didn’t know how to do that.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
The Justice Department’s second-highest-ranking official Thursday said that the federal prison’s most successful education and reentry program has “dramatically” shrunk in recent years, leaving more than 10,000 inmates on a waiting list for prison jobs and educational training…..
THE HUFFINGTON POST
Sean Kittrell has been a federal prosecutor for more than two decades. He packs a gun in Charleston, South Carolina, where he’s known as a “traditional, old-school, tough-as-nails violent crime and drug prosecutor,” according to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, a top Justice Department official in Washington.
“I have spent a lifetime putting people in prison,”Kittrell wrote in a recent email. “That is what we are trained to do. I spent my career, in different jobs, using that tool.”
But Kittrell is doing something a little different these days….
THE POST & COURIER: GETTING NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR GOOD REASONS
There are about a dozen guys sitting in this room — some of them tattooed, some with long hair or dreads — talking casually about doing drugs, committing crimes.
Quietly and calmly, they are listing the factors that led them into both. Joe McGrew urges them on, writes their answers on a board at the front of a classroom….
CHARLESTON REGIONAL BUSINESS JOURNAL
Selling drugs was just a way of life for Kelvin Dayse.
Growing up in the Gadsden Green housing project in downtown Charleston, Dayse said he was taught to think with a pack mentality and to do whatever was needed to make money. He said he was charged with tax evasion and money laundering from his time selling drugs. He spent more than two years in jail waiting to be sentenced before he met Amy Barch…
THE POST & COURIER: A NATIONAL MODEL
Shakiem Maxwell will tell you straight — he was headed down the wrong road, doing all the wrong things.
At 22, he already had a rap sheet that included attempted armed robbery, forgery and drug crimes. He was doing time in the Charleston County jail when Amy Barch found him…..
THE POST & COURIER
It’s graduation day at the Charleston County detention center, but the 14 inmates gathered in striped jumpsuits aren’t leaving these concrete walls, not yet anyway. Instead, they are graduating from their old selves, the criminal ones who stole, dealt drugs, assaulted others and whatever else they saw fit.
Amy Barch, director of Turning Leaf Project, wipes tears away from her eyes after an inmate in the program at the Al Cannon Detention Center thanked her for her guidance during a graduation ceremony from the program. They are committed to changing their futures, thanks to The Turning Leaf Project…