May 2017 Edition  
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Jeff Grant & Lynn Springer
Envisioning a First Chance Society - by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div & Sarah Diamond, PhD
Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities

Nobody knows the failures of our criminal justice system better than the individuals and families impacted by incarceration and the community-based organizations which serve them. Without the voices of people who have been most impacted by the system, and an in-depth understanding and valuing of their humanity and life experiences, our reform efforts are likely to continue to fall short. Drawing upon our many years of providing critical services in mental health, domestic violence prevention and reentry for thousands of individuals and families each year, Family ReEntry introduces the concept of a "First Chance Society" to contribute to the dialogue in Connecticut about reimagining our criminal justice system and towards building a social change movement. Click image for article.

Collaboration: The Prison Portal Project

Family ReEntry, Shared Studios, Connecticut State Department of Corrections and the City of Bridgeport are collaborating this summer to place the first portal in the country in a prison.

To view a video about this important new technology:
You can experience a portal with a live link to inside a Connecticut prison at the Governor's Reimagining Justice Conference in Hartford, June 14th & 15th, conference details below! 

President Barack Obama Using a Portal
Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room. Portals currently are placed at diverse locations including the Harsham Refugee IDP Camp in Erbil, the Tempelhof building in Berlin, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C, and the Gaza Sky Geeks tech incubator in Gaza City. Click image for article.

Guest Blog: A First 
Chance for Children to Thrive in a Healthy  
Home: Disrupting the Cycle of Violence 
By Rebecca Martorella
At Family ReEntry we are gathering and publishing experiences and stories of people whose families and communities could be immeasurably changed with access to first chance opportunities. Please consider participating by submitting a blog post or essay responding to the question, "What would a First Chance Society mean for you and your family?" Please click image to read Rebecca's essay and for submission details.
Radio Interview: Babz Rawls Ivy had Us Back on Her Show, WNHH 103.5 FM, New Haven, CT

We were delighted to be invited back to our good friend Babz's show, Love Talk, to discuss criminal justice in Connecticut, white-collar crime, and changing the world. Please click image to listen to program archived on SoundCloud.
      The Magnificent Babz Rawls Ivy 
Family ReEntry's Testimony on Criminal Justice Before 
the Connecticut State
Legislature Appropriations  

Public hearing held on Weds., Feb. 22, 2017 
"..As the state continues to garner cost savings from criminal justice reform measures, it would behoove the state legislature to maintain the state's investment in reentry services as part of justice reinvestment. Everyone will be the beneficiary from front-line investments that will help restore healthy families, increase public safety, rebuild our communities and continue to reduce our prison population..."  Click image for complete testimony.  
Event: We Will Be Leading a Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference, May 5, 2017. 1:30 - 3 pm. 

Please join us in Philadelphia as Jeffrey Abramowitz and I will be leading "You Got to Have Faith: An Inside Look at Reentry" at the 5th Annual Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Assn. Summit, held May 5-6, 2017. Click image for information and to register.
Event: Please join us as The Nantucket Project Presents "A Carnival of Curiosity." May 16th, Greenwich, CT   

TNP's The Illumination Tour is making a stop in Greenwich and it's a show like never before. Big ideas, big films, and big entertainment all under the Big Top.

Included in the evening are tours of the group exhibition, Animal Farm, at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center. 941 North Street, Greenwich, CT. Don't miss the magic - click image for tickets.  
Event: We Will Be Speaking at the TNP Library, Greenwich, CT Date TBA.

Jeff will be interviewed by Tom Scott, Chairman of The Nantucket Project 

Located at 123 Mason Street in downtown Greenwich, The Nantucket Project's TNP Library provides a second home for curious people to hear local and nationally known leaders speak, attend film screenings and readings, and network with each other throughout the year. Please click image for more information and to reserve a ticket. 
Event: We Will be Leading a Workshop at Simsbury Methodist Church, Sun., May 21, 2017

We are grateful to all at Simsbury Methodist Church for the opportunity to share a Ministry Moment at their 9 & 10:30 am services, and then lead a workshop at a noon luncheon. Please join us. 799 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT. Click image for details.
Event: Please join us at the Governor's Reimagining Justice Conference, Hartford, June 14th & 15th

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy are bringing together leading criminal justice professionals from across the country in Hartford, Connecticut for a national discussion on the human impact of crime and incarceration, including new approaches to juvenile and young adult offenders, pretrial justice, incarceration, and re-entry. Come visit the Family ReEntry booth located in the Exhibitors Hall and please take this opportunity to experience the portal that will be located directly outside the conference. Click image for information and tickets.  
Save the Date: We will be Speaking at TEDx Cheshire Correctional, Oct. 9th

This will be the first TEDx Conference to be held in a Connecticut State prison.  Click image for information.  
Our Contact Information:

Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
Executive Director,
Family ReEntry
(203) 290-0855
Founding Director, Progressive Prison Ministries
(203) 339-5887

Lynn Springer
Founding Advocate, Progressive Prison Ministries
(203) 536-5508