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Every Sinner has a Future!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Activism | 0 comments

Every Sinner has a Future!

The issue of background checks came in my purview because I am an ex-offender (returned citizen). Matter of fact, a criminologist would coin me as a career criminal. That would be an inaccurate label, for I do not practice criminal acts anymore. The story about this change is in a little booklet I wrote entitled “A Changed Man” by Tony Brown. What caused the change after a life of crime? I met Jesus in a confinement cell. When I realized that my criminal lifestyle and my bad habits were just the tip of the iceberg of my sinful behavior toward...

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WITHOUT A MASK

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Anthony's Blog Posts (misc) | 0 comments

WITHOUT A MASK

By Anthony W. Brown The semantic shift of the word hypocrite has drastically changed from its original connotation 2,000 years ago. Today it is thought of as someone who does the opposite of what he or she says. In addition, a hypocrite can be viewed as one doing the same thing that he or she condemns. However, that was not the archaic meaning of the word. For example in the Greek or Aramaic, the word described a person who was not the person who they portrayed to be, hence, an actor. It is socially acceptable to play the role of an actor...

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Victory

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Sources & Information | 0 comments

Victory

“I remember Chaplain David Hendricks would always say “that when you know that you know!” The funny thing about that statement I’ve learned is that the KNOW is progressive. But I will share with you what I know today. When I first got released from prison in 2013, I believed everything would just fall into place. However, our wonderful and loving God allowed me to experience a thing or two. In fact, I had stumbled no, no, no, I jumped! If it were possible for me to fall away, I would have. Then, I went through a stage...

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Paying Ex-Gang Members To Go To College

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Sources & Information | 0 comments

Paying Ex-Gang Members To Go To College

On a Tuesday in late May, Antonio Franklin sits in a makeshift classroom in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, ten years to the day after he stepped foot inside Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk to serve nine years for aggravated assault against a cop. Pencil in hand, he looks on as instructor Ismail Abdurrashid fills a whiteboard with algebra equations. A year ago, Franklin left prison. Now, at 31, he’s brushing up on high-school-level math with about a dozen other classmates, preparing to attend Bunker Hill Community College...

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Connecticut law enforcement officials urge employers to consider ex-offenders

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Activism | 0 comments

Connecticut law enforcement officials urge employers to consider ex-offenders

NEW HAVEN >> It’s been just over two months since Patrick Mortley, 53, left prison for what he says will be the last time.In a matter of weeks since his release on Feb. 20, Mortley got a job as the safety officer on the Green, and he couldn’t be prouder.“It’s uplifting when I can walk someone to their car at night,” he said, adding that the same people he helps now may have been scared of him on the Green in the past. “When (someone) sees my uniform now, they feel safe,” he said. “Do you know what that feels like?” Mortley spoke on the...

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WORK OVER PRISON: ILLINOIS SHOULD EXPAND RECORD SEALING

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Activism | 0 comments

WORK OVER PRISON: ILLINOIS SHOULD EXPAND RECORD SEALING

Research shows that recidivism rates drop for ex-offenders who are able to find steady employment.More than 90 percent of employers in the U.S. conduct criminal background checks for some applicants, and more than 70 percent of employers conduct criminal background checks for all job applicants, according to a 2012 study from the National Consumer Law Center. Through this process, ex-offenders are often disqualified from job openings, even if they’re qualified for a position. And if ex-offenders can’t find work, they won’t be able to get back...

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More About Past & Future Corp

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Sources & Information | 0 comments

More About Past & Future Corp

My name is Anthony Brown, Founder of Past & Future Corp. We are a  startup (pre) nonprofit entity dedicated to helping ex-offenders (returning citizens) gain employment and become productive and valuable members of Florida’s Panhandle communities. But not only are returned citizens in our scope, we offer the same opportunities to veterans and those who desire to change his or her quality of living. We understand that navigating through the process of gaining skills outside of the traditional methods can be cumbersome, thus we will assist...

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When a Name Has Meaning

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Activism | 0 comments

When a Name Has Meaning

GUESS WHAT? I feel compelled to explain why I named the computer coding class Past & Future Corp. Awhile back I wrote an article titled, “Every Saint has a Past & Every Sinner has a Future” to pour out my heart on issues that are relevant to the area I reside–hoping to let those who can hear such a cry to respond. In other words, I am referring to the church. Indeed, there were responses that showed it hit home and there were responses that showed the opposite. But what compelled me to title the article  “Every Saint has a Past...

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Dallas nonprofit putting ex-offenders to work — but don’t call it charity

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Sources & Information | 0 comments

Dallas nonprofit putting ex-offenders to work — but don’t call it charity

Todd Fields stooped as he edged through the dark doorway of a little house deep in South Dallas that, not long ago, was abandoned. The towering former college basketball player greeted his construction foreman, Byron Rose, and his project manager, Martin Evans. “When [Evans] showed me the house, you wouldn’t want to step into the house because you might catch something,” Rose explained. “As you can see, we’re really getting into things.”  The room was stripped to bare boards and chipped paints. When...

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Recidivism drops, but so has ex-offenders’ employment rates

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Activism | 0 comments

Recidivism drops, but so has ex-offenders’ employment rates

BOSTON — Recidivism dropped slightly after the state banned employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal records but the employment rates of ex-offenders has also dropped since the legal reform was adopted, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston researchers. A new research report, presented Tuesday during a breakfast at the John Adams Courthouse, “has arrows that go in both directions” reflecting positive and negative trends, Judiciary Committee Co-Chairman Sen. Will Brownsberger said. “The...

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Michigan recidivism rate falls to 29.8 percent, among lowest in the nation

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Sources & Information | 0 comments

Michigan recidivism rate falls to 29.8 percent, among lowest in the nation

Lansing, Mich. – The number of Michigan offenders who relapse into criminal behavior after being released from prison has fallen to its second lowest level since the state began recording three-year re-incarceration rates.  Michigan’s recidivism rate, which measures the percentage of offenders who return to prison within three years, has dropped to 29.8 percent. This places Michigan among the top 10 states in the nation with the lowest recidivism rates. Offenders can be returned to prison for committing new crimes, or for violating the...

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