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Every Saint has a Past and every Sinner has a Future!

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

Every Saint has a Past and 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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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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See Yourself Blessed!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Anthony's Blog Posts (misc) | 0 comments

See Yourself Blessed!

BLESSINGS, DREAMS, CURSES, ENEMIES, REBIRTH, & LIBERATION Let me make my case eye to eye although I know at times I will look to the hills. What a joy I get when I see someone grasp hold of understanding and knowledge. Especially so, if the grace is on them to share it correctly with others out of love. Two areas that stand out in my mind that I believe is of great importance. One is  as a believer rightfully dividing the word of Truth, and two is in the efforts being made to teach the underprivileged skills in relation to technology.  ...

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From Felon to PhD

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Activism | 0 comments

From Felon to PhD

Stanley Andrisse is a 33-year-old provost post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins, possessing both his MBA and PhD and participating in research about Diabetes, a disease that plagues millions, Andrisse is what most Americans would call extremely successful, and he is also an ex-felon. Andrisse was born in Ferguson, Missouri and first took an interest in the medical field while in prison. Stanley Andrisse. (Courtesy photo) “While I was away my father’s health started to plummet and his condition worsened pretty quickly…while I was still in...

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Should your criminal history be on job applications? Lawmaker says no

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Sources & Information | 0 comments

Should your criminal history be on job applications? Lawmaker says no

After joining a gang as a teenager, Wayne McMahon spent 25 years in and out of California prisons. Hearing that his nephew was headed down the same road finally gave McMahon, at the age of 45, the motivation three years ago to start changing his life. “You get to a certain age where you see that Mom and Dad were right most of the time,” he said. Step by step, McMahon is transitioning back into society – leaving his gang, attending rehab and paying restitution for his crimes – but steady work has eluded him. Despite looking for months, McMahon...

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