TimeList Group’s Unique Approach to Rehab Keeps Parolees from Going Back
Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment
by Melissa Hellman
posted on "Yes! Magazine" August 4, 2016
On a weekend afternoon about seven years ago, Yusef Wiley scanned the dining hall of California’s Avenal State Prison. Inmates in powder-blue shirts and navy pants shuffled across the outdoor recreation area and past a set of large windows into his domestic-violence prevention class. Wiley, then also a prisoner, counted at least 40 men sidling up to the metal seats protruding from the dining tables.
“Who was incarcerated for domestic violence?” he asked the inmates. Nearly half of the room raised their hands. When he asked who…
Children of Prisoners Can Be Saved
by Francis Koster Ed. D.
I am often asked how I can be optimistic when I spend so much of my time studying problems facing society. The answer is that no matter how big or scary the problem, I can find someone, someplace, that has figured out a way to solve it in a manner the rest of society can imitate.
1 in 30 United States citizens has been found guilty of breaking some law, and are involved in some way such as probation or parole in our justice system as an offender. At any one time, 1 out of every 100 of our citizens [i] are in behind bars - the highest percentage of any nation in the world.[ii]
And according to the Department of Justice, these people behind bars have children just l…
Making America Safer, Salvaging Lives, and Lowering Taxes via Inmate Education
by Francis P. Koster, Ed. D.
As I try to show how we can create a better America by imitating success stories already in place, my focus tends to be on the things that I call basic life support systems - things like safe air, clean water, pure food, clean and secure energy, healthy educated populations, and public safety.
Some factoids that may startle you: America has the highest rates of imprisonment of any of the advanced societies in the world, with one out of every 100 of our adult citizens behind bars at any one time. i This is a higher ratio than Russia, and China!
The numbers are even more startling when you add in the number of offenders who are parol…
Using Known Science Could Save Kids and Taxpayers, and Reduce Teachers' Burdens
by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
It takes a lot of nutrition for a pregnant woman to grow a new living human being. If the right amounts of nutrition is not present in a pregnant woman's body, the baby often arrives with a brain that does not work right.
The number of broken brains in America’s children is huge and growing.
There are 62 million kids between the ages of 3 and 17 in the United States. Somewhere around 1 in 10 have mild to serious ADHD, another 1 in 10 have some form of dyslexia[4 and another 1 in 26 have a diagnosis of other learning disabilities. Additionally, 1 in 68 is affected by Autism.
Ask any soon-to…
Program for Former Prisoners and Recovering Substance Abusers Places 85% of its Graduates in Jobs
by Jonathan Kennedy
With an annual budget of $250,000 the Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) trains an annual average of 50 former prisoners, recovering drug addicts and other hard core unemployables, with astonishing success. While most people with this kind of life history would usually have a difficult time finding work, CCSC graduates enjoy an 85% employment rate, and a 6 month job retention rate of 86%. And during their training program they prepare 5000 meals for other social service programs each week!
The school trains these individuals for careers in the food service and hospitality industries while suppo…