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State of Georgia TOPPSTEP Program - ex offender and re-entry program

Ex-Offender and re-entry to society

Judy McBride

on 7 June 2013

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Transcript of State of Georgia TOPPSTEP Program - ex offender and re-entry program

The Offender Parolee Probationer
State Training Employment Program TOPPSTEP Georgia Department
of Labor WOTC Ex offenders & re-entry to society ... TOPPSTEP 67% are
after three
years (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr success
upon release And 26%
return with a
new conviction * About 75% of all employers in georgia
say that they will not hire a ex convict.
which leads to higher recidivism rates.
* Statistics have shown that ex convicts
who are employed at a steady job greatly
reduces recidvism rates.
* This goes to show that not only do
ex convicts have potential to change, but
that they are not even given a chance to do
so by society and employers. Coast and expenses on incarceration

* In 2006-2007 georgia spent $1,192,065,100 on
Locking people up.
* And only $41,082,900 on education.
* 49 states have $100,000,000 to share for ex-
offender programs. That breaks down to little over 2
million $$ for each state.
* Its estimated that around 300,000 people nationswide
are placed into jail each year and released, And this does not include the number of people put in federal prisons.So between prison and jail an estimated 650,000 + people will be released into society with very few work ethics, mental illness, and many other problem.
* What do you think about those numbers? something
wrong with that?? And do you think 2,000,000$ is enough funds to treat these prisoners? * It has been shown that U.S incarcerates more people than any other nation.
*In 2002 we imprisoned people at a rate of 701 per 100,00 people. While majority of europe is less then 150 per 100,000 people.
* And 95% of the people incarcerated in the U.S will be released at somepoint on parole/probation or community supervision. * A lot of people released from prison
are not properly treated for mental
illness and are released into society
not properly medicated.
* It goes to show that if we give these
prisoners more resources in and out of
prison we can get incarceration coasts,
and drop recidivism rates The label ex-offender sometimes carries a life sentence once being released from prison. Society often views ex-offenders still as criminals.
While some restrictions seem fit towards the conditions of being released from prison, some seem like a harsher punishment.
The Higher Education Act of 1998, states that if convicted of a felony/pled guilty to a felony you cannot apply for government grants, loans, work study programs. Lowering the chance for a felon who wants to further there education and provide a better future for themselves a lower chance of success.
Sometimes they may have certain restrictions on possessing certain licenses in order to get a certain employment.
Millions of ex-offenders are denied the chance to vote, while some states wont allow ex-offenders the right to vote while on probation or parole. About 14 states prohibit some or all ex-offenders the right to vote.
Ex offenders are also denied public housing and certain federally funded programs. Some programs that help
ex-offenders in order to become successful

The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employment Program (TOPPSTEP)
The Federal Bonding Program
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Georgia's TOPPSTEP program helps ex-offenders find stable employment, and provide them with the tools they need in order to be successful in society and to reduce their chances of returning to prison.

“Our vision is that every offender released from prison will be prepared to
be successful on parole. We will reduce the return of parolees to prison and we
will reduce crime. In simple terms, to be successful, parolees need a job, a decent
place to live and support services when they get out.” The Federal Bonding Program established by the U.S. Department of Labor in 1966 provides protection bonds for employers that hire "at risk" and potentially untrustworthy workers in no cost to job seekers or employers, that covers the first six months of employment. 97% 86% 63% 57% 2.5% 6.9% Quiz:
What percent of ex-offenders go back to prison within 3 years?
In Georgia what percent of employers wont employ ex cons?
T or F The rate of ex cons with steady employment increases recidivism?
T or F: 40% of those ex offenders return with a new conviction?
T or F: The U.S. has the highest rate of imprisoned persons?
T or F: In 2002 we imprisoned people at a rate of 250 per 100,000 people?
T or F: The Higher Education Act was established in 1998?
T or F: The Federal Bonding Program was established in 1966?
T or F: The TOUCH programs mission is to walk around dancing in public?
What does TOPPSTEP stand for? *Georgia spends and average of $32,000 to
lock someone up for a year.
* If we offer ex convicts more resource for jobs rehab and other programs, we could possi-
bly drop recidivism rates by 15% and save $200,000,000 a year.
*All told, the 50 states and the federal government spend $69 billion a year to house two million prisoners,
If we spend just a fraction of that towards rehabilitating these prisoners we could save serious money and give excons and people facing prison time a chance to get sober, a chance to get some education, and live as a normal citizen. Why the increase in incarceration?

* In the past 20 years incarceration has grown 400% and alot of that is 1. the war on drugs, I couldnt even guess how much a year we spend on the war on drugs, to be honest i would rather not no. Does anyone think this war on drugs is been a succes?
* Another reason is truth and sentancing laws. Which requires the prisoners to serve more of there minimium sentance. basically eliminates there good time. So in Conclusion we have shown alot of
statistics and money spent to show and tell everyone how much of a problem these excons face upon release, from carrying a life sentance of being judged, denied opportunities, and many other problems. If society did not label these ex cons and give them an opportunity to change and become a law abiding citizen it would help out recidivism rates dramatically and who knows it might even give our economy a boost. Federal Bonding The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employment Program (TOPPSTEP) is a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Labor, The Georgia Department of Corrections and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, to assist rehabilitated offenders in obtaining and maintaining employment upon release from prison and probation. Through TOPPSTEP these agencies hope to achieve the goal of seeing every parolee and probationer gainfully employed and self-sufficient.
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