Securus Inmate Telephone Transition

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The transition to the new provider of inmate telephone services for the Connecticut Department of Correction, Securus will take place on Monday, June 11, 2012.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Updated 12:41 p.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011

 
Ex-inmatee from Virginia Prison System working at job found thru a prison reentry program
In this July 27, 2011 photo, Michael Frasier transports bags of ice at his job in New Haven, Conn. Frasier, who has been in and out of prison most of his adult life, found employment with help of a prison re-entry program in New Haven. (Jessica Hill / AP)
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Stephen Polifka Jr. showed up recently at City Hall in New Haven desperate to find work.

    "Where should I hang myself?," he said as he sat down to meet with Tirzah Kemp, a city official who helps former prisoners. "I get so frustrated I want to give up."

    "I want you to take a deep breath," Kemp said.

    Polifka, 46, a carpenter released from prison in 2009, is struggling to find work in a poor economy with a felony criminal record for drug possession. He's staying at a 90-day shelter, surviving on food stamps; he fears returning to drug-ridden streets.

    New Haven shares his fears and is among a growing number of cities, states and community groups stepping up efforts to reintegrate newly released prisoners before they commit new crimes. The 2008 federal Second Chance Act has helped fund about 250 prison re-entry programs around the country aimed at reducing recidivism by helping former prisoners.

    Published in Prisoner Support