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7 Tips for finding a place to rent with a felony record

7 Tips for finding a place to rent with a felony record

August 25, 2021

Let’s face it: finding a place to rent when you have a felony record is difficult *understatement* and often discouraging.

 

Here are a few tips to help you navigate the process and find a place that you can call home.

 

  1. Be upfront about your past
  2. Write a letter explaining situation
  3. Talk to someone before submitting rental application
  4. If possible speak to the homeowner, and if not then speak to the property manager.
  5. Avoid HOA’s (because they suck)
  6. Save up 3 months of rent
  7. Reach out to your network

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How To Support Your Loved One When They Are Released From Prison

How To Support Your Loved One When They Are Released From Prison

May 31, 2021
Some advise on how to support your loved one as they build a meaningful and fulfilling life after prison.
 
1. Give them some space to adjust.
2. Understand their mindset by LISTENING.
3. Have an honest conversation about the past.
4. Support them in supporting themselves.
5. Set boundaries.
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Fighting Against Felony Disenfranchisement w/ John Fabricius

Fighting Against Felony Disenfranchisement w/ John Fabricius

May 17, 2021

John Fabricius and I discuss the impact that disenfranchisement laws have on people with a felony conviction and how his fight to change those law has given him purpose after prison.

 

ATAC: www.aztracco.com

ATAC Info: info@aztracco.com

AFSCAZ: www.afscarizona.org

ACLU: www.acluaz.org

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Navigating Relationships After Prison w/ Leah Farrington

Navigating Relationships After Prison w/ Leah Farrington

March 12, 2021

Leah Farrington was released from Perryville prison January 27, 2019. Since being released she enrolled in the Paralegal Studies Program at Yavapai College. In 2020 she was chosen as the face of Yavapai College, was chosen as Paralegal Student of the Year, and was awarded the President’s Award for Academic Excellence carrying a 4.0 GPA since enrolling. She will be graduating in May with honors and is enrolled at ASU starting in May for a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies.  Leah spends much of her time volunteering with the ACLU Smart Justice campaign and is a Smart Justice Leader and Super Volunteer with the organization. She also volunteers with Puente Human Rights Movement.  Leah is a Mama, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a student, an employee, a friend, and a feminist.

leahannfarrington@gmail.com

https://www.smartjusticeaz.org/

http://www.puenteaz.org/

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How to Get a College Degree Despite Having a Criminal History w/ Zach Stout

How to Get a College Degree Despite Having a Criminal History w/ Zach Stout

January 25, 2021
Zach Stout is a first-generation college graduate. After being incarcerated for 2.5 years, he overcame the numerous structural barriers in place for those impacted by the legal system, to receive his BA in Economics, Philosophy, and PPEL (summa cum laude). Currently, he is in the first year of a dual master’s program:  Master of Public Policy, and Master of Legal Studies (concentration Law and Economics). Mr. Stout is an advocate for criminal justice reform and is especially passionate about expanding access to higher education for those who are incarcerated. His advocacy has led him to push for change at the local, state, and national level. Upon completion of his graduate degrees, Zach plans to attend law school, earning his Juris Doctorate and continuing the fight for real reform.
 
He tells us some practical steps you can take to pursue a higher education despite having a criminal history.
 
Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
 
Apply to the P2P scholar program for free!
 
Zach's Email:
 

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How Creative Writing Leads to Freedom w/ Erec Toso

How Creative Writing Leads to Freedom w/ Erec Toso

December 14, 2020

Erec Toso directed prison writing workshops for ten years. He has taught writing at the University of Arizona for 25 years. His memoir, Zero at the Bone: Re-Writing Life After a Snakebite was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2007. He has published essays, poetry, and fiction in The Sun -- A Magazine of Ideas, Northern Lights, and other literary journals.

He is currently working on a book about the prison writing workshops and restoring a hundred-year-old house in central Tucson.

Creative writing stats (for the left-brained people)

Contact Erec at netoso@email.arizona.edu

Night Bloom: Composing Humanity in a Prison Writing Workshop

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Post-Prison PTSD and Healing from Trauma with Manny Mejias

Post-Prison PTSD and Healing from Trauma with Manny Mejias

November 23, 2020

After serving 20 years in prison Manny now serves as a Reentry Manager in Pima County’s Behavioral Health Unit. He uses his experience to help others navigate the challenges of re entering society after Incarceration and helps assure that community members with criminal justice experience have a voice in the county’s justice reform efforts.  

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Monday Nugget: The Magical Properties of A Dry-Erase Board

Monday Nugget: The Magical Properties of A Dry-Erase Board

November 9, 2020

Some news and how to make your dreams come true with a dry erase board.

 

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Be An Irresistible Hire with Federal Bonding and Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Be An Irresistible Hire with Federal Bonding and Work Opportunity Tax Credits

October 28, 2020

As someone who has just returned home from prison getting a job is not always easy. These two resources can give employers an incentive to hire you.

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

 

Federal Bonding

 

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Monday Nugget: Take Some Time To Unplug

Monday Nugget: Take Some Time To Unplug

October 26, 2020

Do you wake up and check your phone first thing? 

 

 

 

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