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Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

June 13th, 2019 Comments off

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MHProNews has periodically dipped into the topic of criminal justice reform, for a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, there have been numerous cases of over-sentencing.  But beyond that, there is a need for labor too.

Thanks to record high employment and low unemployment rates, the opportunity for those who have served their time to reintegrate into society with gainful employment has jumped.

When the White House sent the press release below, we knew we had to run with it over other closing stories that might have been run this evening.

 

 

Kim Kardashian West and President Trump highlight the power of criminal justice reform


Last December, President Donald J. Trump signed the First Step Act—the first major overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system in more than a decade.

For too long, our prison system has failed incarcerated Americans. Oversentencing kept many people behind bars for years after they’d paid their debts to society and were ready to rejoin and reinvest in their communities. Others left prison ill-equipped for employment and life on the outside. As a result, many succumbed to crime and re-imprisonment.
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In just four months after President Trump signed the First Step Act, more than 1,000 requests for a reduced sentence were granted. Soon, thousands more who were once subjected to unfair sentencing will get a second chance.

Today, the President discussed the next step in making justice reform a lasting success: empowering Americans to find jobs—and a purpose—after leaving prison. For former inmates, the difficulty of reentering society was often made even tougher because of scarce opportunities for employment. That needs to change.

“As a result of the booming economy, we are bringing Americans who have been on the sidelines back into the workforce—including former inmates,” President Trump said.

The Trump Administration is taking additional action to encourage U.S. companies to invest in “second chance” hiring. The Department of Labor, for example, will grant $2 million to States this month for bonds that incentivize businesses to hire and train former offenders.

That opportunity can begin while inmates are still completing their sentences. For those currently incarcerated, the Department of Education is expanding an initiative to make Pell Grants available for their education and training.

President Trump is helping all Americans earn a second chance.

Washington Examiner: Criminal justice reform is already working.

 

 

The governors leading the way on getting more Americans hired 

Earlier this year, the White House asked America’s governors to share their top priorities for 2019. Their answers echoed one of President Trump’s most important agenda items: workforce development for Americans of all stripes.

This afternoon, a bipartisan group of governors met with both President Trump and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to discuss clearing any obstacles standing in the way of true economic mobility for our workers.

 President Trump: “Tremendous progress” on fulfilling careers

These governors have been innovators in tackling that challenge, breaking down barriers such as restrictive occupational licensing, a lack of quality job training, and access to child care in their states. At the table today were Governors Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Brian Kemp (R-GA), David Ige (D-HI), Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Chris Sununu (R-NH), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Bill Lee (R-TN), and Mark Gordon (R-WY).

“One of the most rewarding things is to see people coming off the sidelines and back into the workforce,” Ivanka Trump said during today’s discussion. “Whether it’s criminal justice reform, second chance hiring, all the work we’re doing around skills training—employers are getting creative.”

The Pledge to America’s Workers: 9.8 million opportunities and climbing!

That’s today’s final installment of News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Criminal Justice Reform – Fact$ & Why it Matters to Manufactured Housing Professionals, Investors, and America

November 15th, 2018 Comments off


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Let’s start with some facts.

 

There’s a shortage of construction and other workers. 

That worker shortage impacts manufactured housing, and other builders too.  There is also the cost and consequences of incarceration. 

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According to Wikipedia,In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.”

 

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When did that surge in incarcerations begin?

According to Reason in a 2015 post, “…neoconservative academic John J. DiIulio Jr. warned Weekly Standard readers [in the 1990s] that “These monsters weren’t entirely inhuman. “Under some conditions,” DiIulio allowed, “they are affectionate and loyal to fellow gang members or relatives.” Though “not even moms or grandmoms are sacred to them.” 

All this fear-mongering would eventually be debunked. Over the next two decades juvenile crime, like crime in general, would sharply fall instead of surging. DiIulio himself eventually recanted the superpredator theory. But not before it was adopted by a number of prominent and powerful Americans, such as this woman,” said the libertarian-leaning Reason, which posted the following video. 

 

Rephrased, then First Lady Hillary Clinton made the remarks reflect in the video along with others in support of President Bill Clinton’s sentencing guidelines program.

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It was a Democratic administration that led the U.S. into the highest percentage of inmates in the world.  While there were voices on both sides of the aisle that wanted that, why is it that some Democrats try to make it sound like this was a conservative-created issue? That’s simply untrue. Without President Clinton’s buy-in and Hillary Clinton’s leadership and support for that cause, it would likely have died in Congress.

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Closed Minds?

There are regrettably millions of Americans who are reflexively anti-Trump.  But the 45th President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has worked with a bipartisan group to craft legislation that may well cross the finish line.  Who says?

Another left-of-center media outlet, USA Today.

 

President Trump Embraces Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Legislation 

The ‘First Step Act,’ developed by [Jared] Kushner and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is designed to improve rehabilitation programs for former prisoners and give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders for nonviolent crime, particularly drug offenders,” David Jackson, Deborah Barfield Berry, and John Fritze report,” said the USA Today. 

The industry and the nation can benefit from the right type of bill. 

MHProNews is not taking a position on the specifics of this legislation.  Rather, we are spotlighting it as one of several topics that a good post-production national association should be objectively paying attention to, and so should savvy manufactured housing professionals, owners, investors, and all others who care about people and justice. We also applaud those businesses that provide prudential second chances to those who want to start over after incarceration.  

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