According to Figueira-McDonough, one study indicated that about 840,000 people in the United States are homeless at any given point in time; 2.5 million to 3.5 million, including 1.35 million children, are homeless at some time within the course of a year. Homelessness is not new to our nation, and it has greatly increased over the past ten years. ( McDonough, 2007)For growing numbers of people, work provides little, if any, protection against homelessness. The existence of homeless people in our society is still evident today. You will witness homeless people struggling to survive everywhere, and anywhere you look around. My section for this presentation was to do a research on ex- convicts that are homeless. Basically my slides will consist of the following; first I will show facts on how ex -convicts are treated, statistics and quotes. For instance, some ex-convicts cannot return home because offenders convicted of drug crimes are barred from public housing. Secondly, I will talk about the laws to help ex-convicts with different programs. For example, President Obama signed “The Second Chance Act” into law in 2008; which has supported funding prisoner reentry programs that transition prisoners back into society (Obama, 2010). Thirdly, I will concentrate in statistics of the lack of education and training they have on prisons, following my presentation with the diseases that ex- convicts are prone to get when they are homeless. Also, I will focus on surveys and studies where it shows the response of people regarding hiring an ex-convict. Last but not least I will show on my power point jobs where ex-convicts can and cannot work, as well as programs for ex-convicts where they can access to get any kind of assistance. Researching for this project wasn’t easy it was definitely a challenge. I can say that there was a lot of information to put on a presentation, but I found some highly important acts that I think the audience should be aware of. In regards to the jobs where ex-convicts can and cannot work I was able to get it from the National Institute of Justice. Also I found information on the White House web pages to show some laws that help ex-convicts. In addition, other sources I used were newspapers and ex- offenders’ organizations to support my main points. The outcome of this research is to show the audience that ex-convicts face a lot of difficulties when they get out of the prisons. As a result, I think there should be more programs and assistance for them to reunite into society without facing the stage of been homeless. Most of these ex-convicts suffered from lack of education as most of them joined jail at a young age. Therefore, when they get out of prison/jail they face the reality in which without any education or skills they are not able to get certain jobs, which means they don’t have money to afford a house. What I learned in this project is that when convicts are out of prison their whole life has changed dramatically and drastically. I believe that everybody deserves a second chance, just like President Obama signed a law to help those ex-convicts. The process and transition of leaving prison is not easy for ex-convicts. Actually, just by simply carrying the “ex-convict” as a label, most of the times they are automatically excluded in the society. The first priority for ex-convicts is to find employment as soon as possible even though is usually mandated as a parole requirement. Ex- offenders often require some flexibility in their jobs, in order to meet court ordered or parole mandates, such as drug counseling, and therapy, and to meet regularly with their parole officers. As for returning prisoners, they also enter a competitive labor market with a combination of literacy problems, limited skills, and limited experience. Therefore they have limited access to job offering career ladders, mobility, training, or a job security. The lowest paying, lowest skilled jobs are the easiest...
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McDonough, Figueira (2007) National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Homelessness in the United States.( citing from survey). Book. Social Work and Social Welfare. Pg. 214.
Quinlan, Lisa. (2005).Employment Information Handbook For Ex-Offenders. Retrieved from http://www.exoffender.org/up/docs/Exohandbook.pdf
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