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Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Mayor Nutter yesterday named Ronald L. Cuie, released from prison four years ago after being convicted on aggravated assault and other charges, to lead his administration's efforts to help Philadelphia ex-offenders readapt to society."

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james Barber wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Mon, Feb 25 2008 1:30 AM

Only time will tell. I know from my personal experience nothing came from this program. I'm a first time offender who doesn't need to know how to interview, learn life skills , nor how to create something as simple as a resume. I was arrested for drug trafficking but was sentence to a incare program. Since I'v been home four years ago I managed to work as a Risk Analyst, while completing a trade along side of taking college classes working on my Bachlors. I recently was fired from my position becuase of my past. I need help. Can anyone point me in the direction of employment other then stocking a shelf or housekeeping.

Sakinah bint Hyman wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Thu, Feb 28 2008 7:55 AM

Dear Mr. Barber:

As a re-entry worker, I believe that anyone first or 100th offender can benefit from life skills training.  You may not need the very basics, but we can all use the information that will make us better.  As for your needs assessment, I believe that your have great potential, however just check your article and its many grammatical and spelling errors.  You do need help and you should not be ashamed but humbled to have any source of employment.  There is no shame in an honest living whatever the job title.  You have skills that should allow you to open your own business.  The re-entry program we have developed is making sure men and women draw on their entreprenuerial spirits and skills.  Encouraging them to take control of their own lives and financial situations.  

I pray you find humility along with much success in your second chance.  But brother trust me anyone can benefit from lifeskills training especially an ex-drug dealer.  We have to have lifeskills training to teach us how not to out slick ourselves; to teach us how to make do with a paycheck and not a package-OK!.  Plus these programs are excellent for networking.  

Hold on brother and pray the our Lord guides you to the right choices.

Stand Up!

Sakinah bint Hyman

Muslim Families Outside

(302) 507-8784

Jamie wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Fri, Feb 29 2008 2:57 PM

I know Ron Cuie from when he was a client of mine. I can't say anything specific because of confidentiality. (It was during the time when he was dealing with some of the problems mentioned in the article.)

I will say that I think Mayor Nutter made an excellent choice in picking Mr. Cuie for this office. He always demonstrated amazing initiative as a client.

As an ex-offender myself, I am always happy to see ex-offenders moving into positions where we can help each other. I think that it is a major mistake that many programs that claim to help ex-offenders refuse to hire them! I'm really glad that Mayor Nutter can see what an a great asset an ex-offender, such as Mr. Cuie, can be in this field!

Pamela M wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Mon, Mar 17 2008 4:08 PM

Good afternoon,

I've been searching the web for information regarding programs for ex-offenders.  My 22 yr old son will be released next week from a prison in DE where he served time for VOP.  He was told that he should leave DE and so, has decided that he wants to come live with me and his sister in Philadelphia, PA.  He was raised a to know wrong from right but as a teen and young adult aloowed himself to be "lead" and not a "leader" thereby, making "poor choices".  He's come to me (and his sister) hoping that we will give him another chance to prove he can make better choices than in the past and we have agreed to help him so long as he's truly sincere about this decision.  We've always been a close family and I believe his incarceration caused him to realize how important we are to him.

I'm looking for information regarding finding employment, education, housing and any other programs to provide him towards becoming independent and financially stable and keeping him from feeling he has to resort to negative activities.

Just the fact Mayor Nutter has taken the initiative to put this program in place and the decision to choose the person he did should give hope to anyone who has a criminal record.  I've been searching and searching and unless one networks with people who know people who know people...it's very difficult to find programs for ex-offenders.  It makes sense to me that this surely could be a step in the right direction towards keeping ex-offenders from the "revolving door" syndrome as I've heard it called in articles.

Please respond to pdm4real@yahoo.com.  Thank you.

Scott wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Wed, Mar 19 2008 6:42 AM

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Hannibal Askari-Porter wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Fri, Mar 28 2008 8:38 PM

Ex-Offender programs which lead to employment are long past due in Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter is on to something good, and should be given our support. However, I pray that he addresses ex-offender programs in Philadelphia that only service 'non-violent offenders.' A man or woman who have served their time should be given equal opportunity to gain decent employment. No ex-offender program should be geared just for so-called non-violent ex-offenders. Otherwise, this program have great potential to be a model for other states throughout this nation. The African community should especially be behind the Mayor's program for ex-offender's since it is our people who are overrepresented in the prisons and on some kind of probation/parole in Philadelphia.

Dots wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Mon, Apr 14 2008 9:24 AM

I applaud Mayor Nutter for his efforts to address the problems of ex offenders being given a chance to gain  equal opportunities through education.  I pray for all of us.   We all need to stand behind supporting this issue because without helping one another by giving everyone equal opportunities for employment,housing, training and basic life skills we will all be affected by the outcome of our society.   We're all in the same Village!

Elizabeth wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Thu, May 1 2008 3:29 PM

I hope this reentry program does right by it's clients and isn't just another program filled with titles and egos.  This population really needs help.  Mr. Cuie, please deliver.

Sherman wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Wed, May 28 2008 2:25 PM

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Seifuddin M.A. Simpson wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Fri, Jun 20 2008 8:10 PM

What is going on in Philadelphia is the example for all of America (and some think the World). Whenever someone is given a chance to change by a door being open, good things will come out of that door not being slammed in the person's face, knocking them on their buttock. Unfortunately, even though I graduated Magna *** Laude from Montgomery County Community College in 2003 and in 2006 from Villanova with a 2.91 G.P.A., I have been unable to be helped by the Philadelphia's Reentry Program because they are curtailing their resources only to assist Philadelphia residents. I work in Philadelphia and live Chester and this still is not enough to gain their assistance. However, there focus is making the World a better place for me to work in, even though I am not being directly assisted. Only because I am an Ex-Offender, I'm presently forced to work for $10 an hour, under the table part-time for 21 hours a week. Yes, with two college degrees, I only bring home $210 a week. My lack of financial success is why so many others are not ready to go to school or change. The good thing is I have not let this deter me and I continue to look for a better opportunity and the day when I am give a "Second-Chance" and not disenfranchised from the working world and the benefits our our American Society

Wayne wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Fri, Jun 20 2008 8:13 PM

I been in the reentry program for about a year and some months now and i have not found employment yet. I applied my self in all the right ways after coming home from federal detention center. Like what else to do but to support my two kids and wife but i can't cause i have not had a second chance to do that. I'm 22 yrs old, just got my diploma,also my wife, live on welfare checks and my son ssi. I want better and a change for my self and family. Never will i go back but if i have to ..... when i go i know that i WILL MAKE SURE THAT WHEN I LEAVE AGAIN THAT THEY WILL BE COMFORTABLE BY ANY MEANS

Barbara C wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Tue, Jul 15 2008 8:13 AM

This article is great.  I happen to view it due to the most recent legal problem my family has experienced.  We basically are humble hard working people and  we are currently dealing with one of my neices being sentence to one year on a robbery and conspiracy charge.  She was a senior in Temple and now she is a prisoner in Muncy, the reason she is in Muncy is due to the fact the judge did not want to chance her getting out if County Prison for over-crowding before her year is up.    I just wish I had someone to talk to about all of this and what can she do to continue to strive in the right direction and get her degree and become a productive member of society, I am just concerned that since she is a 1st time offender, and the circumstance around the case were crazy from the begining ending with the Judge changing and the lawyer being fired from a prominent law firm.... I can be reached at taffy816@hotmail.com Thank you for hearing me out and having this article on line.

Hakeem wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Sat, Jul 26 2008 3:45 AM

the philly reentry program is not mayor nutter's baby, it has been around for a minute and i graduated from the program in 2007, it took some time but i have been working now over a year in the job the program assisted me to get.  I cant speak for this Mr. Cuie dude, but dont neglect the fact that i know over 400 ex-offenders have graduated and gotten jobs through the program before mayor nutter in 2007, NOW, i thank mayor nutter for keeping and intensifying the program to be more effective but kudos to the previous workers and staff in 2007.  Holla at them for there work.

Neeka wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Thu, Jul 31 2008 3:57 PM

Good Evening

I am happy mayor nutter did make this program. I have my older brother coming out of prison in november. He needs a second chance. My big brother did his time. What he did do was be a man about the situation. Thats why I am proud of him. I don't care what it takes my brother will be okay. I know one thing he won't be back in prison. Please if someone have any info about ex-offender job placement please e-mail me.

Thank you

Clerkpah@hotmail.com

Stephanie S. wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Wed, Oct 1 2008 5:11 PM

I think this is a wonderful incentive to bring people who have been incarcerated back into society.  In general, nonviolent offenders should absolutely get a second chance, but if there is a chance of someone who has a charge of aggravated assault or other such "violent" charges and after much rehabilitation (including, but not limited to, Anger Management workshops while incarcerated), they are also an added plus to society.  Their learning and their experience only enhances others acknowledgement to their own short-comings.  My one question, while I'm at it, is there such a program in Philadelphia called "A Second Chance" for ex-offenders?  The only reason why I'm asking is, I met a young man who stated that he was affiliated with A Second Chance and would like to confirm that such an agency exists for ex-offenders.  It sounds good and definitely an added resource for re-entry programs in Philadelphia!  In regard to Barbara C. It's amazing that your niece is in Muncy.  Of all the places to send a young woman to, especially since she was trying to make something out of her life.  It amazes me that a judge can be so discriminating  and sanctimonious with a first time offender.  That environment in Muncy will not do her any good other than foster further indignation towards society that comes down hard on people who already have it hard.  It irritates me to no end when I hear of such a travesty!!!  What did the lawyer do or not do?  Was it a Public Defender Lawyer?  These are the questions I ask myself in reading your post.  A lawyers responsibility in representing a person is to measure the consequences of sending an individual either to prison or reporting probation and to stipulate some form of treatment while remaining in the community.  Why did this not happen?  Go to a legal service.  Perhaps The Homeless Advocacy Project can navigate you to some legal representation that is appropriate.  I'm not saying that your niece is homeless, but I have found the HAP team has always been helpful in navigating me to resources that have been beneficial.  

Al W wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Tue, Apr 27 2010 1:51 AM

Let me say this, while I think what Mayor Nutter did is a fine gesture, I have very little faith in this so called "ex-offnder ' program. True story, back in 1999 I caught a charge when I was about 31. It was for theft. I was convicted and given probation for a year but never went to prison. Gratnted, I have a degree in busness, I have excellent academic skills and speak 3 languages and so on , I cannot find suitable employment for someone of my calibur bc like the previous brother said, stocking shelves, and cleaning is for someone else. Ive never been to jail but yet all the good jobs and they grounded careers are closing the door in my face. Ive started 3 busnesses myself and sold them and moved on but that to takes finacial principals I cant get  my hands on right now. Back in 03 to 07 I actually lied on an app and was making 100 k + a year but they fond out about my arrest and let me go.....this is wearing me down and leaving me to try to come up with alternative ways to feed my family. Really, I dont need any more educational trainning at all. I have what it takes but nothing is happening for me. This part of the story is going to blow your mind.......I am an ex police officer who had 10 years exp behind me before the arrest. No wonder I was always treating everybody as an eual until the judge sentenced them. Somebody please tell me what I can do

LaRica wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Tue, Aug 17 2010 6:37 PM

Glad to join the dialogue. I teach inmates on State Road and am encouraged by their willingness to try living a legit lifestyle. Many of them are young and will not see state time (thankfully). I have heard great things about National Comprehensive Center for Fathers as far as help with employment. They are a great program. I met with some of the men who run it and they are hands on, they even make sure the men have hair cuts and a new suit for the interviews that they help them to get. As I teach my students, be prepared to stand on your own. The system is overwhelmed so you have to be willing to pay the price for your own success. That may mean being very frugal while you receive more education and/or putting in 40 hours a week searching for work. Use every resource you can, attend networking events, find ways to casually bring up work to others you are having conversation with, without asking them to float your resume. Visit churches etc. It can be done. Also, check out David Koch's book Slaying the Dragon, he served fed and state time and is a very wealthy man as a result of returning to school, taking a cleaning job and later starting several successful businesses. Life is not over due to a poor decision or what ever got you booked, you just have to redefine how you play the game (of life that is). All the best. Glad the Mayor is keeping his word on this issue. The city needs help and foot soldiers like myself need more resources that actually get results and lucritive employment is usually the most desired result. We need fewer of the b.s. "training" programs ran by those looking for grant money and shorting those students who thought they were gaining a new skill and employment placement!

Allison Moore wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Fri, Sep 10 2010 11:44 AM

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Ronita Jones wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Thu, Oct 7 2010 7:14 PM

I think that what the Mayor is doing is a wonderful thing but some of the programs he offers,ex-offenders  have already been through during their incarceration. The reason i say this is because i did them. I have certificates in lifeskills, resume writing, etc...I submited an application to Impact and to no avail. I've been home in Philadelphia since April and i'm currently unemployed. I had a job with ABM who in fact hires ex-offenders and they manage to find a way to get rid of me before my 90 days was up. I show my PO the paperwork they gave me on why i was let go and he even said i need to find a lawyer. I tired but i haven't been able 2 find one that will even look into the matter. If anyone has any job leads or info on a lawyer who may be able to help me please e-mail me at blessed4021@yahoo.com

dereak nobles wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Mon, Oct 18 2010 11:53 AM

i am a 44 year old exoffender i do agree with getting life skils and futhering your education,but when you have a wife and three kids,rent,and other bills you need a pay check,as and exoffender i cant get a job,i dont agree with hustle but i understand why , i believe thats why crime is going up,you are seeing a lot of bank robberies,because people dont have a choice,with this economy and exoffeder we cant eat.

james barber wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Thu, Dec 2 2010 1:03 PM

I wrote and expressed myself in 2008. I still have the same views as I expressed. These programs are geared to keep the circle of furstration ongoing. I had to force my way by networking , working temp jobs until my past caught up with me. I started my own business, and recently hired 8 people that will start this Jan. Please note for the record I rather work for somone else I don't running my own ship, but i have a child. I'm a single father of one , I have house and car and with those responsibilites comes bills. I'm still looking for help. I want to work any ssuggestions my office number is 1-800-978-1275 ext.8

James Goldwire wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Sun, Jan 9 2011 12:02 PM

I've been home for 19 days and it hurts more because my son, his mom, and her family is really my support system but I need to work . I can't help and it hurts I have job skills a few certificates and a fast leaner. But all I got  was well we'll get back to you, I've made some mistake in my life I sold drugs not proud of it. But you live, learn, and grow from your mistake. Ex-offender have a bonding program that help employers to help those that are in need for work. they'll pay them, man I don't  care if the job is cleaning hotel toilets, carring bricks, or another fast food job. Hey as a matter of fact let me get the job of cleaning those allyways, I'll do it for minimum wages and it'll help me give back to the community and it will not cost the city millions of dollar's. Cause how will we succeed in life if no one will give us the chance. Thank you  please help.      

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right for me and my family.

James Goldwire wrote re: Philadelphia Mayor Hires Ex-offender to Direct Reentry Program
on Sun, Jan 9 2011 12:05 PM

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