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Part 1: Demetrius Washington Overcomes Obstacles to Create a Better Life After Incarceration

By Emily Hood, Executive Producer of FHNTodayTV
Published: December 18, 2019

Out of the many worries and reservations Demetrius Washington had when he was preparing to leave prison, he had one thing he was looking forward to. He wanted to eat. “I went to eat at some of the places that I hadn’t ate in years,” Washington said. “Man... Pizza Hut, KFC, soul food, a lot of pies and cakes and stuff.” After reuniting with his wife, Washington had the opportunity...

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Part 2: Collateral Consequences Affect Opportunities for Growth for Former Inmates

By Emily Hood, Executive Producer of FHNtodayTV
Published: December 18, 2019

Restitution.  Probation.  Subsistence. These things await those coming out of the criminal justice system, requiring participants to not only learn to navigate a changing world outside the prison walls, but the requirements to keep them there. “Minor stresses of having to make their own decisions and go out on their own time can can really mess with the guy's head and cause him...

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Part 3: Probation Officers Influence Clients by Giving Them Support and Resources

By Emily Hood, Executive Producer of FHNtodayTV
Published: December 18, 2019

 Some might say a probation officer's role is to monitor former inmates and send them back to prison when they have done something wrong. Federal Probation Officer and FHN parent Amy Higgins takes a different approach with her clients. “Some people who get out of prison look at the probation system as adversarial, like someone who's going to be checking up on you and trying to get you...

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Part 4: Connections to Success Provides Solutions to Those Struggling to Find Employment

By Emily Hood, Executive Producer of FHNtodayTV
Published: December 18, 2019

“Tell me about yourself.” Many who hear this in a job interview might find it easy to think of accomplishments and goals that an employer should know. For those who have been incarcerated, this phrase can be completely overwhelming. Connections to Success works to change that. “One of the things all of our participants learn and practice is a 30-second commercial,” Stacey McKnight,...

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