President Obama Granted Them Clemency. Help PNO Guide them Safely Home
President Obama granted sentence commutations (clemency) to 1,696 individuals incarcerated for drug offenses before leaving office. Some clemency recipients were released within months, amidst celebration and fanfare. But about 500 clemency recipients are still waiting to be released, many with little idea about how to return to communities that have changed or disappeared. They now face daunting challenges in reuniting with families, finding employment, accessing housing and simply adjusting to freedom. Incarcerated for at least ten years, and many much longer, they enter a world far different from the one they left.
We don’t want this last group of clemency recipients –almost one-third the total– to be forgotten.
PNO asks for your financial support so that we can assign Reentry Consultants to clemency recipients returning to locations in which PNO’s Reentry Consultants are able to provide advice and counsel. Our goal is to ensure the success of each clemency recipient’s transition to freedom.
Contributions by check should be made out to “Center for Community Alternatives” with a notation elsewhere on the check “For Project New Opportunity.” Mail to:
Linda Goodman, Finance Manager
Center for Community Alternatives
115 E. Jefferson Street – Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
For contributions via telephone, call the Syracuse office at (315) 422-5638 and press 0 and ask for Lashonda Bell. Let Lashonda know that the donation is in honor of PNO. She will then take the credit card information over the phone.
For contributions by credit card, go to Center for Community Alternatives website at: www.communityalternatives.org/help/contributions.html and follow these instructions:
1) Click on “Donate Now,” complete the information on the next page and check “Yes” at the bottom “Is this Donation In Honor of Or In Memory of an Individual?”
(IMPORTANT due to technical difficulties: If you do not see the “yes or no” options, maximize your screen. After you complete the form, if you do not see the “Make Donation” button, minimize the screen and then the “Make Donation” button should appear.)
2) On the next page “In Honor/ Memory Information,” click on “In Honor of” and enter “Project New Opportunity” on the top line as the “Individual’s name.”
The rest of the information on the “In Honor/ Memory Information” page may be completed at your option or left blank.
3) Click on “enter Credit Card Information” and complete the form as indicated
Donations are deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
Please accept the “Thanks” of two of Project New Opportunity’s clients, sent to their Reentry Consultants:
Sent two weeks before his release to a BOP halfway house by a 45 year old man who served 10 years in prison:
Thank you bro for always uplifting me and being that person that has overcome the STRUGGLE and doing good out there. You definitely are an inspiration to me and I look forward to this relationship furthering outside of these walls. It’s been tough over the years, but the people who love me the most have made it easier to deal with. God willing, my release date to [the halfway house] is Oct. 24th (2 weeks). I’ll be getting in contact with you once I’m there for sure. With good people like you and my wife behind me, things should be just find. Thanks for everything. the conversing alone has been very beneficial.
From a 65 year old man who had served 22 years, writing as his case with us was concluding:
Thanks to you and PNO for your assistance with my reentry process. I followed up on your leads and listened very carefully to the advice you offered. I now find it all to be rewarding. Just my conversation’s with you were valuable. Finding it relaxing and relatable due to like past experiences. I will encourage others to duplicate your discipline and follow the positive advice that [his two Reentry Consultants] and the PNO staff gives. I am grateful for the time offered to me. Keep up your good work in assisting others. I to volunteer some time to you in the near future. Sincerely!