A Criminal Past Doesn't Shut the Door To Higher Education
March 10, 2010 - 4:45pm

by Luke Thomsen, former A.C.I inmate, current RIC student

The stigma of being a convicted felon can make the prospect of higher education seem like a far-off dream, something too lofty to even consider. Well, I am here to tell you it isn’t so! It’s never too late to enhance your education, and the roadblocks are surprisingly few. There are numerous resources for people struggling financially, and most schools are just waiting for you to call.

Employment Program Graduates Find Jobs Despite Recession
March 10, 2010 - 4:41pm

by Jesse Capece

The Employment Program at OpenDoors began in the first week of May in 2009.  In its new format the Employment Program offers a number of seminars and workshops designed to give formerly incarcerated men and women the tools, tips, skills, and knowledge that they need in order to be able secure employment.  The seminars and workshops are held over the course of four separate days.

OpenDoors Secures Financing for Supportive Housing Project
March 10, 2010 - 4:37pm

by Annelise Grimm

With support from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, OpenDoors Housing LLC has purchased a building at 485 Plainfield Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence to be converted to subsidized green section 8 housing units. Upon completion, the building will provide housing for clients, as well as program and office space.

Projo: Senate panel may urge decriminalizing marijuana possession
March 4, 2010 - 10:29am

01:00 AM EST on Monday, March 1, 2010

By KATHERINE GREGG
Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE — When it wraps up its 3 1/2-month inquiry later this week, a Senate panel is expected to recommend decriminalizing possession of relatively small amounts of marijuana.

Projo Editorial Board: Decriminalize pot
February 9, 2010 - 11:01am

Tues Feb. 9, 2010

Projo Editorial Board:

Unregulated sober houses are a vital resource
February 8, 2010 - 3:55pm

Projo: Sunday, February 7, 2010

By Tom Mooney Journal Staff Writer


Tami Jarvis, 35, a recovering heroin addict, has lived at Miracle House since October. “I want to get my life back,” she says.

 The Providence Journal / Bob Thayer

Late day sunlight streams into the house that serves as Tami Jarvis’s oasis, when her cell phone starts ringing.

Projo: Measure would ease marijuana penalties
February 4, 2010 - 1:50pm

By Katherine Gregg

Journal State House Bureau

Nick Horton is a member of the Special Senate Commission studying the decriminalization of marijuana.

The Providence Journal / Connie Grosch

Duo Pushes Rhode Island to Decriminalize Pot
February 3, 2010 - 3:04pm

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal.

Drug arrest could set precedent in R.I. medical marijuana law
January 25, 2010 - 10:54am

This article demonstrates the huge resources that the state is willing to spend combatting marijuana use, even when the user is approved for medical marijuana.

 

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