Are you ready to get a fair shake? We exist to support your successful transition! Fair Shake is like a reentry hardware store: we have tools, resources and information to support you as you build your new life, including bridges of trust with your family, employers, property managers and the community.
Remember, many of America’s most highly treasured stories are those involving redemption and pulling ourselves out of tough situations to create meaningful and fulfilling lives. This can be your story!
For those of you who are currently incarcerated and are able to email us, you can request a reentry packet, ask questions or send comments and suggestions to checkin(at)fairshake(dot)net.
Find employment training, job opportunities, housing, health care, family support, and many more resources.
The Bureau of Prisons hotline offers information concerning many areas of reentry. The only requirement is to be a formerly incarcerated individual.Their operating hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. eastern time.
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There are many reasons you may wish to write to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to request relief. Perhaps you have very old parking tickets, or your license was suspended, et al. You may find some leniency from the DMV to help you drive again, especially to get to work. This form has been created by folks in the FCI Sandstone Career Resource Center and is meant to be used as a template or outline for you to use to create your own.
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The School of Life explores unconventional education to assist people in the quest for a more fulfilled life. Here are some topics we thought might interest you:
You have the right to Choose Your Perspective regardless of what you may encounter in life. For further insight and documents by other authors, view our Choose Your Perspective page at: https://www.fairshake.net/reentry-resources/choose-your-perspective/
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The veterans’ page was created to assist veterans who have been Incarcerated as well as their families. The programs and resources on this page can help reduce the pressures associated with reentry. Our hope is that you will find these resources helpful in providing relief as you face the challenges of finding and supporting an effective way of life after incarceration.Thank you for your service to our country.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of veterans during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services. The guide books below were created specifically to support you by applying considerations from your service life to your job seeking. Check in with your local TAP program to find out about jobs that are available near you. To locate your local support office, click on this link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vow/tap.asp
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Voting rights vary from state to state. In two states, Maine and Vermont, incarcerated people can vote in prison. In all other states people in prison lose their voting rights all together. Voting rights are automatically reinstated at various times throughout the completion of the sentence in most states but in 12 states (as of Feb 2016) formerly incarcerated people must appeal to the state to have their rights restored.
According to The Sentencing Project: Felony disenfranchisement (the loss of voting and other civil rights) is an obstacle to participation in democratic life which is exacerbated by racial disparities in the criminal justice system (and creates) a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Black Americans of voting age are four times more likely to lose their voting rights than the rest of the adult population, with one of every 13 black adults disenfranchised nationally. In three states – Florida (23 percent), Kentucky (22 percent), and Virginia (20 percent) – more than one in five black adults is disenfranchised.
Please read and share the Felony Disenfranchisement Primer created, and generously shared with us, by the Sentencing Project. To find out more, please visit The Sentencing Project:
We’ve created this page to showcase literary accomplishments of the incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated authors. In support of these individuals and all successful transitions, we have vetted and recommended the books on our Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Authors page at: https://www.fairshake.net/incarcerated-and-formerly-incarcerated-authors-page/
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HelpYourselfTherapy.com is a website that offers free, confidential, practical advice from a therapist. The Self-Therapy model is easy to understand and self-disclosure is never needed. Everything is completely confidential. Click on the link below to view the list of topics from the website.