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!
Find food, employment training, free stuff, housing, health care, family support, and nearly 15,000 resources and 400 reentry publications and links in our FREE
The RZero Solution resulted by compiling hard-won wisdom from those living through the difficult and often confusing experience of incarceration. FREE Resource Database! http://rzero.org/resource-database-2
A FREE national resource service available by phone or internet to help folks in need find resources they seek 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They list resources for food, shelter, employment, education, housing, mental and physical health, specific services for veterans, special needs and reentry, a safe path out of physical and/or emotional abuse. A service of United Way. www.211.org
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. Too many Americans are suffering, and they don’t need to. We created a social care network that connects people and programs – making it easy for people to find social services in their communities, for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts, and for customers to integrate social care into their work.
Need help with your computer skills? Learn
more about using your computer on our
Building Computer Skills page!
Keep your documents safe(ish) in the cloud!
Certificates of Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce
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.
Need more math skills? Concerned
about your grammar? Looking to
pick up more knowledge or skills?
Visit our Educate Yourself! page.
List of correspondence schools that offer paper-based formats:
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 can find more on the School of Life on the Educate Yourself page!
Our Reentry Packet is loaded with reentry information including tools and materials for building bridges of transformation and trust.
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/
A Self-Study/Workshop Guide for groups and individuals and we would like your input in order to create the most effective material.
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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
Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company. Ensure that the information on all of your credit reports is correct and up to date!
Wherever you are on your financial journey, you can prepare yourself to make informed financial decisions with these resources.
InCharge offers a free credit counseling service that provides help with budgeting, solutions for becoming debt free and tips to successfully manage your money. The goal of credit counseling is to provide a solution that helps you achieve debt relief and get on a financially healthy path. The service can be done over the phone or online.
* Lower your interest rates
* Reduce monthly payments
* Credit scores are not a factor
* Eliminate fees and over-limit charges
* Stop harassing calls from debt collectors
* Consolidate credit bills into one monthly payment
* Build a realistic budget and financial plan you can follow
Become a Member, It’s FREE!
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.
According to the ICAOS website: “The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision will guide the transfer of returning citizens in a manner that promotes effective supervision strategies consistent with public safety, accountability, and victims’ rights.”
Here are two documents that can help you get started:
We receive very little housing information, especially on a national scale. Recently, however, the two-part document came to us from a HUD representative. So began my attempt to connect you to HUD.
Since HUD does not offer any documents (that I could find) of their locations (the book does not even offer office locations, only links and email addresses) please ask your people outside to investigate further.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.,
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112
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. There are no longer any states with a lifetime voting ban!
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.
To find out more, please visit The Sentencing Project:
Collateral consequences are legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions that limit or prohibit people with criminal records from accessing employment, occupational licensing, housing, voting, education, and other opportunities.of a criminal conviction…. This state / national resource is now a project of the Council of State Governments.
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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/