Kevin is nervous about taking his first flight since his release from San Quentin State Prison. (OWN)
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Formerly Incarcerated People Face Serious Challenges Trying to Create Better Lives

Getting out of jail is, for most, a clean slate. It’s chance to start over, to do good, to become someone who makes a mark on society. But, formerly incarcerated people face some serious challenges starting new lives outside the prison gates. What they don’t know is while they are ready to move on in life, […]

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New Docu-Series ‘Released’ Explores Challenges of Life After Incarceration

The concept was familiar and yet weird for many in the most recent episode of “Released”– seeing a black man leave the prison after long period of incarceration meet his family and friends before going on to face his new life. This entire episode was captured by a waiting camera crew for the television. It […]

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New Docuseries ‘Released’ Explains How Mass Incarceration Effects Black Families

Oprah Winfrey is illuminating the damaging aftermath of mass incarceration on Black families in a new OWN docuseries entitled, “Released.” She’s teamed up with ex-inmate Shaka Senghor, who became an author and motivational speaker after her own release from prison. The Team Behind the OWN Docuseries ‘Released’ The OWN docuseries revolves around six men and women who […]

Released is the ex-prisoner series by Shaka Senghor. It features the story of ex-inmate Shaka Senghor.
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Oprah Explains How Ex-Prisoner Series ‘Released’ Will Affect Ex-Convicts’ Lives

Oprah Winfrey is a bookworm. And her love for reading books has landed her on an ex-prisoner series by Shaka Senghor known as “Released.” The owner of OWN spent almost a year reading Shaka Senghor’s book: Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.   Senghor’s story touched Oprah so deep that […]

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Ending the Prison to Poverty Pipeline: Improving Families with Jails to Jobs Programs

Ex-convicts often find it very difficult to secure jobs. This difficulty in nailing a job forces them to return to a life of crime. The government however is determined to fight recidivism by providing jobs to ex-prisoners. And a lot of Jails to Jobs programs have been set up in this regard. New York City […]

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‘Released’ Brings Prison Families & Officials Together to Celebrate Hope (Video)

Just recently U.S. Attorney John Horn, Gov. Nathan Deal, and former inmates gathered to celebrate a documentary: Released: When Does The Sentence End? Also present were clergy, business and nonprofit heads who are working to assist in preparing inmates for jobs upon their release. All the stakeholders above were featured in the documentary: Released: When […]