Rafiki Bakari

Rafiki Bakari

Founder of the non-profit organization, ReEntry Outreach Incorporated.
LSW and LCDC-III in the State of Ohio.
Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University

My Recent Activity

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Arlin J. Wallace: If saying "giving" ex-offenders or the formerly incarcerated individuals an opportunity to earn a...

Arlin J. Wallace

I'm quite averse to the connotations of the word "give." It implies award as opposed to the ethic of "reward." Reward happens when an ex-offender leaves prison, determines within himself to betterment and self-sufficiency... Continue reading

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Arlin J. Wallace: Crime is crime, and reducing crime of any kind is a plus. Now, if the formerly incarcerated has...

Arlin J. Wallace

From my experience, ex-offenders (and criminals in general) are very entrepreneurial. When you think about the make up of that group, you see mostly non-violent drug offenders. Drug dealing is entrepreneurial, just on the... Continue reading

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Shelley Chernin: Yes Shelley. Owned and operated by the formerly incarcerated. Co-ops that are financed by...

Shelley Chernin

When you talk about a cooperative, are you thinking of a business that is owned and operated by a group of formerly incarcerated people? I think that's a terrific idea! I realize that this subject in not something to joke... Continue reading

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Shelley Chernin: Perhaps there is a political answer in which ODRC or the U. S. Larbor Department could create...

Shelley Chernin

Entrepreneurship sounds great, and I support any efforts to promote entrepreneurship. The reality is that ex-offenders face obstacles in starting up their own businesses that other don't face. The main obstacle, of course,... Continue reading

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Arlin J. Wallace: Yes, I would like that information. I would like to start a cooperative for the formerly...

Arlin J. Wallace

The grants and loans that would be the source of financing for ex-offenders are the same ones used by non-offenders. A bank doesn't ask if you are an ex-offender, they ask if you have a bankable plan and some collateral.... Continue reading

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Arlin J. Wallace: The State of Ohio need to make a law that prevent job and housing discrimination against...

Arlin J. Wallace

I agree 100%. If the state is going to incarcerate 100's of thousands of people under the guise of "rehabilitation" they need to provide the means to that rehabilitation. Education and job training fits that mandate.

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Mansfield Frazier: 'Man up"; I have an Associate in Human Services from Cuyahoga Community College, a Bachelor in...

Mansfield Frazier

As the level of educational attainment goes up recidivism goes down. We need to insist the state provides real educational opportunities of all kinds for prisoners, and then just as equally insist that prisoners avail... Continue reading

Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

I responded to Shelley Chernin: The formerly incarcerated individuals want jobs that pay a living wage. Most of these...

Shelley Chernin

Worthwhile as education and training are, unfortunately they won't solve this problem because far too many employers won't hire ex-offenders, no matter how well-qualified they are for a job. In this job market,... Continue reading

GCC - Criminal Justice Issue Action Team

I responded to Ari Lipman: The new Ohio sentencing law may save the state some money, but will it past the cost on to the...

Reentry or Recidivism

I want to stop the high rate of recidivism in the Glenville, Hough, Central, and Mount Pleasant communities. I want employment programs for the formerly incarcerated to be located in the communities where the individuals...

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