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Thursday, July 05, 2012

911 and LeRoy Homer Jr....The Sin of Omission



How many knew about the black pilot who crashed his plane in Shanksville , PA Sept 11, 2001?

Maybe not his name or history, but just knew that the pilot was an educated black man who was married and a father. The short bio below will bring us all up to date as to who he was. We should all know and care!
LeRoy Homer, Jr.

In September, America marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11. A tragedy that seems as if it only happened a short while ago. One thing that some people might observe and question is what the impact of 9/11 was on African Americans who bravely gave their lives for our country. The majority of 9/11 media focus has been on white families and white children.

Leroy Wilton Homer Jr. was an African-American first officer operating the flight that tragically fell in an act of terrorism in Shanksville , PA on Sept. 11, 2001. Pilot Homer's plane was the 4th attacked that day.

The Long Island, New York native dreamed of flying as a child. He was only 15 years old when he started flight instruction in a Cessna 152. By the time he was 18, Homer had obtained his private pilot's license. That same year, he joined the Air Force and became a second lieutenant. He served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield and later supported efforts in Somalia . During his tenure, Homer was named the 21st Air Force Air Crew Instructor of the Year. Homer achieved the rank of captain before his honorable discharge from active duty in 1995.

For his actions on board Flight 93, Homer received many posthumous awards and citations, including honorary membership in the historic Tuskegee Airmen, the Congress Of Racial Equality's (CORE) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award and the Westchester County Trailblazer Award.

Ironically, Homer was depicted by a white actor in the film, United 93, the drama that told the story of the passengers and crew,
their families on the ground and the flight controllers on the day of the attacks.

Homer is survived by his wife, Melodie, and daughter, Laurel.  Time magazine last week published Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, a photo-rich commemorative edition dedicated to 9/11's tenth anniversary. No identifiable African Americans are pictured in its 64 pages.

America just does not get it. There are two kinds of sins: sins of omission and sins of commission. Let's acknowledge and honor LeRoy Homer, Jr. for outstanding accomplishments and heroic deeds. Let's not permit society to ignore this fallen hero. Please share this
message with your family and friends.



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Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, the Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project, and the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women
Although women account for a small percentage of the overall number of people incarcerated in the United States, the number of females in prisons and jails and under community supervision is growing at an alarming rate. As a result, criminal justice and service agencies are challenged to meet the complex needs of these women in order to help them lead successful lives when they return to their communities.
Please join us for a conversation about the current research and best practices related to the successful management and treatment of women in the criminal justice system. This webinar will present an overview of the research regarding women and the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on behavioral health. Discussion will also include gender-specific criminogenic risk and need assessment tools, as well as the importance of responsivity for females.
  • Rachelle Ramirez, Program Associate, Center for Effective Public Policy and the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women
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Ex-offenders and Reentry Advisory Committee Meeting

Congressman Danny K. Davis
7th District of Illinois
Ex-offender and Reentry
Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, July 16, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.

Hope Church, 5900 W. Iowa
All are welcome to discuss Policy, Programs and Advocacy to help individuals with Criminal Backgrounds to successfully reenter society.

For additional information, please RSVP to
Tumia Romero
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis
at 773-533-7520 or tumia.romero@mail.house.gov.
Ms. Tumia  (Tiama) Romero
Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis
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Closing Prisons' Revolving Door

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July 5, 2012

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In late May, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the opening remarks at the "Second Chances and Safer Communities Conference," highlighting the Department of Justice's (DOJ) desire to bring down recidivism rates and ease the reintegration process for convicted felons.
The DOJ asserts that smoothing the path to reentry will lower recidivism and help reduce overall crime rates. Roughly 40% of prisoners are reincarcerated within three years of release.
However, according to a 2009 study, young and or violent offenders who can remain arrest-free for eight years after release are no more likely to commit future offenses than members of the general public. This time frame drops to three to four years for older offenders.
 One possible strategy for lowering recidivism would be to eliminate state and federal regulations that inhibit employment of former offenders, even those who have remained arrest-free. Although research has not shown conclusively that such a strategy will in fact lower recidivism rates, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he will be consulting with State Attorneys General on reforming relevant statutes and that the federal government will be conducting its own review through a Federal Interagency Reentry Council.
In conjunction with Holder's conference speech, the DOJ also launched a "What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse," an online resource that provides access to comprehensive, user-friendly information about a wide array of reentry programs. The project was funded through the Second Chance Act, a 2008 law that makes available federal grants to government and nonprofit entities to provide housing, employment, and other services to previously incarcerated individuals in the hope of reducing recidivism.
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