• 02:00

    Life Without Parole - Is Marriage a Life or Death Sentence?

    in Relationships

    Here from The Smith's - Edward & Debbie Smith. To learn more about the Smith's and their programs visit their website.


  • 02:17

    David Koch Advises Parolees on Successful Re-entry

    in Politics Progressive

    Dave Koch, a man who experienced unprecedented success after parole, joins "Human Rights for Prisoners March" to talk about how to make a successful re-entry or "slay the dragon" in whatever listeners face. Koch did it! Call-in at (347)857-3293. Visit Koch's website, "Self Reinvention" http://www.selfreinvention.org

    Koch served sentences of 18 mo. to 5 yrs. in federal and state prisons, then went on to become a pilot. Later he was co-founder, president, CEO and chairman of the 68th fastest growing company in America - Fiber Network Solutions. Koch's company helped build the infrastructure of the Internet in North America. Koch authored "Slaying the Dragon," a book to inspire us all to overcome obstacles in our lives. Even released prisoners like himself can make it to the ivory tower.

    "Don't tell me that you can't have a great life after serving time in prison! It requires work, and just don't quit!" ~Dave Koch

    "The Urban News" published an article in 2009 about Koch, ex-con who became highly successful, called "Ex-Con Turned CEO Declares: 'Accept Self-Blame and Re-Invent Yourself!'"

    "Slaying the Dragon" at Amazon

    For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. ~Prov. 23:7

    A lazy man says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” ~Pv. 26:13

  • 00:44

    Human Rights for Prisoners March, Shannon Smith's Dream on MLK Day: SB260

    in Politics Progressive

    JUVENILE JUSTICE -- January 19, 2015 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He said, "All we say to America is, 'Be true to what you said on paper.'" Join us at 9pm PST at (818) 572-2947  to discuss that, or listen via computer. The show will also be archived at Blogtalkradio for access 24/7. Many officials talk about prison reform and sentencing reform, and some introduce and pass new laws. But are these new laws actually going into EFFECT? "Not all the time," answered my guest for tonight, Laura Griffin-Smith. Her husband was arrested at age 15 and has been incarcerated for 19 years. Shannon Smith had hoped for release under SB-260, California's new law, but that did not happen.

    Smith completed numerous courses during his 19 years in prison. He is rehabilitated. His had employment waiting and a dear wife he has never known as a free man. Actually, he has never been a free man - He reached manhood behind bars. Shannon published a book called "Voiceless." Order a copy at
    See Voiceless Movement page at Facebook

    SB 260 went into effect in CA on January 1, 2014. Ideally, the new law gives a second chance to most people who were under 18 at the time of their crime and were tried and sentenced as adults. SB 260 holds young people responsible for the crimes they committed, but it recognizes that youths are different from adults and gives them a chance to demonstrate remorse and rehabilitation. SB 260 establishes a different parole criteria for people who did crimes as juveniles. Shannon seemed a likely candidate and allowed himself to dream, but his dreams were deferred.

  • 00:40

    Human Rights for Prisoners March: Successful Reentry vs. Recidivism

    in Politics Progressive

    Human Rights for Prisoners March, hosted by Mary Neal. 9pm Pacific Time. Call (818) 572-2947 to speak on air.

    Fighting mass incarceration must also include reducing recidivism. Prisoners face challenges being released from prison, including (a) the loss of good time programs, (b) unresponsive pardons and parole boards, (c) mandatory sentencing laws. Some released prisoners face tremendous challenges getting acclimated back into society, including (1) poor employment prospects, (2) lack of family and community support, and (3) expenses related to their release, i.e., ankle bracelets, probation fees. Ex-convicts who served sentences for certain offenses may be denied voting rights, and many are ineligible for government programs offering subsistence assistance and educational benefits. America's recidivism rate is over 65 percent. Recidivism is even higher among released inmates who have acute mental illness and were released from prison without arrangements for their continued psychiatric treatment.

    Human Rights for Prisoners March provides:

    Advocacy for adequate defense, fair trials, drug courts, mental health courts, post-conviction DNA tests, safe and humane incarceration, and successful re-entry.

    Advocacy against prisoner abuse, avoidable deaths caused by police and corrections officers, solitary confinement, children tried and sentenced as adults, criminalizing mental illness, inadequate health care, wrongful convictions, law of parties, three-strikes law, enforced prison labor, and capital punishment.

    Guests include people who have experienced, or who have specialized knowledge about, prison conditions and overuse of force by police or correctional officers, or any subject related to crime and punishment, including improvements proposed or realized.

  • 00:34

    2nd Chance for ex-offenders w/Vicki

    in Radio

    Vicki's radio broadcast provides an open forum discussing support services and real issues for individuals who have been arrested, convicted or incarcerated and trying to re-establish themselves in society with housing, career, family, community and church.

    Vicki Hallman-Bowman, a native Dallas Texan who retired from TDCJ Parole after working 32 years in case management and executive leadership, is now the Program manager for Oasis Center, a 5013C non-profit organization where she coordinates the collaboration and communication with partners who provide reentry supervision, programming, and treatment for the formerly incarcerated, the disenfranchised, and the vulnerable persons in Dallas county and surrounding areas. Her additional responsibilities also include the supervision of the case managers and the oversight of the case management process to include all facets of programming provided to the clients and their families.

    She served as Regional Director for the Parole Division in the North Texas area. Her tenure in this capacity allowed for her to manage the development, implementation, and planning of all parole related functions in this area.  She has been the instrumental force in developing programs for the 22,000 parolees that reported in her area.  Programs that were gender based, cognitive restructuring, cultural based life skills, anger management and other influential curriculums that have provided impact and as result has received many recognitions throughout the country

    In July of 2014, the History Makers proudly announced that her documentary has now been made a permanent part of the History Makers Collection at the Library of Congress. 

    She is the wife of Jeffery Bowman, a mother of three, Tiffini, Janelle, and Nickolas, a proud grandmother of three and the daughter of Bobbie and Curtis McCarty.  She is a member of Mt. Rose Church where Bishop Jeffery Thomas is the pastor.

  • 01:51

    Mary Diaz of Human Conflicts Org Demands More Pardons and Paroles in Florida

    in Politics Progressive

    On January 22, at 3pmEST, we present Mary Diaz on the "Huaman Rights Demand" radio broadcast. Mary is a prisoner activist who advocates for paroles and pardons. Tell us your opinion by calling (347)857-3293, or you can listen by computer live or hear the archived tape 24/7. Diaz is affiliated with "Human Conflicts," and "LET MY PEOPLE GO" is the motto. Mary lives in Florida, which had over 5,200 inmates who were parole eligible in 2014 but only released 18. Prison investors on Pardons and Parole Boards are a barrier to freedom for many rehabilitated inmates, I think. 

    Diaz said Alabama's Pardon and Parole Board has become a trendsetter for the rest of the country regarding releases. In Alabama during 2014, the Board considered 6,647 paroles, of which 2,237 were granted. The Board granted 657 pardons of 798 pardons heard and processed 522 voter rights restorations. That is real progress against mass incarceration. Some of the change may be credited to the ?Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit against the Alabama prison system.

    "Presently, Maynard Cooper & Gale is fighting a Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit that claims the health care provided to Alabama's inmates is inadequate and unconstitutional. Correctional health care firm Corizon is paying the firm to fight the lawsuit on behalf of the state due to a provision in its $224 million contract with the state. In total, the state has spent $1.86 million in taxpayer money to fight prison lawsuits in the past four years." reports AL(dot) com. That sum likely also includes a lawsuit by the ‎ACLU? for segregating inmates with HIV. Righteous lawsuits litigated in just courts matter.

    January is our month for new beginnings. We'll discuss pardons, paroles, and successful re-entry this month at Human Rights Demand and at National Network in Action (NNIA1). Please participate!

  • 01:37

    Empowering the Professionals to Esteem the Young Ones!

    in Parents

    This message is from my special guest speakers Diedra Bibbs web page "It's a New Thing Inc" and this will be the topic of our show Friday Nite ~

    Over the past 20 years there have been many efforts to reduce the high school dropout rate, reduce the turnover rate in social professions and corrections, increase employee morale, motivate managers, empower teachers and persuade Pastors to leave the confines of the church to reach the lost. Many of the efforts have failed. 

    It's A New Thing Inc. is the answer to "who encourages those that have the responsibility to encourage others and who motivates those society says are hopeless?"  Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Corrections/Probation/Parole Officers, Non-Profit personnel, Pastors and Ministers are among those that are in a position to encourage and influence those that are "at risk", underprivileged, disadvantaged and lost but they are also the ones that find themselves discouraged, drained and lacking motivation on a daily basis. If you continue to drive a car and never fill it up, it will stop running and you will end up stranded.  Working without enthusiasm, drive or passion is like being stranded for 8 to 10 hours daily.  Why not take the time to refuel your passion and  remember why you entered into your chosen profession? Don't give up on those that need encouragement nor on the profession you have been called to.  Teenagers that have been written off, seem to have lost their way or have taken a wrong turn need an up front, in your face, real talk type of motivation as well and Deidra Bibb has a proven method to turn them around.  So, join Diedra and I Friday nite at 9pm CT at www.blogtalkradio.com/ritahodges as we discuss motivation and self-esteem in order to help those in need. Call in live at 646-929-0421 to join into the studio live with your questions and concerns. See you there!

  • 00:52


    in The Bible

    Le Royaume de Dieu. Que faire pour être inclus dans le Royaume de Dieu ? Zacharie 14 :9 / Daniel 2 :44 / Apocalypse 11 :15 / Mathieu 3 :1-2 / Mathieu 4 :23 / Luc 9 :2. La nouvelle naissance c’est accepter Jésus-Christ en temps que son sauveur: Jean 3 :1-5 / Naître de nouveau : Mort de Jésus-Christ / Ensevelissement de Jésus-Christ / Résurrection de Jésus-Christ. Pour nous ça doit se faire spirituellement : Mort spirituelle = REPENTANCE / Ensevelissement spirituel = BAPTEME / Résurrection spirituelle = SAINT ESPRIT // 2Théssaloniciens 1 :7-8 Qu’est-ce que l’Evangile ? 1Corinthiens 15 :1-4 Comment acceptons-nous la mort de Jésus-Christ ? C’est une décision à prendre pour avoir une vie centrée sur la volonté de Jésus-Christ. Etre enseveli avec lui par le baptême Romains : 6 :4 La résurrection : Romains 8 :11 Père, Parole et Saint-Esprit  sont UN au ciel : 1 Jean 5 :7 Sang, Eau et Esprit sont UN sur la terre : 1 Jean 5 :8 Témoignages : Actes 2 :37-38 / Actes 8 :12-23 / Actes 10 :43-47 / Actes 19 :1-6 Que signifie être dans le royaume de Dieu ? Armageddon : Apocalypse 16 :12-16 / Zacharie 14 :2-4 / Zacharie 13 :6 / Zacharie 12 :10 Millenium Daniel 7 :9 / Daniel 7 :27 / Apocalypse 5 :9-10 / Zacharie 14 :9 Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec Israël ? Romains 11 :25-26 / Mathieu 19 :27-28 / Esaïe 2 :2-4 Pendant le Millenium, il y aura la paix et sécurité sur la terre Esaïe 11 :6-10 / Daniel 7 :11-12 / Ezéchiel 39 / Esaïe 65 :20 Après Millenium Apocalypse 20 :6-15 Après le jugement Ephésiens 3 :21

  • 00:30

    People who say "AA is spiritual not religious"! Brainwashing 101

    in Self Help

    Today is a short episode to discuss why so many poeple think and say " AA is spiritual, not religious". From 50 somethings at a party, to parole officers, to girl on the street on the promenode. In the making of my film The 13th Step I dug deep to uncover why I too said this too many times. I found out that this is not true and a very important part of the whole bad picture. AA is being used in our courts, against our 1st amendment rights, its being forced on Pilots and Doctors and Nurses. Even men and women who have served their time are being told they MUST go to a 12 step based rehabilitation when they leave prison. Yes...this is true....WHo is making all the money here. ...

    If over drinking is a behavior and or a sign of mental illnesses why would we use prayer to fix or heal these issues. And if it were a disease, which I dont beleive it is, why again would I "pray about it" and not go see a PhD or A Dr? Join me today for a 30 minute show. 



    in The Bible

    Lisons la Parole, rien que la Parole, et tourjours la Parole!



  • Debby Sapp Joins Human Rights for Prisoners March

    in Politics Progressive

    Friends, please join us Jan. 5, at 3:00pmEST when Debbie Sapp will be our special guest. Call (347) 857-3293 to speak on air about prisoner abuse and how to give Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.

    Debbie wrote: "My son John, a lifelong mentally ill man, obediently took the plea and ended up with 15 YEARS, with NO chance of parole! And, we’re not sure that he’ll even come home when his time is up, because the system is so corrupt that we fear they’ll put up infinite roadblocks. That’s one of the reasons he tried to kill himself – He sees no end in sight. 

    John needs proper mental health care for his bipolar disorder. John was first diagnosed as having mental illness at age 3 while we lived in Delaware. John was a special ed student since age 9. He was admitted to Terry Children's Psychiatric Center because of his aggressive and disruptive behavior. Two years later, John was doing well at school and on weekend visits and was released. Outpatient therapy continued. He did well for a while, then had trouble. He was admitted to Marine Bay Institute. John was in and out of different psychiatric facilities and programs for most of his life. With the help of Rangle Hill Treatment Facility, John was finally stabilized on Lithium and was able to maintain himself without hospitalization for a period of four years. John was even able to be self-sufficient throughout those years. He worked with a lawn care service, and he worked in an entertainment venue at night. Unfortunately, John was falsely accused of a crime and was incarcerated. The charges were eventually dismissed. However, during John's incarceration for six months, he was deprived of his psychiatric medication. This completely destabilized John, and he has never recovered."

    Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) programs restore many former inmates to wholesome lives.

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