Chains of Change, The Felon’s Guide to Freedom by J. M. Wieland
*The updated version of this book can be found at Getting Out: success after incarceration.
Estimates put the total felon population, those in and out of prison, at roughly 20 million. A felony conviction restricts a person’s ability to find decent housing, secure employment and a beneficial social standing. Along with these restrictions is the increased chance of re-offending due to the lack of resources available to offer felons help. Chains of Change is dedicated to providing the general path of success many people have taken in order to improve their lives. It is written from the perspective of a convicted felon, J. M. Wieland, to offer help for other convicted felons and their friends and family. This guide focuses on simple and straightforward advice to help felons get back on their feet and deal with the public sigma of “criminal.”
Nomad Books, 2016
# of Pages: 124
Letter from Senator Jeff Flake (R)-AZ
Dear Mr. Wieland:
Thank you for contacting me about S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.
As you know, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S. 2123 on October 1, 2015. This legislation would allow judges greater discretion in applying mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent drug-related offenses. In so doing, this bill aims to reduce the costs associated with housing federal inmates by focusing limited resources on the most serious offenders. While S. 2123 would not repeal any mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, it would reduce mandatory minimums for certain offenses. In addition, it would retroactively apply such reductions, after a court considers the violence of the crime, the extent of the defendant's cooperation, and the defendant's criminal history. These considerations would take place in a proceeding subject to the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
I am a cosponsor of S. 2123, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where it is pending further consideration.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at flake.senate.gov.
United States Senator