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Going Home Hawaii board members and staff with Mayor Harry Kim and his proclamation declaring April 2019 as Second Chance Month in the County of Hawaii. (Courtesy photo/Going Home Hawaii)
Free Waimea Home
Minoo Elison, principal broker/owner of Connect Hawaii, will sponsor a free Waimea home-buyers workshop, 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Mana Christian Ohana Annex 67-1182 Lindsey Road, Kamuela. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The workshop educates attendees on the steps of the home buying process so they are empowered to make good decisions and have a positive experience. This workshop is part of an ongoing real estate education series. Register at www.greenvelope.com/event/waimeahomebuyersworkshop.
Elison plans to offer additional workshops in the next two months, including a Seller’s Workshop April 27 and a Landlord Workshop on May 11. Both events will be held at Suite Possibilities Conference Room, 75-5915 Walua Road, Kailua-Kona.
Going Home Hawaii celebrates National Second Chance Month, which takes place throughout April. The Second Chance Act of 2008 works to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning to the community from incarceration across the country.
During Second Chance Month, the Hawaiii Island Going Home Consortium — a community-based group of over 30 nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based groups, businesses, service providers, and community members islandwide who collaborate to help justice-involved Hawaii Island men, women, and youth reintegrate into community life through employment, training, and supportive services — raises awareness of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction and promotes second-chance opportunities for individuals coming out of incarceration to become law-abiding, contributing citizens.
It costs $182 a day or $5,460 a month to house an inmate in Hawaii versus about $500 a month in Going Home Hawaii’s reentry program.
Affording those who have been held accountable for their crimes an opportunity to become contributing members of society is a critical element of criminal justice that can reduce our crime rates and prison populations, decrease burdens to the American taxpayer, and make communities safer.
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