Tuesday, September 10, 2019


SMART RECOVERY 





     I am posting a few quick links for anyone who is interested to review.  Smart recovery is an evidence based recovery program and possibly a good alternative to AA/NA or I have even herd of people doing both. The program is NIDA approved and currently available in Oklahoma in 2 locations in the Edmond, Oklahoma area. AA/NA is a great program but we can always offer alternatives for those who need them!





STUDY ON SMART RECOVERY

Study on Religiosity and Smart Recovery

Smart Recovery Website

Smart Recovery Handbook

Smart Recovery Family/Friends Handbook

Powerless No Longer suggested reading

Monday, September 9, 2019

2nd Annual Prisoner Injustice Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol


Oklahoma prisoner Injustices, Journeys to Justice, and Shad Hagan-Criminal Justice Reform and solutions, are uniting for the 2nd Annual Prisoner Injustice rally! Tenative date Dec, 3rd 2020

It's time for ALL Oklahomans and ALL reform groups to show unity at the Capitol! If just one person per current or past inmate comes, we will overflow the Capitol...and we will be heard!

If you or your group want to be heard at the rally, send an email and include your story, name and phone number to:
oklahomaprisonerinjustices@yahoo.com
shad@shadhagan.org
or contact any of the three groups listed above! All groups are welcome to come and rally with us !!!

All three of the groups listed above can be found on Facebook.  If your group would like to join us please like or page and send us a message or send us an e-mail.

Anyone impacted whether it is a current inmate, ex-offender, rehabilitated offenders, family, friend, politician, or criminologist. Please let us know!!! Whatever the specific situation we all need to unite together!!!

More info coming soon!

Shad Hagan
Tina Goertz

Shad Hagan Criminal Justice Reform Facebook Page

Oklahoma Prisoner Injustices

Journeys to Justice

FaceBook Event

Tuesday, September 3, 2019



COCAA COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESMENT 

Dear Community Leaders, 

COCAA is conducting a Community Needs Assessment. Please see the web based LINK below. Please take a few minutes to answer just a few questions.
The data collected from this assessment is collected in a web base at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. We all can use the results to find GAPS of services and needs for numerous Counties.
LOGAN, LINCOLN, SEMINOLE, POTTAWATAMIE, CLEVELAND, AND PAYNE
We need to get feedback from residents through the Counties listed above. Could you please forward this email to any large groups that may have a few minutes to complete the survey???
Thank you in advance.

Shad Hagan , 
State Board of Directors (Payne County Board Member)
Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency

Clean Slate Bill PA
CLEAN SLATE BILL




     I want everyone to read this common sense legislation.  While we have made some improvements, clean slate legislation would improve opportunity for offenders, and make the legal process much simpler. 

     While people think about the offender just getting released, people fail to think about the consequences of a criminal record down the road in regards to education, employment, housing, and opportunity overall. 

     Ex-offenders who can earn more money will pay more taxes, and be less likely to end up back in the Criminal Justice System. Education is another important factor in re-integration, why would we not want people to be more educated and increase their earning potential. I also believe some ex-offenders could be useful to the justice system as consultants to combat crime in different areas. 

    How can we say we want Criminal Justice Reform, however we want to question you about your crime the rest of your life? Everyone who has engaged in criminal conduct is not "Evil". We cannot walk in another persons shoes. However, forcing people to open wounds over and over again prevents a person from healing. When do these people truly get to rejoin society???

Shad Hagan 


Education Approval for Felons

ADMISSIONS CLEARANCE


     I have recently encountered an odd request from Oklahoma State University.  Completion of a process known as admissions clearance.  It is a process of the Student Conduct Department to review any felony you have had in your lifetime. The department asks for quite a bit of information. If you are recently released you might possibly expect a request of this information.  The following is information from Oklahoma State Universities website.  

     
  • In cases of felony: A copy of the police affidavit, pre-sentence investigation report and final adjudication for all criminal charges. These are most often public court records that the applicant can obtain from his/her attorney or the Clerk of the Court.
  • In cases of felony: Complete the Previous Felony Admission Clearance Form.
  • A detailed written explanation describing the nature and specifics of the situation, and a narrative about the your status in relation to the situation at issue. This is your opportunity to tell us what happened in your own words, and explain what the status of this situation is now (e.g. are you on probation or parole, is the suspension current or expired, etc.).
  • A written description of any treatment, education or work experience you have had since the situation at issue, and documentation of all treatment and education.
  • At least one letter of reference from a professional source who has had frequent contact with you in the past three to six months (e.g., professor, supervisor, etc.). References from family members and friends do not qualify. (https://studentconduct.okstate.edu/clearance) 2019
     I have submitted what information I could obtain.  My felony is 10+ years old and non-violent.  I have held jobs of trust since I have been out of prison, so perhaps "Felon" is not the appropriate label the University should be looking to screen. I wonder if "registered Sex Offender or Violent Felony" would be a more appropriate screening process?  In addition is a Felony from 10 years ago with no subsequent felonies relevant?  I wonder if there should be a time limit?  The label felon is truly a lifetime sentence, not only in employment, but education as well. 

     I suppose since we have covered what the university asks we should also discuss the possible outcomes after a "Felon" submits this information for review. The following is from the Oklahoma State Universities website as well. 

Following a review of the submitted documentation, SCEA may conduct a criminal background check, schedule an interview, speak to probation and parole officers or Student Conduct officers, and undertake other action designed to illicit more information about the applicant and the situation at issue.
Result
Following the completion of the review, Student Conduct will issue one of three results:
  • The applicant is denied admission clearance and the application will not be considered further. The applicant may appeal this decision.
  • The applicant is granted outright admission clearance. The application will then be considered by Undergraduate Admission or the Graduate College for a final determination on the student's application, based on normal academic criteria.
  • The applicant is granted provisional clearance with conditions. The most common conditions of admission in these situations are conduct probation and a determination that the applicant not be permitted to reside in on-campus housing, though conditions are often specifically tailored to the applicant and the presenting situation. The application will then be considered by Undergraduate Admission or the Graduate College for a final determination on the student's application, based on normal academic criteria. If the student is admitted and chooses to enroll, they will be required to comply with all conditions specified.
Honesty During the Application Process
Be honest. Having a felony, suspension or expulsion on your record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration. However, submission of false information or withholding information at the time of application or admission or dishonesty with OSU staff may make an individual ineligible for admission to Oklahoma State University.
(https://studentconduct.okstate.edu/clearance) 2019
     I want to be completely clear that  I have never encountered this at Rose State College or Oklahoma City Community College.  If this was about a public safety issue it would be directed toward sex and violent offenses.  I will post an update what the outcome is. I did try to submit reference letters while in their office.  However the receptionist let me know the letter from their staff and one from alumni was not good enough because I obtained them 9 months ago when I left my last job.  In my previous job I had a lot of contact with university staff, students, and parents. I am obtaining a letter from the Case Manger for the Non-Profit where I serve as a Board of Directors member for Payne County, Let us also be clear this is not a private college. 
     What have I done in 10 years with a white collar felony?  I have been the General Manager of 2 Restaurants, Assistant General Manager of another, and a Legal Assistant in a law office, All of these jobs are in positions of trust, either dealing with money or sensitive information. Guess what everything went fine, you cannot judge me from pieces of paper, you have to talk to me for that.  It is nice all these years later,  I can call up Rozia (The AUSA who prosecuted me 2 times)  and laugh, visit, and talk about what happened and what has happened since.  Rozia is a really great lady. I have no resentment for her, only the greatest respect. 
I honestly do not think a past felony should be a reason to deny a person an education.  It is important for ex-offenders to establish community bonds, a belief in the system, and believe they have the means to succeed.  Education can only reduce the recidivism problem and unfortunately I believe this is simply a way to continue a rehabilitated persons sentence.  It serves to diminish a belief in the system for  persons that have a decade behind them.  At some point a person wonders "When is this over? , When will I be free?" I am "Shad M Hagan", not "Felon"  I am involved in my community, when do we stop requiring people to prove themselves over and over again? 
"Felon" or "Shad Hagan"

Source: Oklahoma State University Website

Oklahoma State University Website 2019
     


Thursday, August 8, 2019


F.C.R.A. 7 Year Rule and Criminal Justice


      

     I believe in Oklahoma we should be pro-active in not only re-integration, but what happens down the road. Recently H.B. 1373 was passed which loosened the restrictions of ex-offenders in the ability to obtain occupational licenses, which is evidence we seem to be headed in the right direction. Legislators, newly released inmates, self-employed persons, or ex-offenders with no need to work do not understand what happens when you try change jobs 3, 5, 7, 10 years down the road. It is not so simple The 7 year rule if made law would not harm the public. It would be an insurance plan, in this digital age, access to digital information, criminal and otherwise will not be a barrier 7 years down the road. Barriers to employment will lead to Recidivism if a person feels like they have no options. Of course we would make exceptions to the rule to guarantee public safety. 

     The 7 Year Rule:

  1. CRAs may not report arrests or other adverse information (other than convictions of crimes) which are more than seven years old, provided that the report does not concern employment of an individual who has an annual salary that is $75,000 or more.1 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681c(a)(5), 1681c(b)(3). 
  2. A CRA reporting public record information for employment purposes which “is likely to have an adverse effect on the consumer’s ability to obtain employment” must either notify the person that the public record information is being reported and provide the name and address of the person who is requesting the information at the time that the information is provider to the user or the CRA must maintain strict procedures to insure that the information it reports is complete and up to date. 15 U.S.C. §1681k. 
For many years, the seven year limit also applied to reporting of convictions. However, this seven year limit was eliminated by Congress in the Consumer Reporting Employment Clarification Act of 1998, 

     All 50 states must comply with this rule in terms of 3rd party agency s who do employment background checks.  Some states go even further to mirror this rule such as TEXAS. In Texas a Conviction can only be reported back for 7 years, based on the Disposition date. Non-Convictions can only be reported back 7 years, based on the arrest date. Texas also includes a SALARY EXEMPTION, if the applicants salary is expected to be $75,000 or more then all convictions can be reported back to the age of 18. It is important to note this only applies to Consumer Reporting Agencies. 

      I know many people say they need this information, it is their right to have an ex offenders record, it is for the public safety, this type of person may do this again, and many other reasons. I wonder how they would feel if I was to ask them about an eviction 15 years ago, or the credit card they defaulted on 9 years back, what happened when their house was foreclosed on, why they couldn't pay that medical bill when their wife was dying 12 years ago, why they had to get a protective order against their husband, or tell them it was not Christian to marry more than once all based on records searches. However most these things past 7 years old will not appear on a Consumer Report after 7 years. These are all things that are none of my damn business. The public has O.S.C.N they do not need an online O.S.B.I CHIRP tool. We currently have Citizens who think "Forcible Entry and Detainer" means the police served a search warrant and the person was detained. The only person that is going to be harmed is a nosy neighbor. REMEMBER THIS RULE ONLY APPLIES TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES (I myself think it should be the rule should be law) of course with exceptions for Violent/Sex Offenses, true threats to Public Safety. The simple truth is if you have not committed a crime in 7 years, there will be nothing for anyone to worry about. It would give people who cannot afford expungement, a chance for a clean slate, just like the person who files Bankruptcy. 

Final Thought-  O.S.B.I. - Certainly appears to be a Consumer Report Agency by definition. However, I am sure there is a legal explanation. Everyone be sure to check out CHIRP you can set up a billing account for your business, obtain criminal records, and make your employment decisions from there. Just remember the O.S.B.I. is not a Consumer or Credit reporting Agency. (See Definition Below)


Definition of Consumer Reporting Agency

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Website

Chirp Information 

EEOC Guidance Link (Best Employment Practices)

Shad Hagan 





Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Oklahoma OSBI Background Check Tool


     


      The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has made an online background check tool available to the public. Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the Nation, we are #1. This online tool will only make it more difficult for ex-offenders to obtain employment or only have entry level or blue collar employment options available to them. 

      Ex-offenders  already face many challenges to employment in Oklahoma. With more access readily available to anyone, the struggle to obtain employment has only increased over the last 10 years for "Felons". I have faced these challenges myself. With a Forgery Conviction and Possession of a Counterfeit security I have held employment as a Legal assistant, Restaurant General Manager, and Assistant General Manager of a Hotel. I have been out a decade and the struggle has become substantially harder. Many people believe the passage of time, work experience since conviction, what you have subsequently done with your life, and community involvement make a difference.  It simply is not true and as time goes on and digital access to information, the problem becomes worse. 

     The state of Oklahoma already had OSCN which was bad enough. Lay people researching people by name, misreading Judicial events, or finding the wrong individual completely. FD,ML, CPC, SC, CF, CM, PO if you are baffled by these terms or think "FORCIBLE ENTRY AND DETAINER" means they kicked the door down with a warrant to detain someone. then you should not be evaluating someones Criminal history on OSCN. Most employers used 3rd party services to do background checks and the 3rd party would omit information that was outside legal parameters for employment under the FCRA. 

    The OSBI not only has conviction records, but the agency holds arrest records as well.  If someone was arrested and not convicted, the public does not need that information. Everyone is supposed to be "Innocent until proven Guilty". People are now convicted on Social Media, by the public at large and by the media before any Trial or Evidence is presented all subsequent to arrest. If your conviction is deferred and then expunged in court, the arrest record will still be there. Also for many expungements the conviction record will still be in the database of the OSBI. Wouldn't that be a surprise in an job interview.  Do you think you would have the job by the time it was sorted out? 

     However, the fact is the real change will not happen until legislators will sit down and talk to someone like me. I am truly happy for the newly released inmate, but they do not have a frame of reference for challenges that come from being out a decade. It is not rocket science to figure this problem out, but we don't need the politicians consulting with a campaign strategist on what to do. Politicians will have to seek advice from Criminologists and real people affected.

Link to OSBI article FOX23 News

OSBI online tool Article FOX 23

Shad Hagan

     

     

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

     Hey,



          I wanted to let everyone know I am having some issues getting the site up.  I am working on it and will get it up and running as soon as possible. If anyone knows how I can get my Facebook friends to have all my friends to show as they like my page with out having to contact me let me know. I am not a tech person so it may take me a bit to get everything up and going


UPDATE-  I have the site up and running and still learning more. Please be Patient 9/4/2019

https://business.facebook.com/owned_domain/verification_template/?owned_domain_id=504511657002204