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CEO of Tocsin Mag, Shanique Byrd was recently interviewed by Rochester's WHEC News 10. She breaks down the vison of Tocsin and where it is heading. Enjoy the interview and spread the word.

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Fair or  Foul: Gene Downing Sentenced to 80 Years

My name is Gene Downing. I`m from Wash. D.C, and when I was 19 yrs. old I was charged, tried, and convicted of murder, arm robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, and a few gun charges. Though I didn`t kill anyone and was just "there" I was sentenced to 80 yrs. to Life.

All other co-defendants copped out, so you see why they gave me so much time. You can always look my case up, It`s public info.


Since my incarceration, I`ve changed my life, in large part due to growth. I`m not the kid that made the stupid mistake of getting involved in a murder/ robbery, but A positive man that Mentored many of my peers.. I`ve done countless programs, Gotten my G.E.D, and went on to teach G.E.D classes for 8 yrs.

I have a very supportive family, daughter, and wife who wants, and needs me home. I know that the wrong I've done can`t be changed, but I want to help those youth today so that they don`t have to worry about, trying to undo something bad they`ve done. I`m not saying that I had nothing to do with why I"m in prison, And I do accept my role... But I`m no killer..

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Tocsin Magazine Announces "Reach Initiative" To Help Inmates Connect With Family and Society.

 

Tocsin Magazine announces  "Reach Initiative", a program designed to help inmates connect with resources in their communities. 

 

Through Reach Initiative, inmates will be able to access information regarding resources, such as legal assistance, mentorship programs, counseling services, reentry programs and much more.

 

As of March 30, 2019, Federal Bureau of Prisons release stats of the current inmate population. Roughly 49% are there for nonviolent crimes.

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Unfortunately, once released, many people also face a greater chance of returning to prison. According to National Institute of Justice within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. 

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