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17|A SENTENCE APART | Discussion Guide | EXTENSION ACTIVITY 3: POSITIVE IMAGES Thisyear700,000formerlyincarceratedmenandwomenwillreturntotheirfamiliesandcommunities. With this re-entry comes stigma and barriers to housing, education and employment. In many states, ex-offenders convicted of a felony cannot vote in elections and those convicted of a drug-related offense are ineligible for Federal Financial Aid Loans. However, an ex-offender is not only defined by his or her time behind bars. They are individuals with strengths and passions. They are part of a family, a community, and contribute to the country’s economy and social fabric. DIRECTIONS: A Public Relations Campaign is an orchestrated sharing of information with the aim of persuading the public, changing public opinion, and in this case- challenging widely held beliefs. Create a public relations campaign with a slogan and signature image that positively portrays the formerly incarcerated. The public relations campaign can take place through billboards, commercials, or social media messaging- but must contain a slogan and signature image that portrays your message. EXTENSION ACTIVITIES RESOURCES: Bill of rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents. In 2003 understanding the need to meet the needs of these children, the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents developed and published the Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights- BOR . With more than 50,000 copies printed, the Bill of Rights brochure has been widely distributed and used in venues throughout the country to educate. I have the right to be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent’s arrest. I have the right to be heard when decisions are made about me. I have the right to be considered when decisions are made about my parent. I have the right be well cared for in my parent’s absence. I have the right to speak with, see, and touch my parent I have the right to support as I have my parent’s incarceration. I have the right not to be judged, blamed or labeled because my parent is incarcerated. I have the right to have a lifelong relationship with my parent. The Sentencing Project Legal Services for Prisoners With Children Project WHAT!