In this episode, Amy and Jeffrey discuss her path to starting Turn90, what the future holds for the organization, second chance hiring, reducing recidivism, and much more…
They call him “Unk,” a kind-faced man in his 50s who is quick with a smile and has an easy rapport with the men working alongside him. But it wasn’t always that way—something Unk knows well. In September, Unk was released from prison after 25 years behind bars. At first he was happy about the … Read more
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Turning Leaf, Charleston’s successful prison reentry program, has announced a name change and opened its new center in Columbia. Now called Turn90, the program creates a new direction for men at the highest risk of re-arrest who return from prison to the Lowcountry and the Midlands. Read more
A program in Charleston shown to help newly freed, high-risk South Carolina inmates develop life skills after prison will be unveiled Wednesday in Columbia. The re-entry program for men, which has been hailed as a success during the six years it’s operated in Charleston, is called Turning Leaf Project. Program leaders there teach former inmates … Read more
According to recent statistics, 67% of formerly incarcerated men are re-arrested within three years. Our next guest’s organization however, has found a way to reduce that number significantly. Mike Switzer interviews Leah Rhyne, director of marketing and communications at Turning Leaf, a Charleston nonprofit expanding soon to Columbia, SC. Listen now
When I hear household names like George Floyd, Walter Scott and Alton Sterling, I don’t land on the grisly videos of their killings or the fates of the police officers who ended their lives. I think about their children. Police murdered my father three decades ago, when I was 8. As his son, I know firsthand how losing a … Read more
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is: “focus on what you can control.” It’s humbling to recognize how much happens in life that I have no control of. Instead of wanting things to be different – the way I want them to be, the way I expect them to be – I try … Read more
Amy Barch didn’t set out to become the director of a nonprofit, but she’s really good at it. In fact, Barch just might change the world. Six years ago, she opened the Turning Leaf Project with the wildly ambitious goal of keeping violent felons from returning to a life of crime after prison. And that’s important. Law … Read more
“Change is really hard, even under the best circumstances. People leaving prison attempt to change their whole lives with the cards stacked against them.” So writes Turning Leaf Founder and Executive Director Amy Barch in an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) on July 7, 2021. The article, A Better Way to … Read more