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Town Talk w/Ted Schubel Podcast with FailSafe-EAR
President and CEO Juanita Shanks talks about second chances and helping ex-prisoners return to society.  If there’s an early release of prisoners this summer, FailSafe is working to get families and localities ready.

What happens when inmates are let out?

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The Free Lance-Star
May 8, 2022

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Re-entry Director Jamie Malloy and President and CEO Juanita Shanks talk about their work to help inmates and families get back into society.  Focus on what the early release of 14,000 inmates in Virginia on July 1 will mean to the region. Town Talk w/Ted Schubel Podcast

Failsafe-ERA graduates

Fredericksburg-area organizations launch pilot program to hire released inmates as traffic flaggers
A 31-year-old father of three sleeps in a car he fears might soon be repossessed.

A 38-year-old mother lives in a home with her two teenagers, but they soon may be forced out.

Both want to work, but it's difficult to find and keep a steady job after spending time in jail for felonies.

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Juanita Shanks and Phyllis Brantley

Inspired by Loss, Faith-Based Prison Ministry Redoubles Efforts Despite COVID-19 Challenges
Two women the faith-based organization FailSafe-Era in Northern Virginia. Due to coronavirus restrictions, they can no longer enter the jail where they ... Click here to view video

Juanita and Deneal spoke with Ted Schubel on this morning's episode of Town Talk, radio AM1230. Click below to hear about not just the mission of FailSafe and how you can join in, but some intimate perspectives not heard before.


FailSafe-ERA is partnering with Ameelio,  a nonprofit technology company that aims to connect incarcerated people and their families for free, undercutting the anticompetitive and socially destructive stranglehold on prison communications in the U.S. Their first product, Letters, was released about a month ago. With the app, users are now able to send free unlimited physical letters and photos to incarcerated people in any prisons and jails in America. Simply locate the incarcerated person using their facility search tool, type messages and/or attach photos, and click send! You can track letters all the way to the correctional facility. They use an authorized third-party service to print, mail, and track delivery of the letters. Their long-term vision is to offer an ecosystem of communication tools, including videoconferencing. 


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Juanita Shanks, Doug Taylor and Shanail Mitchell join Ted Schubel on Town Talk- July 23, 2019

Fail Safe-ERA is ten years old.  The organization works with returning citizens after time in jail or prison. We talk about job training, helping children with incarcerated parents and the upcoming gala. 

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Town Talk-April 13

 April 13, 2018 

The Fredericksburg-based Failsafe-era helps former inmates re-enter society by offering education, employment, housing and transportation options. Juanita Shanks and Jim Baron.

Va. organization helps formerly incarcerated people get fresh start
By Liz Anderson | WTOP
May 13, 2018 

WASHINGTON — As returning citizens transition into society after serving time, it can be an uphill climb for those determined to rebuild their lives. FailSafe ERA, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based organization, was started to help ease the path .  Click Here to Read 

An Interview with Juanita Shanks
by Gordon Nary Profiles in Catholicism Nov 13, 2018 

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Fredericksburg Strong

FailSafe-ERA programs and services highlighted on Washington, D.C. radio

On May 13, FailSafe-ERA President and CEO Juanita Shanks was featured several times during the morning rush hour on WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.’s premier news-talk radio station. Every day, WTOP reaches millions of listeners in the District, Virginia, Maryland and beyond. This opportunity to work with WTOP gave Juanita a unique opportunity to promote the many incredible programs and services that FailSafe-ERA offers returning citizens and their families. To learn more about the interview, please click here.  

Listen to Juanita Shanks and Jim Baron on  “Town Talk,” a popular one-hour radio show – hosted by Ted Schubel – on Fredericksburg’s own Newstalk 1230 WFVA-AM radio. Ted’s show has been around a long time and helps introduce listeners to local businesses, non-profit leaders and political figures who influence the Fredericksburg region every day.

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