Monthly Archive: May 2017

May 31

“All Scientific Hands on Deck” to End the Opioid Crisis

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) By Nora Volkow (Director, NIDA) and Francis Collins (Director, National Institutes of Health) In 2015, two million people had a prescription opioid use disorder and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; prescription drug misuse alone cost the nation $78.5 billion in healthcare, law enforcement, and lost productivity. But …

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May 31

Integrating Best Practices from Corrections and Workforce Systems to Match Jobseekers to Services

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Of the more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in correctional facilities across the United States more than 90 percent will eventually return to their communities. Employment is a key aspect of successful reentry, but simply …

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May 31

Register for Webinar: Innovative Partnerships–Child Support and Reentry

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Thursday, June 15 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET This webinar will discuss steps reentry programs can take to partner with local child support agencies. It will explore the direction the federal child support office has taken to …

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May 31

Are Employers Finally Giving Felons a Second Chance?

The Week By Jeff Spross One of the festering problems in the American economy is how our job market treats people with criminal records. There are between 14 million and 15.8 million Americans of working age with felony convictions, and 6.1 million to 6.9 million of them are also former prisoners. Employers often rule them …

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May 30

Stigma of Criminal Record Fades as U.S. Employers Get Desperate

Bloomberg By Steve Matthews Shea Rochester, who once spent a month in jail on an assault charge that was later dropped, is now wanted in a different way. After a few months of job hunting, the 32-year-old recently got two offers in the same week. He accepted a $14.48-an-hour position at a Georgia factory that makes …

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May 30

Get to Know the Expert: Q & A with Michael Pinard

By CSG Justice Center Staff The Clean Slate Clearinghouse  Advisory Board—which consists of legal and academic experts from around the country—works to make the Clean Slate Clearinghouse a mechanism to expand record clearance nationwide. The CSG Justice Center staff spoke with board member Michael Pinard—the Francis and Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and  co-director of …

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May 26

Group Focuses on Jobs for Overlooked Persons

Glasgow (KY) Daily Times By Melinda J. Overstreet Several weeks ago, Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale and Jackie Brown, who has been working with Hale on workforce development issues, were tossing around some ideas about how to help remove obstacles to employment for some portions of the population that may often be overlooked. Ideas led …

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May 26

PBS Documentary ‘First Degree’ to Air in June

First Degree takes viewers inside the Sing Sing maximum security prison and offers a unique window into a college behind bars. Although First Degree is primarily an intimate portrait of three people confined at Sing Sing who discover the transformative power of higher education, their stories are emblematic of larger challenges facing our society. Since the launch …

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May 26

Clean Slate Clearinghouse Advisory Board Member’s Advocacy Bolstered by Personal Experience in the Justice System

By CSG Justice Center Staff At 15 years old, Dina Sarver was adjudicated delinquent and served six months in a Florida residential facility. When she was released at 16, she earned her GED and went on to pursue her AA, but found that some of her educational opportunities—particularly a degree in nursing—were limited because of …

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May 26

Register for Livestream: Developing a Community-Wide Approach to Responding to People with Mental Illnesses

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Thursday, June 8 Time: 1:30–3 p.m. ET Police-mental health collaboration programs have been helping officers safely and effectively respond to calls for service involving people with mental illnesses for decades, but many …

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