Category: barriers to employment

Jan 13

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

The New York Times By Ben Casselman A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away. That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment, such as criminal records, disabilities or prolonged bouts of joblessness. In Dane County, Wis., where …

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Jan 03

Governor Cuomo Unveils 22nd Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Office of the Governor On January 3rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 22nd proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda – a sweeping, five-pronged reform package to overhaul the State’s criminal justice system. This comprehensive package—the most progressive set of reforms in the nation—will guarantee fairness for the accused by reshaping New …

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Jan 02

At 18, Kingsley Rowe Went to Prison for 10 Years. Now He’s 47 and Still Wonders When He’ll Be Free

Salon By Rachel Leah “I’m formerly incarcerated,” and “I spent 10 years in prison for an accident,” Kingsley Rowe told Compass Charter School’s founders during his initial interview for a position there. Rowe was not inexperienced in presenting himself to potential employers, but this was one of the first times Rowe had ever disclosed his …

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Dec 12

North Dakota to Reduce Debt of Incarcerated Parents

Associated Press By Associated Press Staff A new law in North Dakota will end monthly child support obligations for parents who are sentenced to jail or prison for more than 180 days. The Legislature recently approved the change as a way to prevent the accumulation of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents, as a …

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Sep 03

Call for Participants: National Employment Social Enterprise Census Survey

REDF, a venture philanthropy that invests in social enterprises focused on employment, is conducting its first annual National Employment Social Enterprise Census. REDF defines employment social enterprises as organizations (both non-profit and for-profit) that have a mission of employing individuals with significant barriers to employment, including those who have experienced homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness, …

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Jun 28

PA’s Clean Slate Bill Was Just Unanimously Passed by the State Senate

Generocity  By Julie Zeglen  The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years. The legislation would only apply to those who avoided other convictions for at least 10 years. It’s a big win for criminal justice reform advocates like Sharon Dietrich, litigation director of Community Legal …

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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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Mar 07

Could ‘ban the box’ find bipartisan support in North Carolina?

From the Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer By Will Doran wdoran@newsobserver.com RALEIGH Every year, tens of thousands of North Carolinians find themselves readjusting to life as convicted criminals, adding to the population of people whose record makes it difficult to find legitimate work. Now, a group of state legislators is trying to make it …

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Mar 02

Bevin Launches Pilot Project Developing Work Skills for Prisoners

WKMS By the Associated Press and Matt Markgraf Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is starting a pilot project aimed at making sure more of Kentucky’s prisoners get the skills needed to find jobs once they’re released. The initiative is called “Justice to Journeyman.” It will put inmates on track to earn credentials in skilled trades that …

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