Category: barriers to employment

Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out

The New York Times Magazine By Reginald Dwayne Betts One afternoon in the fall of 2016, I sat in a windowless visiting room at the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, Conn. A recent graduate of Yale Law School, I was a certified legal intern on a fellowship in the New Haven public defender’s office. J., a …

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There’s a Big Payoff for Hiring Those with a Criminal History

The Mountaineer By Vicki Hyatt For employers having trouble filling available positions, and individuals with a criminal history who are willing to work, there is a single answer that may benefit both. A program called the Re-entry Initiative offered through the N.C. Department of Commerce is a three-prong effort to address the issue. Employers who …

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Register for Webinar: Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records

This webinar is part of Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice, a project of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and The Council of State Governments. Date: Thursday, Aug. 9 Time: 2–3 p.m. ET Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people …

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Apply Now: State Occupational Licensing Review and Reform Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is seeking applications for the State Occupational Licensing Review and Reform grant program. The goal of the program is to provide states with the means to review and streamline occupational licensing requirements in state-identified occupations as well as to promote the portability of state licenses to and from other states, …

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How Cities Can Reduce Recidivism for Young Adults

CitiesSpeak By Emily Morgan, CSG Justice Center As jurisdictions work to increase public safety and reduce corrections costs, a growing number have been exploring strategies targeted at improving outcomes for what is often the most challenging population under justice system supervision: young adults, ages 18 to 24. Young adults need tailored responses to reduce the likelihood …

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Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit

The inaugural Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit will give leaders who are committed to criminal justice system reform and social justice the opportunity to share best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions. The summit will also address topics including innovative funding solutions, the use of peer specialists in reentry, overcoming barriers, …

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Reentry Essentials: An Overview of Employment and Correctional Education

By CSG Justice Center Staff This is the first in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic. Employment Can Improve Reentry Outcomes Employment is widely seen by reentry service providers, researchers, policymakers, and people who were previously incarcerated as crucial to …

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White House Highlights Criminal Justice Reform with Tuesday Governors’ Meeting

Washington Examiner By Kelly Cohen A bipartisan group of governors and business executives will visit the White House Tuesday for a discussion on hiring workers who have criminal records. Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, will be joined by executives from Uber, Home Depot, Koch Industries, Brown-Forman Corporation, John …

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How Tech Firms Are Embracing Ex-Prisoners

Fortune By Jennifer Alsever Richard Bronson made millions on Wall Street in the 1990s, but by 2005 he found himself destitute with no home and no money—and only his sister’s couch on which to sleep. No one would give him a job or even entertain the idea. “I tried to put the past behind me, …

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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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