Category Archive: barriers to employment

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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