Category: employment and reentry

Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment Among Formerly Incarcerated People

Using a nationally representative dataset, this report from the Prison Policy Initiative provides the first ever estimate of unemployment among the 5 million formerly incarcerated people living in the United States. The analysis shows that formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of over 27%—higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, …

Continue reading

Using the New National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction Website

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Collateral consequences of conviction are the legal and regulatory restrictions that limit or prohibit people convicted of crimes from accessing employment, housing, and other rights, benefits, and opportunities long after their sentences have been served. …

Continue reading

Battling Recidivism over Breakfast

WCBI By William Folkes Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and the Paroled to Pride organization are fighting recidivism rates. Paroled to Pride offers a 3 months course in hospitality to released offenders, to give them skills needed to apply for jobs. Human resource departments from several local companies attended a breakfast and conversation, where program …

Continue reading

Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

By Elizabeth Fleming, CSG Justice Center Staff and a program participant of the Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry (MTRR) Program in Franklin County, TN, a 2015 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantee, recently offered insights to fellow grantees as part of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) training event Engaging Local Employers in Promising Practices …

Continue reading

Apply Now: Returning Citizens Community Reintegration Fellowship

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is seeking applicants for an Equal Justice Works or Skadden fellowship. The fellow will work with Legal Aid’s new and growing Returning Citizens Community Reintegration Project to provide comprehensive civil legal services to low-income individuals and families impacted by criminal records. The fellow will focus on litigation, outreach, and …

Continue reading

Imperial County Looks to Reduce Recidivism with Unique Education Program

California State Association of Counties By David Liebler Step inside this college classroom and at first glance, you will see a scene played out at many community colleges throughout California. Casually dressed coeds sit at their desks, listening to their instructor, answering questions and participating in discussions. Inspirational sayings can be found on the walls …

Continue reading