Category: Employment Roundup

Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison

Efforts to build robust postsecondary education programs in prison have accelerated in recent years, with support from a broad range of groups, from correctional officers to college administrators. This report from the Vera Institute of Justice and the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality describes how lifting the current ban on awarding Pell Grants …

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Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management International Conference

The 2019 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s international conference, cohosted by the Johns Hopkins University – University Pompeu Fabra Public Policy Center, will feature more than 50 sessions aimed at examining the new and emerging global challenges that warrant pragmatic and evidence-informed policy responses. Conference policy areas will include: crime, violence, and justice; employment …

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State Agrees to Improve Prison Conditions in Solitary Confinement Unit

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Bill Rankin The state Department of Corrections has agreed to improve prison conditions at a solitary confinement unit that one inspector found to have created some of the most psychologically traumatized inmates he’d ever encountered. The agreement is part of a settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by inmates who served years …

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Idaho Department of Correction’s One-Stop Reentry Center Aims to Ease Transition from Prison to Society

Idaho Press By Emily Lowe To Idaho Department of Correction Reentry Program Manager, a newly released prisoner transitioning back into society must have three aspects met in order to be successful: social support, a safe place to live and meaningful employment. IDOC’s new One-Stop Reentry Center for newly released offenders can potentially help with all …

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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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Pa. Banking on Program Providing Former Inmates with Financial Literacy

witf By Sarah Hoover Pennsylvania has a new idea to help lower recidivism rates. Two state agencies have launched a pilot program that teaches financial literacy to inmates at state prisons. The phrase “follow the money” has taken on new meaning for prisoners who take the course on credit and banking basics. The class, which …

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Watch: Employ Milwaukee Reentry and Employment

  This video from Employ Milwaukee in Wisconsin highlights the partnership between corrections and workforce systems to improve employment outcomes in the Milwaukee County, Wisconsin area and includes interviews with subject matter experts, an employer, and people who secured employment after incarceration with the aid of Employ Milwaukee. Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) are part …

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Video: Palm Beach County Reentry Success Story—Talmedge Hayes

Palm Beach County Talmedge Hayes first got in trouble with the law in 1989 at the age of 16. Just after his 17th birthday he was given multiple life sentences and spent 27 years in prison. Bryan Stevenson and a team of attorneys at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama went to the United States …

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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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Franklin County Program Helps Frequently Jailed Women Chart New Path

The Columbus Dispatch By Marc Kovac One half of Rachael Cook’s artwork was labeled Secrets. That’s the stuff that keeps the 26-year-old Linden-area woman hooked on drugs. The other half was labeled Depression, another of Cook’s struggles and one that often makes it difficult for her to forgive herself and move past her mistakes. There was a …

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