Category: Employment Roundup

A Second Chance: Prisoners Thrive in Program Designed to Open up Job Opportunities

The Nevada Independent By Michaela Chesin and Trey Arline At Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center on Wednesday, a former soldier-turned-prisoner described loving to paint murals, writing poetry and music and becoming a leader and role model for other inmates. Her speech about the desire to change the narrative about her life brought Gov. Steve Sisolak to tears in …

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[Apply Now] YouthBuild Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is seeking applications for YouthBuild program grants. Authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act these grants help organizations to provide pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to high-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, including youth in foster care, youth involved in the criminal …

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‘Returning from the Twilight Zone’: Home to Stay Offers One-Stop Shop for Those Leaving Prisons

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service By Allison Dikanovic Ray Mendoza remembers coming home from prison in 2015 and being overwhelmed by the harsh adjustment. He described the culture shock of re-entering society to “returning from the twilight zone” and said that four years later, it’s still something he’s learning how to navigate. Mendoza said he could …

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Minor Crimes Get ‘Clean Slate’ in Utah

County News By Rachel Looker Citizens who committed low-level crimes in the state of Utah are getting a second chance to have a “clean slate” thanks to Salt Lake County and the passing of House Bill 431. Utah is the second state (after Pennsylvania) to pass an automatic expungement bill for eligible citizens who committed …

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County Eases Path to Housing for People with Arrest Records

Austin Weekly News By Michael Romain The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved a measure that makes it easier for people with arrest records to secure housing in the county. The board passed the “Just Housing” amendment as a new clause in the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance during a meeting on April 25. …

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[Apply Now] Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration is now accepting applications for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants that promote evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions previously shown to achieve successful employment outcomes for justice-involved individuals, new interventions that theory or research suggests are promising, or a combination of both. Models must provide solutions to …

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Scrubbing the past to Give Those with a Criminal Record a Second Chance

NPR By Eric Westervelt Latosha Poston says she made a lot of mistakes in her life. Her legal troubles began in her teens after her first child was born in Indianapolis. Over the years, bad decisions led to some arrests, some convictions. “Sometimes we get stuck in our past and let our past guide us,” …

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Prison Unit Helps Inmates Prepare for Freedom

News Channel 3 By News Channel 3 Staff Every morning, Amelia Stem wakes up, pulls her clothes from the closet and gets ready for work. She’s on the road by 7:30 a.m. and works until around 5:30 p.m. Back at home, she does laundry and gets a bite to eat. She might chip away at an …

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How California Wants to Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs at Community Colleges

LAist By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez In a bid to help more ex-offenders get jobs, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office is urging the state’s 115 community colleges to wait until they’re ready to make a job offer before asking applicants about any criminal history. College officials said the change is part of a statewide “ban the …

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State Gets $1.5M in Grants to Ease Inmates’ Re-Entry into Life ‘Outside’

Delaware State News By Matt Bittle More than 15,000 people are released from Delaware correctional facilities every year, and many of those are forced to fend for themselves after they’re out of custody, advocates say. While they may want to start their lives over and make an honest living, many lack some of the things …

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