Category: Employment Roundup

Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. Employment is an important aspect of successful reentry, however simply placing people returning home after incarceration in a job is not the ultimate solution to reducing recidivism or improving …

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License to Clip: A Movement to Let the Formerly Incarcerated Cut Hair and Drive Taxis Is Gaining Ground

The Marshall Project By Ashley Nerbovig Rosemarie Abruzzese feared losing her cosmetology license and her job in 2017 after the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology said her past felony drug conviction made her a threat to public safety. Her story is familiar, a license being threatened or denied outright because of a past crime. Abruzzese was …

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Opinion: Businesses Can’t Find People to Hire. So Why Is Unemployment Still so High for This Demographic?

NBC News THINK By Chandra Bozelko and Ryan Lo Despite a record 6.7 million open jobs in America and the fact that nearly one-third of small businesses cannot fill open jobs, the stigma against hiring formerly incarcerated people is so severe that more than 27 percent of us are unemployed, according to a study out …

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Workforce Advocates in Arizona Host First Ever Employer Reentry Forum

Chamber Business News By Ava Montoya Last week, Arizona Correctional Industries, ARIZONA@WORK, the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Commerce Authority collaboratively hosted the first Employer Reentry Forum. The forum brought correctional programs, employers and former inmates together to expose more of the state’s job creators to what …

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Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

By CSG Justice Center Staff Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. “I don’t want to go …

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Criminal Convictions behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed

The New York Times By Jan Ransom Carlos grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in the 1990s, then a rough-and-tumble neighborhood where he struggled to stay out of trouble. He later moved with his wife and two children to the South Bronx, where he made a career as a taxi driver. But he …

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Training the Brain to Stay out of Jail

The Marshall Project By Eli Hager Growing up in public housing in North Charleston, S.C., in the 1970s, David Hayward was familiar with poverty, violence and loss. His mother, grandmother and brother all died when he was young, and his father was in prison. He became addicted to alcohol and cocaine and occasionally lived under …

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New California Laws Would Make It Easier for Ex-Prisoners to Get Better Jobs

East Bay Times By Annie Sciacca Amika Mota’s training for her first gig at a firehouse was thorough. She learned to perform CPR, use the Jaws of Life to pry people out of cars, and pull the massive fire hoses from trucks to battle blazes. But even with a top-notch training program and two and a half years …

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Outagamie Mental Health Court Celebrates Six Years of Cross-System Collaboration Benefitting Participants, Community

By Elizabeth Fleming and Ashleigh Fryer, CSG Justice Center staff By the time Beth was sentenced to one month in the Outagamie County (WI) Jail in January 2016, she had been cycling in and out of the system for more than 12 years. Most of her charges over the years related to shoplifting, fraud, and …

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Adult Re-Entry Court Hopes to Keep People out of Jail

Pacific Daily News By Jerick Sablan The first participants in the Adult Reentry Court program are doing well on their path to stay out of jail. The nine participants appeared before Superior Court of Guam Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena III for a hearing Friday. The program allows those who have been in and out of the court system …

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