Category Archive: Employment Roundup

Jul 20

Register for Webinar: Putting People at the Center—The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration

Hosted by the Heartland Alliance The goal of this webinar will be to acknowledge that policy and systems change is most authentic and impactful when it surfaces and is driven from lived experience. This webinar will explore the ways in which organizations partner with and learn from people most impacted in their decision making and …

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Jul 18

New York Is Trying to Help Formerly Incarcerated People Find Jobs

VICE By Allie Conti Kathy Hochul showed up at VICE’s Brooklyn headquarters on Tuesday and asked if anyone had heard of the Erie Canal. As New York State’s lieutenant governor explained, the navigable water route was originally the idea of a Geneva flour merchant stuck in debtor’s prison. While he was locked up, the man wrote a …

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Jul 14

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 …

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Jun 29

Engaging Employers: A Sector-Based Approach to Employment for People with Criminal Records

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance A sector-based employment approach brings employers from the same industry together with educators, workforce development agencies, and others to address labor shortages and prepare job seekers for work and career advancement. With a sector-based approach, …

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Jun 18

LA Becomes First State to Ban the Box on College Admissions Applications

Fox 8 WVUE New Orleans By Shelly Brown Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 688 into law on Friday, making Louisiana the first state in the nation to ban the box on college admissions applications. Starting this fall, the new law prohibits public post-secondary education institutions in the state from inquiring about a potential …

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May 31

Integrating Best Practices from Corrections and Workforce Systems to Match Jobseekers to Services

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Of the more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in correctional facilities across the United States more than 90 percent will eventually return to their communities. Employment is a key aspect of successful reentry, but simply …

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May 31

Are Employers Finally Giving Felons a Second Chance?

The Week By Jeff Spross One of the festering problems in the American economy is how our job market treats people with criminal records. There are between 14 million and 15.8 million Americans of working age with felony convictions, and 6.1 million to 6.9 million of them are also former prisoners. Employers often rule them …

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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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May 26

Group Focuses on Jobs for Overlooked Persons

Glasgow (KY) Daily Times By Melinda J. Overstreet Several weeks ago, Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale and Jackie Brown, who has been working with Hale on workforce development issues, were tossing around some ideas about how to help remove obstacles to employment for some portions of the population that may often be overlooked. Ideas led …

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May 26

PBS Documentary ‘First Degree’ to Air in June

First Degree takes viewers inside the Sing Sing maximum security prison and offers a unique window into a college behind bars. Although First Degree is primarily an intimate portrait of three people confined at Sing Sing who discover the transformative power of higher education, their stories are emblematic of larger challenges facing our society. Since the launch …

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