Category: Employment Roundup

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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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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