Category: Employment Roundup

Jan 24

Environmental Programs Grow a Better Prison System

GreenBiz By Sarah Hicks The Prison Policy Initiative creates a yearly pie chart that details the makeup of the U.S. prison system. In 2017, 2.3 million U.S. citizens were imprisoned in 5,961 facilities nationwide, ranging from Indian Country jails to federal and state prisons. About a quarter were imprisoned for nonviolent drug crimes (including 7,200 youth), and 16,000 …

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Jan 20

How Tech Firms Are Embracing Ex-Prisoners

Fortune By Jennifer Alsever Richard Bronson made millions on Wall Street in the 1990s, but by 2005 he found himself destitute with no home and no money—and only his sister’s couch on which to sleep. No one would give him a job or even entertain the idea. “I tried to put the past behind me, …

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Jan 13

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

The New York Times By Ben Casselman A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away. That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment, such as criminal records, disabilities or prolonged bouts of joblessness. In Dane County, Wis., where …

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Jan 10

Denver Coffee Shop Aims to Help Current and Former Inmates through Jobs and Art

Denver7 By Jackie Crea We see new coffee shops and restaurants pop up all over Denver, but there is one in the Cole neighborhood with plans to only hire employees that have been previously incarcerated. For now, the staff at Open Door Tea Shop is small, but their coffee is strong and so is their …

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Jan 04

Kansas Jail Expands Re-Entry Program to Reduce Recidivism

Topeka Capital-Journal By Katie Moore The Shawnee County Jail is expanding its re-entry program in an effort aimed at reducing recidivism. Jail director Brian Cole said offenders who are released may find securing housing and employment to be a challenge. Last month, a newly formed re-entry advisory board met for the first time. The group …

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Jan 03

Governor Cuomo Unveils 22nd Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Office of the Governor On January 3rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 22nd proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda – a sweeping, five-pronged reform package to overhaul the State’s criminal justice system. This comprehensive package—the most progressive set of reforms in the nation—will guarantee fairness for the accused by reshaping New …

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Jan 02

At 18, Kingsley Rowe Went to Prison for 10 Years. Now He’s 47 and Still Wonders When He’ll Be Free

Salon By Rachel Leah “I’m formerly incarcerated,” and “I spent 10 years in prison for an accident,” Kingsley Rowe told Compass Charter School’s founders during his initial interview for a position there. Rowe was not inexperienced in presenting himself to potential employers, but this was one of the first times Rowe had ever disclosed his …

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Dec 21

Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

By Elizabeth Fleming, CSG Justice Center Staff and a program participant of the Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry (MTRR) Program in Franklin County, TN, a 2015 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantee, recently offered insights to fellow grantees as part of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) training event Engaging Local Employers in Promising Practices …

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Dec 12

North Dakota to Reduce Debt of Incarcerated Parents

Associated Press By Associated Press Staff A new law in North Dakota will end monthly child support obligations for parents who are sentenced to jail or prison for more than 180 days. The Legislature recently approved the change as a way to prevent the accumulation of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents, as a …

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Nov 27

Mental Health Court Could Lower Recidivism, Cut Costs

Las Cruces Sun-News By Carlos Andres López Establishing a mental health court in Doña Ana County in New Mexico officials say, would help get into treatment people who commit crimes because of underlying mental health conditions. It could also reduce recidivism and cut incarceration costs. So-called mental health courts serve as jail-diversionary mechanisms and have been …

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