Category: Employment

Facts and Myths: Health Care Employment Opportunities 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 Download a PDF of the presentation. Health care is one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in the country, with the demand for qualified workers greatly exceeding supply in many areas. But people who have criminal …

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[Apply Now] Transforming Lives through Supported Employment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for FY 2019 Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grants. The purpose of the program is to support state and community efforts to refine, implement, and sustain evidence-based supported employment programs and mutually compatible and supportive evidence-based practices (e.g., …

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“Ban the Box” Measures Help High Crime Neighborhoods

Many localities have in recent years regulated the use of questions about criminal history in hiring, or “banned the box.” This publication, from AEI, shows that these regulations increased employment of residents in high-crime neighborhoods by up to 4%, consistent with the central objective of these measures. This effect can be seen in both aggregate …

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National Institute of Corrections: Transition and Offender Workforce Development Resources

This webpage includes a list of “top-shelf” workforce development resources curated specifically for individuals that have been, or will soon be, released from incarceration. The webpage includes links to employment organizations and handbooks and manuals about reentry and job readiness. Source: JusticeCenter

Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment Among Formerly Incarcerated People

Using a nationally representative dataset, this report from the Prison Policy Initiative provides the first ever estimate of unemployment among the 5 million formerly incarcerated people living in the United States. The analysis shows that formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of over 27%—higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, …

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Using the New National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction Website

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Collateral consequences of conviction are the legal and regulatory restrictions that limit or prohibit people convicted of crimes from accessing employment, housing, and other rights, benefits, and opportunities long after their sentences have been served. …

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Register for Webinar: Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records

This webinar is part of Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice, a project of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and The Council of State Governments. Date: Thursday, Aug. 9 Time: 2–3 p.m. ET Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people …

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The White House to Host Governors and Business Executives to Discuss Benefits of Hiring People with Criminal Records

The White House, joined by a bipartisan pair of governors, will host a discussion next Tuesday with executives from large and small businesses on the challenges and benefits of hiring people with criminal records at a time when workers are in high demand and the labor pool is shrinking. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin speaks with …

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Gov. Reynolds of Iowa Meets Face to Face with Incarcerated People at Maximum Security Facility

By CSG Justice Center Staff Joining the growing list of governors and elected officials who have joined the Face to Face initiative (#MeetFacetoFace), Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently visited the maximum security Anamosa State Penitentiary. During their visit, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg met with people incarcerated in the facility who are participating in Iowa’s largest apprenticeship program. The pair also led …

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Celebrate Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning

Jobs for the Future will kick off National Apprenticeship week and formally launch its Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning at a luncheon with national and international leaders in the field. The event will celebrate the history of the expanding movement to support apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning in mainstream workforce development and talent solutions for …

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