Category: occupational licensing

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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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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Apply Now: State Occupational Licensing Review and Reform Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is seeking applications for the State Occupational Licensing Review and Reform grant program. The goal of the program is to provide states with the means to review and streamline occupational licensing requirements in state-identified occupations as well as to promote the portability of state licenses to and from other states, …

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Reentry Essentials: An Overview of Employment and Correctional Education

By CSG Justice Center Staff This is the first in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic. Employment Can Improve Reentry Outcomes Employment is widely seen by reentry service providers, researchers, policymakers, and people who were previously incarcerated as crucial to …

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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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