Category Archive: Reentry and Employment

Apr 07

U.S. Senator Johnson Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to ‘Ban the Box’ for Federal Hiring

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit federal employers and contractors from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history until the final stages of the interview process. The bipartisan bill is being introduced in the House of …

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Apr 04

The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Project: Four Questions Communities Should Consider When Implementing a Collaborative Approach

In this document, communities will learn about the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) Pilot Project underway in Milwaukee County, WI, and Palm Beach County, FL, which focuses on operationalizing a level of cross-systems coordination among corrections, reentry, and workforce development agencies on a scale rarely seen in the field. The four questions highlighted incorporated …

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Apr 03

Register for Webinar: How States are Innovating with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Hosted by The Council of State Governments Date: Tuesday, May 9 Time: 2–3 p.m. ET This webinar will provide an overview of workforce development initiatives in the states, including a high-level summary of state plans for implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA. Experts on WIOA will provide state examples of both …

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Mar 31

Temporary County Jobs Offer Former Foster Youth Pathway to Employment

The Chronicle of Social Change By Gabrielle Tilley Employment outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care are less than hopeful, but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is looking to a new pilot program to change that. A California study found former foster youth to be 56 percent less likely than their low-income …

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Mar 25

Recidivism Drops, but So Has Ex-Offenders’ Employment Rates

Sentinel & Enterprise By Katie Lannan, State House News Service BOSTON — Recidivism dropped slightly after the state banned employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal records but the employment rates of ex-offenders has also dropped since the legal reform was adopted, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston researchers. A new research report, presented …

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Mar 24

Wake board supports ‘raise the age’ effort to limit teen incarcerations

By Paul A. Specht aspecht@newsobserver.com RALEIGH The Democratic-led Wake County Board of Commissioners is publicly endorsing a Republican-led effort that would keep more teenagers out of prison. The Wake board, which is responsible for county spending, scheduled a press conference on Monday to support an effort in the N.C. General Assembly that would give the …

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Mar 07

Could ‘ban the box’ find bipartisan support in North Carolina?

From the Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer By Will Doran wdoran@newsobserver.com RALEIGH Every year, tens of thousands of North Carolinians find themselves readjusting to life as convicted criminals, adding to the population of people whose record makes it difficult to find legitimate work. Now, a group of state legislators is trying to make it …

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Mar 04

Download free software from NASA

    “NASA released a catalog yesterday packed with free software products that startups and academics can use to build companies in sectors like autonomy and data processing without any royalty or copyright fees. NASA’s Technology Transfer oversaw the release that includes a wide ranging portfolio of applications in sectors such as propulsion, data and image processing, …

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Mar 02

Bevin Launches Pilot Project Developing Work Skills for Prisoners

WKMS By the Associated Press and Matt Markgraf Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is starting a pilot project aimed at making sure more of Kentucky’s prisoners get the skills needed to find jobs once they’re released. The initiative is called “Justice to Journeyman.” It will put inmates on track to earn credentials in skilled trades that …

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Feb 27

Three Organizations File Amicus Brief with NY State’s Highest Court in Case Affecting Criminal Record Employment Discrimination by Third Parties

Legal Action Center By Abigail Woodworth Last Thursday, The Legal Action Center, Community Service Society of New York and NELA/NY (the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association) jointly filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of Griffin v. Sirva, Inc. et al. Several organizations …

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