Category: Reentry and Employment

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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In Wisconsin, First-of-its-Kind Facility Prepares People Inside Prison for Employment

By The Council of State Government Justice Center Staff The significance of employment for people returning to their communities from incarceration is well known; however, jobs are not always easy to find. Many state corrections departments face challenges not only equipping people with the technical skills necessary for employment, but also with helping them find …

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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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Self-Assessment for Employment-Focused Reentry Programs

Finding employment is a critical part of successful reentry for the millions of people returning to communities after incarceration, but it’s not the only part. Appropriately addressing criminogenic risk and needs as well as the soft and hard skills necessary for the workplace are also key in reducing recidivism and improving long-term job retention in …

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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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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

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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Watch: Employ Milwaukee Reentry and Employment

  This video from Employ Milwaukee in Wisconsin highlights the partnership between corrections and workforce systems to improve employment outcomes in the Milwaukee County, Wisconsin area and includes interviews with subject matter experts, an employer, and people who secured employment after incarceration with the aid of Employ Milwaukee. Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) are part …

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