Category Archive: Reentry and Employment

Sep 07

Private Prisons in the United States

Private prisons in the United States incarcerated 126,272 people in 2015, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population. Since 2000, the number of people housed in private prisons has increased 45%. States show significant variation in their use of private correctional facilities. For example, New Mexico and Montana incarcerate over 40% of …

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Sep 03

Call for Participants: National Employment Social Enterprise Census Survey

REDF, a venture philanthropy that invests in social enterprises focused on employment, is conducting its first annual National Employment Social Enterprise Census. REDF defines employment social enterprises as organizations (both non-profit and for-profit) that have a mission of employing individuals with significant barriers to employment, including those who have experienced homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness, …

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Aug 31

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Clearing Your Record

The Marshall Project By Christie Thompson A Nashville lawyer hopes to wipe clean some arrest records for 128,000 Tennesseans. The lawyer, Daniel Horwitz, who has worked on multiple cases regarding incarceration and re-entry, has filed a class-action motion in county court to have the case files destroyed for hundreds of thousands of arrests and charges that never …

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Aug 31

Register for Webinar: National Apprenticeship Act

Hosted by Jobs for the Future In recognition of the 80th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship (Fitzgerald) Act, Jobs for the Future’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning, its partners, and leaders from throughout the national apprenticeship system will explore the history of apprenticeships in the U.S., highlight successes of key leaders and programs, focus on recent innovations, and look …

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Aug 30

Colleges Shouldn’t Ask about Applicants’ Criminal Histories, but Most in Philly Do

Generocity By Julie Zeglen Ban the box and Clean Slate initiatives have gained statewide traction in recent months as means to eliminate barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated folks. But what about those folks facing barriers to education? This morning, Community Legal Services (CLS) released its report “Opening Doors: How Philadelphia Area Colleges Can Promote Access …

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Aug 30

Nevada’s New Record-Sealing Law: “One of Broadest” in U.S.

The Crime Report By Suzanne Potter Nevada is the kind of place where a lot of people end up needing a second chance. It’s a state where the booms and busts of the gaming industry have led many into poverty, drug abuse, even jail time. So, as it slowly recovers from the 2008 recession, legislators …

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Aug 30

Improving Access to Career Pathways for Philadelphia’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System Involved Youth

This report from the Juvenile Law Center takes a focused look at the barriers to career pathways that system-involved youth encounter. Based on an in-depth needs assessment of the Philadelphia community, the report offers five strategies to improve access to career-focused programs and early work experiences for youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice system, …

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Aug 27

Little Rock Jobs Program Helps Former Inmates

The Charlotte Observer By Eric Besson A new Little Rock program paid for with federal tax dollars will connect former prison inmates with construction, restaurant and other high-demand jobs — and cover their minimum-wage paychecks for four months, officials said. Mayor Mark Stodola has touted the $1.2 million Department of Labor grant as one way the capital …

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Jul 27

Ban the Box and Beyond: Ensuring Individuals with a Criminal Record Have Access to the Labor Market

This report from the Center for American Progress discusses the reforms needed to ensure people with criminal records have equitable access to the labor market and economic security. It outlines the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and recent advancements in the U.S. criminal justice system’s approach to reentry. Also discussed are federal, state, and local “ban the box” policies …

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Jul 20

Register for Webinar: Putting People at the Center—The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration

Hosted by the Heartland Alliance The goal of this webinar will be to acknowledge that policy and systems change is most authentic and impactful when it surfaces and is driven from lived experience. This webinar will explore the ways in which organizations partner with and learn from people most impacted in their decision making and …

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