Category: Reentry and Employment

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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Repairing the Road to Redemption in California

Californians with convictions face over 4,800 laws that impose harmful collateral consequences long after successful completion of a sentence, most of which have no foundation in public safety and serve no purpose other than to make it harder for people to rebuild their lives. The barriers are extensive and block people from job opportunities, housing, education, …

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There’s a Big Payoff for Hiring Those with a Criminal History

The Mountaineer By Vicki Hyatt For employers having trouble filling available positions, and individuals with a criminal history who are willing to work, there is a single answer that may benefit both. A program called the Re-entry Initiative offered through the N.C. Department of Commerce is a three-prong effort to address the issue. Employers who …

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Franklin County Program Helps Frequently Jailed Women Chart New Path

The Columbus Dispatch By Marc Kovac One half of Rachael Cook’s artwork was labeled Secrets. That’s the stuff that keeps the 26-year-old Linden-area woman hooked on drugs. The other half was labeled Depression, another of Cook’s struggles and one that often makes it difficult for her to forgive herself and move past her mistakes. There was a …

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Kentucky Looks at New Reforms to Cut Jail, Prison Population

The Sentinel Echo By The Sentinel Echo Staff Staying out of jail may be as easy as having a steady job for some former Kentucky inmates. Former inmates who stay employed for one year are about 35 percent less likely to return to jail than those who don’t work, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet …

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Register for Webinar: Understanding Ticket to Work—How to Help Your Clients and the People You Serve

Hosted by the Social Security Administration Date: Wednesday, August 22 Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET During this month’s Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) webinar, Ticket to Work experts will present information for individuals and organizations that serve people who receive Social Security disability benefits and may be interested in joining or re-joining the workforce. Presenters will provide facts about …

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Addressing Barriers to Occupational 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. Download a PDF of the presentation. Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people who have criminal …

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Tender Justice: North Dakota Is Conducting a Prison Experiment Unlike Anything in the United States

Governing By David Kidd Terry Pullins is on his second tour in the North Dakota prison system. He’s also done time in California. Since he never got farther than the fifth grade, the 40-year-old Pullins has spent nearly as much time behind bars as he did in school. But last December brought the most acute …

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