Category Archive: Reentry and Employment

May 26

PBS Documentary ‘First Degree’ to Air in June

First Degree takes viewers inside the Sing Sing maximum security prison and offers a unique window into a college behind bars. Although First Degree is primarily an intimate portrait of three people confined at Sing Sing who discover the transformative power of higher education, their stories are emblematic of larger challenges facing our society. Since the launch …

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May 25

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to Help Chambers Implement Fair Hiring Practices in their Communities

By CSG Justice Center staff The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a $500,000 contract to help support businesses in hiring people with criminal records. The proposal was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the …

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May 17

Three Arizona State Prisons Plan to Add Employment Centers to Help Soon-To-Be Released Inmates Find Jobs

Havasu News By Jenna Aronson PHOENIX – Jude Garcia spent three and half years behind bars for armed robbery and aggravated assault. He left prison with the clothes he wore when he was incarcerated, $100 and no job. “I applied close to 50 jobs after I was released, but no one would hire me because …

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May 02

Reentry Work Earns CSG Justice Center Program Director ‘Front-Line Hero’ Award

By CSG Justice Center Staff New York Nonprofit (NYN) Media recently recognized Stephanie Akhter (left), the CSG Justice Center’s Reentry and Employment Program director, as one of 30 Front-Line Heroes chosen from a pool of 250 nominees. Every year NYN Media uses its Front Line Hero awards to honor people who directly serve others in need through …

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May 02

Integrating Corrections and Workforce Systems to Match Jobseekers to Employment Services: The IRES Pilot Project

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Wednesday, May 31 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET Of the more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in correctional facilities across the United States and, more than 90 percent will eventually return to their communities. Employment is …

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May 01

Register for Webinar: From the Correctional System to the Workforce—How State Policies Can Support Re-Entry

Hosted by the National Skills Coalition In this webinar, presenters from the National Skills Coalition, the CSG Justice Center, the Center for Employment Opportunities, and Washburn Tech University will discuss opportunities for supporting people with criminal records under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The webinar will include examples of how states have incorporated …

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May 01

Call for Participants: Study on Workplace Performance of People with Criminal Records

Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation is currently inviting employers to participate in a research study designed to better understand the workplace performance of people with criminal records. The case study will analyze data related to the tenure and performance of employees with and without criminal records so that it can compare their outcomes over time. Employee data …

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May 01

Second Chance Summit: Seattle

Hosted by Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation Focusing on employment for people with criminal records, this event will feature testimonials from employers and employees, as well as interactive panel discussions on topics such as getting leadership buy-in for employing people with criminal records; common misconceptions about employing and insuring people with criminal backgrounds; and best practices in hiring. …

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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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