Category: Reentry and Employment

Scrubbing the past to Give Those with a Criminal Record a Second Chance

NPR By Eric Westervelt Latosha Poston says she made a lot of mistakes in her life. Her legal troubles began in her teens after her first child was born in Indianapolis. Over the years, bad decisions led to some arrests, some convictions. “Sometimes we get stuck in our past and let our past guide us,” …

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Prison Unit Helps Inmates Prepare for Freedom

News Channel 3 By News Channel 3 Staff Every morning, Amelia Stem wakes up, pulls her clothes from the closet and gets ready for work. She’s on the road by 7:30 a.m. and works until around 5:30 p.m. Back at home, she does laundry and gets a bite to eat. She might chip away at an …

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How California Wants to Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs at Community Colleges

LAist By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez In a bid to help more ex-offenders get jobs, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office is urging the state’s 115 community colleges to wait until they’re ready to make a job offer before asking applicants about any criminal history. College officials said the change is part of a statewide “ban the …

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State Gets $1.5M in Grants to Ease Inmates’ Re-Entry into Life ‘Outside’

Delaware State News By Matt Bittle More than 15,000 people are released from Delaware correctional facilities every year, and many of those are forced to fend for themselves after they’re out of custody, advocates say. While they may want to start their lives over and make an honest living, many lack some of the things …

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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