Category: Reentry and Employment

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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Register for Webinar: Addressing Barriers to 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. Date: Thursday, Aug. 9 Time: 2–3 p.m. ET Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people …

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Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. Employment is an important aspect of successful reentry, however simply placing people returning home after incarceration in a job is not the ultimate solution to reducing recidivism or improving …

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License to Clip: A Movement to Let the Formerly Incarcerated Cut Hair and Drive Taxis Is Gaining Ground

The Marshall Project By Ashley Nerbovig Rosemarie Abruzzese feared losing her cosmetology license and her job in 2017 after the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology said her past felony drug conviction made her a threat to public safety. Her story is familiar, a license being threatened or denied outright because of a past crime. Abruzzese was …

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Opinion: Businesses Can’t Find People to Hire. So Why Is Unemployment Still so High for This Demographic?

NBC News THINK By Chandra Bozelko and Ryan Lo Despite a record 6.7 million open jobs in America and the fact that nearly one-third of small businesses cannot fill open jobs, the stigma against hiring formerly incarcerated people is so severe that more than 27 percent of us are unemployed, according to a study out …

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Workforce Advocates in Arizona Host First Ever Employer Reentry Forum

Chamber Business News By Ava Montoya Last week, Arizona Correctional Industries, ARIZONA@WORK, the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Commerce Authority collaboratively hosted the first Employer Reentry Forum. The forum brought correctional programs, employers and former inmates together to expose more of the state’s job creators to what …

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