Category: Reentry and Employment

‘Returning from the Twilight Zone’: Home to Stay Offers One-Stop Shop for Those Leaving Prisons

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service By Allison Dikanovic Ray Mendoza remembers coming home from prison in 2015 and being overwhelmed by the harsh adjustment. He described the culture shock of re-entering society to “returning from the twilight zone” and said that four years later, it’s still something he’s learning how to navigate. Mendoza said he could …

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Minor Crimes Get ‘Clean Slate’ in Utah

County News By Rachel Looker Citizens who committed low-level crimes in the state of Utah are getting a second chance to have a “clean slate” thanks to Salt Lake County and the passing of House Bill 431. Utah is the second state (after Pennsylvania) to pass an automatic expungement bill for eligible citizens who committed …

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County Eases Path to Housing for People with Arrest Records

Austin Weekly News By Michael Romain The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved a measure that makes it easier for people with arrest records to secure housing in the county. The board passed the “Just Housing” amendment as a new clause in the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance during a meeting on April 25. …

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Second Chance Month Q&A: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont

By CSG Justice Center Staff Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks with people inside the Cheshire Correctional Institute. This Second Chance Month, The Council of State Governments Justice Center staff asked governors from states across the country why reentry is important to them and the communities they govern. Below, find Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s reasons why …

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[Apply Now] Transforming Lives through Supported Employment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for FY 2019 Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grants. The purpose of the program is to support state and community efforts to refine, implement, and sustain evidence-based supported employment programs and mutually compatible and supportive evidence-based practices (e.g., …

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[Apply Now] Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration is now accepting applications for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants that promote evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions previously shown to achieve successful employment outcomes for justice-involved individuals, new interventions that theory or research suggests are promising, or a combination of both. Models must provide solutions to …

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“Ban the Box” Measures Help High Crime Neighborhoods

Many localities have in recent years regulated the use of questions about criminal history in hiring, or “banned the box.” This publication, from AEI, shows that these regulations increased employment of residents in high-crime neighborhoods by up to 4%, consistent with the central objective of these measures. This effect can be seen in both aggregate …

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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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