The number of Michigan offenders who return to prison has reached its lowest level since the state began recording three-year re-incarceration rates.
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The parenting program provides services for women in the months leading up to and following the birth of their child. It includes both pre- and post-natal support groups as well as mental and emotional support from staff members.
Daybreak’s new facility houses employment services and the Lindy & Company gourmet pet treats bakery, which is staffed and operated by homeless young people. In the lower level, YouthBuild has a lab to teach young people the building trades.
The Second Chance Job Fair was held at Job Service’s Bismarck office and included employers who indicated they were willing to consider hiring those with felony convictions. For the first time, Heberholz arranged for a handful of inmates at the North Dakota State Penitentiary to attend.
Increasingly, business leaders see hiring people with criminal records as the right thing to do for America—and for their companies. Formerly incarcerated workers are often hard-working and loyal and not looking to jump to another employer.
Environmental training programs can play a major role in transforming both the prison system and the communities most affected by the system. A prime example is San Quentin’s Insight Prison Garden Program. San Quentin partners with Planting Justice to provide master gardener training to inmates while they’re incarcerated, as well as to offer job placement after release.
A day for the inmates in the program starts at 5:30 a.m. when they take their dogs out for the morning walk. They spend the rest of the day training the dogs, cleaning kennels, feeding and bathing them. The day ends with the last walk at 9 p.m. Afterward, the pups are put in kennels at the foot of each inmate’s bed for the night.
In Denver, Colorado, Mile High WorkShop wants to be the first employer of record for a string of former inmates. Inside a 12,000-square-foot warehouse, those employees handle woodworking, sewing, and order fulfillment, and they manufacture ceramic components. In just two years, 50 people have moved through the company, with half finding permanent employment; just two have reoffended.
In a 2014 study by the National Endowment for the Arts called The Prison Arts Resource Project, the authors conducted an evaluation of 48 evidence-based studies that evaluated the impact of arts programs in U.S. prisons. Many of the studies found that inmates who participated in arts programs showed significant increases in motivation, self confidence, self-esteem, and work ethic.
“We don’t want to be draconian and bar people from having another chance in life. But we don’t want licenses to wind up in the hands of people who can do damage,” said Erica Moeser, the recently retired executive director of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which conducts applicant background checks for about half the states.