An estimated 70 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record, and the South is the region with the highest incarceration rates per capita. Research shows that having a steady job can significantly increase the likelihood of success for someone returning home from prison, but oftentimes such individuals can’t get jobs, not necessarily because they’re underqualified, but because employers are wary of hiring people who have criminal histories.
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Understanding the importance of employment in reentry success, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Reentry Task Force recently invited more than 30 employers, as well as a number of community leaders, policymakers, and corrections officials, to breakfast at The Commerce Club, where they talked about the obstacles to hiring people with criminal records and also the best ways to overcome those barriers.
“Returning citizens will tell you that not having a job is the biggest barrier to success,” said Barbara L. McQuade (pictured left), U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, at an employment event last month in Detroit. “If we don’t help them, it’s a recipe for recidivism.”
Santa Maria’s Path to Recovery Program, which received a 2013 Second Chance Act mentoring grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, has been serving women in the Houston area since 2011.
In its hiring process, Greyston doesn’t ask applicants background questions, including questions about criminal records. People interested in working at the bakery fill out an application, and are placed on a wait list until entry-level positions become available.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy is now accepting applications for its 2015 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program. The weeklong program, held October 29–November 4, is designed for professionals who want to learn how to improve outcomes for youth who are involved in multiple systems of care, particularly juvenile justice and child welfare systems, by improving systems collaboration.
The U.S. Department of Labor is now accepting applications for Workforce Innovation Fund grants to promote system reforms and innovations that facilitate cooperation across programs to improve employment outcomes, cost effectiveness, and delivery of customer-centered services to job seekers, youth, and employers.
Offered by the National Fatherhood Initiative, this program—designed for individuals who work with or wish to work with fathers and families in communities—provides online training around five core competency areas on effective father engagement.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $750,000 to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes for a 36-month project period. The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of individuals through technology-based career training.
During this webinar, experts provide an overview of an easy-to-use toolkit designed to help organizations improve the financial literacy of clients who are identified as low-income or vulnerable, including those who are returning to the community from incarceration.
This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
This webinar shares approaches for building positive relationships between mentors and participants, including the importance of communication skills, problem-solving strategies, and conflict management tools.
This podcast episode from DC Public Safety Radio examines the Employer-Driven Employment Model, a new framework developed by the National Institute of Corrections that aims to help improve employment outcomes for job seekers who have criminal records.
In this webinar panelists share with participants the most recent research on how to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for juveniles who have committed sexual offenses, and provide a practical example of how the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is working to achieve these goals.
This interactive map from the Legal Action Center provides state-by-state profiles on the health system and health care coverage options available in each state and in the District of Columbia.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association and the National Criminal Justice Association have launched an online resource that contains toolkits on evidence-based practices.
This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice discusses court-imposed legal fees incurred by a substantial number of individuals who become involved with the criminal justice system, and the impact of such fees
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice shows how the cost of operating jails is even higher than perceived. The report emphasizes the importance of capturing all costs associated with operating a local correctional facility, including those that may not be reflected in the jail budget.
This toolkit from Californians for Safety and Justice describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women. It is designed to provide sheriffs’ departments, probation departments, practitioners, and other leaders with a blueprint for addressing the needs of women under local supervision
The U.S. Labor Department has awarded the state and Detroit a $5-million grant aimed at helping ex-offenders who’ve served their time get back into the workforce.
A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, will focus on 20 people with serious mental illness — or a mental disorder paired with one relating to drug and alcohol use — who have cycled in and out of the criminal justice, behavioral health and homeless services systems.
A transition program at Cook County Jail offers mental health counseling and education to inmate with mental illness, while connecting them to possible job sources in the community and the services they would need on the outside to keep them up on their medications.
Developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a formula which assesses an individual’s likelihood of committing another crime, or skipping a court date, can help judges make decisions around bail. After two years of testing, the formula, developed at a cost of $1.2 million is being rolled out to 21 more jurisdictions, including states like Arizona and New Jersey and cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh.
The Crime Report By Ted Gest As support for criminal justice reform has spread, many states have left the federal government behind when it comes to reducing their prison populations. There were 208,598 federal inmates as of yesterday, dwarfing the […]
The Obama administration has committed to helping formerly incarcerated youth and adults successfully transition back into their communities.
The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding $59 million to nonprofit organizations to develop or expand programs to improve the employment opportunities for adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system.
What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids.
A bipartisan group of top senators, led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is making headway on a sentencing reform compromise to release prisoners with good behavior early and to reduce some mandatory minimums.
Alabama will become one of the last states to override the ban and allow felony drug offenders to receive food stamps and temporary cash payments with the passage of a comprehensive prison reform bill during the 2015 legislative session. None of the bill’s provisions can go into effect in 2016, though, until the Legislature appropriates $26 million to fund the bill’s other reform measures.