The Reentry and Employment Project

Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that for people released from prison or jail, employment can be a gateway to successful reentry. However, the barriers that millions of adults with criminal records face as they seek to enter the U.S. workforce are extensive and well documented. The Reentry and Employment Project was developed to provide policymakers and practitioners with the resources and tools they need to help improve reentry and employment outcomes for individuals with criminal histories. The project website provides access to a toolkit of helpful information for professionals working to improve employment and reentry outcomes for individuals with criminal records, as well as the latest resources that build from recommendations outlined in the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper.

The White Paper
The Toolkit
The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper provides guidance to policymakers, agency and program administrators, and practitioners working in reentry and workforce development fields on how to develop collaborative projects and maximize their investments aimed at shared public safety and workforce development goals.

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The Reentry and Employment Toolkit provides information, tools, and educational resources for policymakers, practitioners, employers and job seekers that can be used to foster the growth of innovative reentry and workforce development partnerships, as well as to understand related legal and policy related issues.

Sections include:

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"Pathways to Prosperity" Resources

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What Employers Need to Know: 
5 Essential Elements for Fair Hiring

This document from the Legal Action Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Workrights Institute provides guidance to employers and summarizes recommendations discussed in LAC’s recently released report, Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring.

Project Background and Acknowledgments

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s Reentry and Employment Project was initiated to help corrections, workforce, and reentry administrators and practitioners navigate the complex issues related to coordinated planning and service delivery. This work is being conducted with the leadership and support of a public-private partnership involving the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with guidance from the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor. 

To read more about the Background, the Reentry and Employment Project Advisory Group, and the Knowledge Development Steering Committee, click here.