Understanding and addressing challenges associated with putting people with criminal records on pathways to employment requires a two-way dialogue between business leaders and government officials.
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.
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- Developing an Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategy
- Addressing Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Criminal Records
To learn more about the toolkit, click here.
"Pathways to Prosperity" Resources
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is accepting applications for jurisdictions interested in becoming pilot sites to test the strategies outlined in the recently released Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness white paper.
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.
- Solicitation for Employment Retention Specialist Training Curriculum
- TAKING ACTION: Continuing the “Pathways to Prosperity” Conversation in Your Jurisdiction
- Call for Applications for the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Project
- Register Now for Webinar: “The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports”
- Heartland Summit 2014
- Business Executives and Government Officials Convene at White House
- Strategies for Improving Reentry and Employment Outcomes Highlighted at Conference Workshop
- Nebraska Joins Growing Number of States to Pass “Ban the Box”
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Federal Trade Commission Release Documents on Background Checks for Employers and Jobseekers
- Launch of Fair Employment Opportunities Project
- Reentry and Employment White Paper, Pilot Site Opportunity
- Employment Strategies for Populations Experiencing Homelessness: Veterans and Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
- Putting Our Communities Back to Work: Creating Access to Opportunity through “Targeted Hire” and “Ban the Box” Policies
- Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: Employment for People in Recovery