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Opinion: Businesses Can’t Find People to Hire. So Why Is Unemployment Still so High for This Demographic?

Researchers at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law studied data on approximately 250,000 applicants for sales and customer service jobs in the U.S. and found that ex-offenders who secured jobs were no more likely to be fired than non-offenders in the same positions. We’re also less likely to quit, making turnover amongst people with criminal records lower than typical employees.

A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time

Last September, Rob and Diane Perez opened DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant that not only hires people in treatment for addiction to opioids or other substances, but also focuses its entire business model on recovery, using the restaurant setting as a tool for rehabilitation.

How to Reduce Incarceration? Change Prosecutors’ Incentives

Sending someone to prison in Pennsylvania costs around $42,000 a year by conservative estimates. So if a prosecutor is requesting a five-year sentence, they would have to justify not only an approximate $210,000 cost to taxpayers but also the decision to interrupt the convicted person’s connection to family, employment, and access to public benefits.

Workforce Advocates in Arizona Host First Ever Employer Reentry Forum

“Employers can provide a real second chance to those who’ve paid their debt to society,” said Tim Roemer, Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Advisor to the governor. “It makes our communities safer, it’s a better deal for our taxpayers and it is the right thing to do.”

Learning Violin Helped Me Survive Prison

At the prison there was a program called Musicambia that brings teachers in every week for music theory and performance classes. I went to one of their concerts, and was struck dumb. I saw guys I knew talking and living it up.

Opinion: Vermont Leads the Way on Juvenile Justice Reform

Vermont recently became the first state in the 119-year history of America’s youth court to allow 18- and 19-year-olds to be treated in the juvenile justice system. The goal is to increase public safety and the evidence from research indicates that this approach has the potential to be a game-changer in a field in desperate need of innovation.