Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to Help Chambers Implement Fair Hiring Practices in their Communities
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a $500,000 contract to help support businesses in hiring people with criminal records. The proposal was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center in a competitive process from a pool of more than 60 applicants.
Access to employment is a critical component of the support that research says helps keep people from returning to the criminal justice system, as a steady job provides financial resources and social connections that build motivation.
Several presenters at the event pointed to the SmartHire program—a public-private partnership funded by the State of California and Santa Cruz County that pre-screens and subsidizes qualified candidates for their first six months on the job—as an incentive for employers to hire people with records.
LOCKED OUT: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth
This issue brief provides state and local policymakers with policy and practice recommendations to improve college and career readiness for incarcerated youth.Read More