Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

July 5, 2018

Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. "I don't want to go back to that,” Davis said. “But I need to work, to make a living."

Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

May 30, 2018

This tip sheet offers suggestions on how organizations and agencies that provide support to people who have criminal records can engage employers in conversations about hiring people who have criminal records, which will help improve the employment outcomes of the people they serve.

Reentry Essentials: An Overview of Employment and Correctional Education

People who have been incarcerated earn 40 percent less annually than they had earned prior to incarceration and are likely to have less upward economic mobility over time than those who have not been incarcerated, according to a 2010 report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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.

Santa Cruz Employers Discuss ‘Building Futures’ that Involve Hiring People with Criminal Records

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.

NRRC Projects

Reentry and Employment

Uniting business leaders, policymakers, and practitioners from the corrections and workforce development fields with the goal of improving reentry and employment outcomes for individuals with criminal histories.

Second Chance Act Technology Career Training Grant Program

This grant program helps state, local government agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes to establish programs to train individuals in prisons, jails, or juvenile residential facilities for technology-based jobs and careers.

Key Resources

Hosting an Employer Engagement Event

This toolkit is designed to help businesses, public agencies, and community organizations plan and execute local dialogues about hiring people with criminal records.

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Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness

This white paper was written to address the challenges that service providers cannot successfully serve every adult on probation or leaving prison or jail who needs a job. It can help policymakers, system administrators, and practitioners collaboratively determine whether resources are focused on the right people, with the right interventions, at the right time.

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Clean Slate Clearinghouse

This website provides people with criminal records, legal service providers, and state policymakers with information on juvenile and adult criminal record clearance policies in all U.S. states and territories.

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National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction

This website provides a searchable database of the collateral consequences in all U.S. Jurisdictions.

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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.

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