This self-assessment helps programs gauge their capacity to provide integrated reentry and employment interventions, including work readiness, to people with varying risks and needs. The tool helps reentry practitioners identify opportunities to build the capacity of their programming and services, which, in turn, can better prepare participants for employment and decrease their likelihood of returning to incarceration.
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."
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction
This website provides a searchable database of the collateral consequences in all U.S. jurisdictions. Collateral consequences are legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions that limit or prohibit people with criminal records from accessing employment, occupational licensing, housing, voting, education, and other opportunities.Read More
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