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Viewpoint: Give Second Chance a Chance

At the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. made it clear that second-chance employment—hiring employees with a conviction history—is a SHRM priority and initiative.

Homegirl Cafe Offers ‘Platos’ by Ex-Gang Members with Hope

Trainees learn all aspects of culinary arts while developing social skills that create tender encounters with visitors. In addition to job training, the former gang members can take advantage of tattoo removal, anger management classes and drug treatment.

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.

De Blasio ‘Jails to Jobs’ Program Launches

Jails to Jobs is a component of the mayor’s ten-year plan to shutter the city jails on Rikers Island by reducing the jail population, combating recidivism, and opening or expanding modern borough-based facilities.