Reentry Media Clips

Use this filter to limit the search items below.
Page 2 of 68 results

Environmental Programs Grow a Better Prison System

Environmental training programs can play a major role in transforming both the prison system and the communities most affected by the system. A prime example is San Quentin’s Insight Prison Garden Program. San Quentin partners with Planting Justice to provide master gardener training to inmates while they’re incarcerated, as well as to offer job placement after release.

‘Prison Pups’ Go to Their Forever Homes

A day for the inmates in the program starts at 5:30 a.m. when they take their dogs out for the morning walk. They spend the rest of the day training the dogs, cleaning kennels, feeding and bathing them. The day ends with the last walk at 9 p.m. Afterward, the pups are put in kennels at the foot of each inmate’s bed for the night.

How Tech Firms Are Embracing Ex-prisoners

In Denver, Colorado, Mile High ­WorkShop wants to be the first employer of record for a string of former inmates. Inside a 12,000-square-foot warehouse, those employees handle woodworking, sewing, and order fulfillment, and they manufacture ceramic components. In just two years, 50 people have moved through the company, with half finding permanent employment; just two have reoffended.

Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated

In a 2014 study by the National Endowment for the Arts called The Prison Arts Resource Project, the authors conducted an evaluation of 48 evidence-based studies that evaluated the impact of arts programs in U.S. prisons. Many of the studies found that inmates who participated in arts programs showed significant increases in motivation, self confidence, self-esteem, and work ethic.

Are Felons Fit to Be Lawyers? Increasingly, the Answer Is Yes

“We don’t want to be draconian and bar people from having another chance in life. But we don’t want licenses to wind up in the hands of people who can do damage,” said Erica Moeser, the recently retired executive director of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which conducts applicant background checks for about half the states.

When Your Prison Becomes Your Paycheck

Cindy Stubbs is one of a small number of former prisoners who have returned to penitentiaries as employees after their release. At least 30 states have policies to allow such hiring, though they do not necessarily track how many they have brought aboard. But a few agencies are beginning to formalize programs, with the explicit goal of reducing the stigma that can follow ex-prisoners as they look for jobs.

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

The government doesn’t regularly collect data on employment for people with criminal records. But private-sector sources suggest that companies have become more willing to consider hiring them. Data from Burning Glass showed that 7.9 percent of online job postings indicated that a criminal-background check was required, down from 8.9 percent in 2014.