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Reentry and Employment Roundup

Recent news stories, publications, and resources

New Report Combines Data Analyses, Case Studies to Help States Reach Public Safety Goals

The CSG Justice Center recently released a first-of-its-kind, web-based resource that combines extensive data analyses, case studies, and recommended strategies from all 50 states to help policymakers address their state’s specific public safety challenges. View the report.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham Alabama

Byron Davis used the end of his sentence to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community. 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.”

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For the Record: Candid Conversations about Criminal Record Clearance—Episode 3, Bettie Kirkland

Bettie Kirkland, the executive director of Project Return in Nashville, joins the For the Record podcast to discuss her organization’s work connecting hundreds of people who have criminal records to employment each year and reflects on what it means to ensure they have a chance at success. Listen here. 

ICYMI: Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

This webinar is especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners that are interested in maximizing scarce resources and improving recidivism and employment outcomes. Watch here. 

Upcoming Webinars

Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People with Criminal Records
The National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and The Council of State Governments
Thursday, Aug. 9
Effectively Engaging the Community in Juvenile Record Clearance
The Clean Slate Clearinghouse
Wednesday, Aug. 22

In the News

Offering Inmates a Second Chance through Degree Pathways
Education Dive | National

At Georgia's Arrendale State Prison, Women Inmates Forge Bond by Keeping Bees
Atlanta Magazine | Georgia

Homegirl Cafe Offers 'Platos' by Ex-Gang Members with Hope
Associated Press | California

License to Clip: A Movement to Let the Formerly Incarcerated Cut Hair and Drive Taxis Is Gaining Ground
The Marshall Project | National

Opinion: Businesses Can't Find People to Hire. So Why Is Unemployment Still so High for This Demographic?
NBC News | National
A Restaurant Take on the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time
The New York Times | National

De Blasio 'Jails to Jobs' Program Launches
Gotham Gazette | New York

Workforce Advocates in Arizona Host First Ever Employer Reentry Forum
Chamber Business News | Arizona

Criminal Records behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed
The New York Times | New York

Viewpoint: Give Second Chance a Chance
Society for Human Resource Management | National
This roundup is produced with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.
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