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Recent News Stories, Publications, and Resources

Featured Funding Opportunity

[Apply Now] Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL's) Employment and Training Administration is now accepting applications for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants that promote evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions that have been shown to achieve successful employment outcomes for people involved in the criminal justice system, new interventions that theory or research suggests are promising, or a combination of both. Models must provide solutions to improving workforce outcomes for people involved in the criminal justice system located in high-crime, high-poverty communities. Applicants must have a clear framework for delivering services and accomplishing performance goals and measures identified by DOL.

Applications are due by April 25.


Featured Resources 

New Report Shows “Ban the Box” Measures Help High Crime Neighborhoods

Many localities have in recent years regulated the use of questions about criminal history in hiring, or “banned the box.” This publication, from the American Enterprise Institute, shows that these regulations increased employment of residents in high-crime neighborhoods by up to 4 percent. This effect can be seen in both aggregate employment patterns for high-crime neighborhoods and in commuting patterns to workplace destinations with this type of ban. The increases are particularly large in the public sector and in lower-wage jobs. This is the first nationwide evidence that these policies do, indeed, increase employment opportunities in neighborhoods with many people who have criminal records.

Toolkit Helps California Students with Criminal Records Navigate Educational Landscape

Students with criminal records in California face barriers to certain jobs and licensed occupations, are often told there are no financial or other resources for them, and may require extra social support in an educational landscape that often fails to reflect their lived experiences. This toolkit, from Root and Rebound, provides a roadmap for currently enrolled and potential students in California to develop their educational and career plans.

Featured Media Clips

An Entrepreneur and His Ex-Cons: Meet the Former Gang Member Who Created a $10 Million Packaging Startup That Hires former Inmates
Forbes | California
Wisconsin Governor Evers Visits Job Center at Oakhill Correctional Institute
WMTV | Wisconsin
The Case for College Behind Bars
FutureEd | National
[Opinion] Prison Education: Making the Most of a Second Chance
Medium | National
Lawmakers Introduce Bill that Would Wipe Out Non-Violent Criminal Records for Low Level Offenses
The Denver Channel | Colorado
Gov. Bill Lee Announces Criminal Justice Reform Proposal, May Include Free College Education for Felons in Prison
The Tennessee Star | Tennessee
Would Expanded Criminal Background Checks Hurt Federal Job Applicants?
The Marshall Project | National
[Opinion] Life after Prison in Pennsylvania
The Daily Item | Pennsylvania

Administration Wants Federal Job Seekers to Disclose Participation in Diversion
Collateral Consequences Resource Center | National
Got a Criminal Record? Will Hire: Businesses Pledge to Give Formerly Incarcerated a Chance
USA Today | National
[Opinion] Bill Would Make It Illegal to Ask Federal Job Applicants about Convictions Early in the Process
The Washington Post | National
[Opinion] After 21 Years in Prison, An Ex-Offender Has a Job–and a Better Future
The Washington Post | Maryland
[Watch] JPMorgan Chase Wants to Hire More Ex-Felons
CNN | National
‘Fresh Start Act’ Seeks to Help Ex-Felons Gain Employment
WLBT | Mississippi
This roundup is produced with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.
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