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How to Help Former Inmates Find Jobs

July 11, 2011 09:45:42 am

Every year, more than nine million Americans are released from our prisons and jails. Without employment, they are more likely to end up back behind bars. A new toolkit offers employers ways to successfully hire and retain these individuals.

Because two-thirds of our incarcerated individuals are non-white, the toolkit, created by The Fortune Society and the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Justice, suggests that career counseling and human relations services make extra effort to employ a diverse workforce and to make cultural self-assessment a part of the culture of the workplace.

The toolkit also suggests that, like groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, which use former addicts to assist those who are currently struggling, reentry agencies and other human relations groups hire former inmates who have been out of the system many years and can serve as role models.

Read The Crime Report for more information on Prisoner Reentry.

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