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Will a tight labor market make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to get hired?

"Second-chance hiring" is on the rise, but those with criminal records still face significant barriers to employment.
"Second-chance hiring" is on the rise, but those with criminal records still face significant barriers to employment.
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Program helps formerly incarcerated women launch tech careers

Dec 10, 2021
The goal is to help women find jobs that pay more than a minimum wage salary, with benefits.
Patricia Manning and the other nine women help each other out with rides to class, study groups and moral support. "I tell them all the time: We're going to get this," she said. "I say: We pray enough, we believe in each other, we believe in ourselves. I say: 'We got this.'"
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The struggle to treat kids at a juvenile justice facility

Dec 8, 2021
Conditions at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in Wisconsin were so bad that now, a federally appointed monitor oversees the facilities. As the number of kids there has declined, costs have gone up.
The Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools in Wisconsin house kids who have been sentenced to live there by a judge.
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Could we be doing more to help people on parole?

A former New Orleans parole officer reflects on what could be done better to help parolees stay out of jail and build new lives.
A truck is parked in front of a home in the historic Fauborg Marigny neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Money makes all the difference in prison

May 23, 2019
It can't buy freedom, but it bought one inmate some life-improving phone calls.
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Japan’s prisons are holding more older inmates

Feb 5, 2019
Japan’s population is aging rapidly. We’ve been looking into some of the ramifications of Japan’s aging population with our partners at the BBC. But living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living well. In Japan there is a bit of an old-age crime wave born out of desperation and poverty. Almost 20 percent of Japan’s prison population […]
An entrance of Tokyo's Fuchu Prison, Japan's biggest male-only correctional house.
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Study finds about half of formerly incarcerated people have only a GED or high school diploma

Oct 31, 2018
The study comes from the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonpartisan group that examines mass incarceration.
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Study finds about half of formerly incarcerated people have only a GED or high school diploma

Oct 31, 2018
The study comes from the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonpartisan group that examines mass incarceration.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California bail industry grapples with fallout from a new law

Sep 27, 2018
Starting next year, a judge, not ability to pay bail, will decide who remains jailed in the state before trial.
Bail companies posted nearly $1.75 billion in surety bonds with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County from May 2016 to May 2017, a recent report found. Above, an employee at Gotham Bail Bonds near downtown Los Angeles walks to her desk.
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Farm-to-table comes to a Louisiana jail

Feb 8, 2018
"Meals and food is the basic way that we show love and respect for one another," said the jail's warden, Catherine Fontenot. "And that’s what we need to show with people who have offended us the greatest."
one program that trains Licensed Vocational Nurses who work in rural areas for the state correctional system to be Registered Nurses
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