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The Importance of Reentry and Employment The Formerly Incarcerated

After being incarcerated, one of the toughest challenges people face is transitioning smoothly back into the workforce. Newly released individuals face a variety of difficulties trying to assimilate back into society, especially when it comes to being hired.

Although those with criminal records tend to be less likely to voluntarily quit their jobs, and still may be deemed reliable, the dark cloud of a criminal record prevents them from transitioning to a better life faster due to employers not wanting to hire them based on personal and professional biases.

Each year, over 500,000 people are being released from prisons with 34% of the newly released being black men. The lack of a proper and reliable rehabilitation system leaves these same black men into a repeating cycle of crime, thus, encouraging them to be placed back into prison, and not assimilate into society as freed citizens. A quarter million of people are being released back into the world with little to no idea of what may be next for their lives.

Studies show that most black men between the ages 25-54 who are unemployed, have a criminal record. Background checks have made it even more difficult to land employment, which can be a direct influence to seek alternative methods of income. Men want to provide for their household in order to meet the basic needs for themselves and their families.

The pressure to do well in society increases tremendously when resources aren’t readily available that allow for newly released individuals to enter competitive work environments that pay enough to be able to afford their living expenses. The rehabilitation system has proven over time that something isn't quite working the way it needs to, as some individuals find themselves depending on government assistance years after being released from prison.

So, if government aided programs don't seem to work as well, what other resources are available to smoothen the transition for the recently incarcerated? We’ve compiled a list of the top four organizations dedicated to assisting recent incarcerated individuals in transitioning to a better life after incarceration.

Constructing Hope-

Constructing Hope is a nonprofit organization that assists in training and employment within the construction industry for the unemployed, recently incarcerated, and people of color. It’s mission is to provide reentry services to the workforce through a youth summer program, which in turn, also assists the construction with its hiring needs.

Hope For Prisoners- Las Vegas, NV

Hope for Prisoners offers a variety of training programs for men, women and young adults to rebuild and strengthen the skills necessary for employment readiness, leadership development,

and success throughout the reintegration process. The program provides access to workshops to assist in building self-esteem, boundary-setting, and for those involved to learn about banking, budgeting, job searching and more.

Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)- Houston and Dallas, TX

Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) connects recently incarcerated individuals with entrepreneurs, executives, and MBA students to rehabilitate convicted felons back into society. PEP focuses on providing mentorship for convicted individuals to provide them with a fresh start to a new life.

Work Faith- Houston, TX

Work Faith strives to provide faith-based training and coaching for individuals who desire long-term employment. The program tackles unemployment through a series of coaching and coursework designed to do more than provide employment, but to also interview practice, career guidance and coaching.

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