Restrictive hiring practices contribute to mass incarceration. There are many steps employers can take to ease employment barriers for people with criminal records. A number of these “fair chance employment” practices can even result in a tax credit or other benefit.
The Locking Up Our Own Teaching Guide is a series of free, detailed lesson guides on topics such as police diversity, the war on drugs, mandatory minimum sentences, the school-to-prison pipeline, and more. Each topic is independent, so teachers can each one, some, or all of the topics.
Faith-based organizations can and do play a big role in the reentry process by facilitating access to transitional housing, substance abuse treatment, food, medical care, and much more. It is easier than you think for your religious community to get involved.
Quality prison education programs combat isolation, foster dialogue across social barriers, and reduce recidivism. Learn about some of the ways to get involved.