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Posted on October 29, 2019 at 11:09 AM by Janet Lo
Formerly incarcerated individuals, like all people, need stable jobs to support themselves, their loved ones, and to strengthen communities. But these individuals are unemployed at a rate of over 27%. Research shows they want to work but face structural barriers to securing employment.
Fortunately, Shelby County Government has an initiative to help decrease this number. FOCUSED is a 14-16 week training program provided by the Shelby County Office of Reentry to assist those with a criminal background transition smoothly into the workforce. The Office of Justice Initiatives' Pretrial office is partnering to ensure a number of spots for their clients so they can be prepared to earn livable wages.
Vocational programs provided include:
For more information on how you can help someone with a criminal history, call 901-222-4550 or email them at email@example.com, or call the Office of Justice Initiatives at 901-222-4000.
Tag(s): Pretrial, October 2019, Justice