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Back to work: San Francisco reduces unfair barriers to employment

Earlier this month, San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to implement a Fair Chance Ordinance promoting fair hiring policies among both public and private employers. 

A day in the life of Patsy Jackson a NoVA Case Manager

Patsy Jackson has been a case manager with NoVA for two years. Patsy helps her clients succeed by minimizing barriers to reentry and facilitating reintegration in their families and communities.

Justice-Involved Californians Deserve a Second Chance at Success

Applying for a job is tough, particularly in this challenging economic climate. For those Californians with a criminal history, the obstacles for getting employment often appear insurmountable.

Reentry barriers: employment and the technology divide

How do you prepare for work in an office environment if you've never used a computer? Many Bay Area residents struggle to find employment after decades of incarceration. 

Reengaging disconnected youth in a tough economy
While effects of the recent recession and slow economic rebound on the U.S. labor market have been well documented, less attention has been paid specifically to youth unemployment and its potential long-term impacts .  The rate of employment for 16-19 year-olds in the U.S. has dropped 42% since 2000, leaving 3 of 4 such youth jobless.  Even brief spells of youthful unemployment can cause what the Economist calls "wage scars "--decreased earning power lasting well into workers' adult years. …
Securing employment for ex-offenders, locally
An estimated 25 % of all Californian's have a criminal record, many landing in San Francisco, where rate of unemployment among ex-offenders is disproportionately high.  Even though San Francisco, and other cities, including Berkeley and Oakland, have "Banned-the-box, " meaning employers can no longer inquire at the application phase about past criminal convictions, barriers still exist for this particular population.  For instance, many employers still conduct background checks , often using…
San Francisco may bar employers, landlords from asking about arrests, convictions
San Francisco may bar employers, landlords from asking about arrests, convictions Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2011
Dropping Out and Crime
It has become a truism that there is a close connection between school failure and juvenile crime, as demonstrated by literally hundreds of studies over the past 100 years.  As if to remind us once again, here comes yet another study, this one by the California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara.  As reported in today's Los Angeles Times , dropping out of school costs the state $1.1 billion each year and if we decreased the number of dropouts by half it would save $550 million per…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 6, Number 1 - Spring 2009
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Myth of a Fair Criminal Justice System The Imprisonment Insights of Female Inmates: Identity & Cognitive Shifts for Exiting a Criminal Lifestyle Predictors of recidivism across major age groups of parolees in Texas Incentives and Obstacles to Drug Court Implementation: Observations of Drug Court Judges and Administrators Criminal Record Policies and Private Employers From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D., and Randall G. Shelden,…

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