Every one of New York City’s estimated 8,500 [incarcerated individuals] sentenced to time in city jails will leave with guaranteed, minimum-wage, short-term jobs likes cooks, restaurant bussers, or construction flaggers under a policy by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The aim is to reduce recidivism, he said.READ MORE
Mayor de Blasio announced that by the end of this year, every person in the Department of Correction’s custody will receive re-entry services to help connect them with jobs and opportunities outside of jail, as well as five hours of programming per day during their stay to address vocational, educational, and therapeutic needs.READ MORE
The state Department of Corrections plans to bar visitors from bringing packages to [incarcerated individuals] to cut down on contraband being brought inside, the Daily News has learned.
Instead, clothing, books and canned foods will have to be sent through “approved secure vendors."
More than 650,000 [incarcerated individuals] are released every year in the U.S., but no federal agency tracks the unemployment rate for this population. Experts say low reading and technological literacy, as well as reluctance among employers to hire formerly [incarcerated individuals], means many drop out of the labor force altogether.READ MORE
Another amazing thing about working at a professional commercial kitchen is that they are involved in helping others by bringing in interns from The Fortune Society.READ MORE