Reentry and Barriers to Employment

Lessons From Casey’s Investments

Posted November 19, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The job market can be brutal for formerly incarcerated adults, as well as their children and families, as they contend with instability and stress while struggling to secure employment.

This report covers the challenging terrains of incarceration, reentry and work. It draws on expert interviews, dozens of resources and two decades of strategic investments by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Readers will learn what employment barriers people commonly face after exiting prison or jail and how to help these individuals pursue — and maintain — family-supporting jobs.    

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The goal: connect formerly incarcerated individuals with employment

For two decades, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has made strategic investments aimed at improving opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals. These investments have focused on three areas: 1) analyzing and enhancing data on incarcerated people; 2) investigating state laws and regulations that restrict employment options for people with criminal records; and 3) developing a prison-to-work employment pipeline.