On March 14, part of Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018, by Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and Wendy Sawyer, Senior Policy Analyst, read, “The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. Every year, 626,000 people walk out of prison gates, but people go to jail 10.6 million times each year.”
On April 4, not directly related…but definitely relevant…to these statistics, a USDOL/ETA News Release reported, “The Administration is committed to reducing recidivism and breaking the cycle of crime to make American communities safer. As part of that effort, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced an $82.5 million investment to help Americans exit incarceration and integrate into the workforce.”
Continuing with, “Helping individuals successfully transition from incarceration into family-sustaining jobs will reduce crime and recidivism, lift families out of poverty, and promote America’s economic growth”, the Release indicated that USDOL intends to support communities in implementing comprehensive reentry programs and invest in rural- and urban-serving organizations, including women’s and minority organizations, state or local governments, and eligible Indian or Native American entities.
All KRA workforce-development programs provide Career Services for WIOA- and TANF-eligible jobseekers, regardless of their justice-involved status. However, targeted programs like New Beginnings—funded by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, operated by the KRA San Diego Region Metro Centers, and supported by the San Diego Re-Entry Roundtable Employment Committee—successfully assist formerly incarcerated customers as they transition back to the workplace.