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0A 2011 study of the formerly incarcerated found that employment was the single most important factor in decreasing recidivism. 11Mark T. Berg and Beth M. Huebner, “Reentry and the Ties that Bind: An Examination of Social Ties, Employment, and Recidivism, Justice Quarterly (28), 2011: 382-410.
0Recidivism rates were nearly cut in half for former inmates who have full-time jobs compared with those who are unemployed. 12Jake Cronin, Institute of Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
0Statewide rates of recidivism range from about 31% to 71%, but the recidivism rates for formerly incarcerated people who found employment shortly after their release is less than 9%. 13Real Clear Politics
0Employing 100 previously incarcerated will increase their lifetime earnings by $55 million. 14“Economic Benefits of Employing Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia, PA: Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, 2011.
0Employing 100 previously incarcerated people will increase their income tax contributions by $1.9 million and boost sales tax revenues by $770,000. 15“Economic Benefits of Employing Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia, PA: Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, 2011.
0Employing 100 previously incarcerated people will save millions of dollars annually by keeping them out of the criminal justice system. 16“Economic Benefits of Employing Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia, PA: Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, 2011.
0A study of “help wanted” advertisements in Virginia found that just 8.23% of employers were open to hiring an applicant with a record. 17Simone Ispa-Landa & Charles E. Loeffler, “Indefinite Punishment and the Criminal Record: Stigma Reports Among Expungement-seekers in Illinois,”54 Criminology 387(2016)
0Formerly incarcerated persons who maintained employment for one year post-release had only a 16% recidivism rate over three years as compared to a 52% recidivism rate for those who did not maintain employment. 18“Safer Foundation Three-Year Recidivism Study, 2008,” Chicago, IL: 2008.
0Hiring managers report that applicants can compensate for criminal records with their personalities and in-person contact with hiring authorities. 19Sarah Lageson, Mike Vuolo, and Chris Uggen, “Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records,” Law & Social Inquiry,2014.
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10 Facts About Prison to Employment Connection
0We collaborate with over 50 Bay Area employers and service providers (PEC Partners).
0PEC Partners come to the prison to conduct job interviews with inmates and provide feedback, support and connections for employment.
0We connect inmates with employers before they are released from prison.
0PEC Partners include Animal Care, Baking, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Hospitality, Janitorial & Maintenance, Screen Printing, Restaurant, Technology and Transportation.
0Data collected from our employer assessments report that 99% of the inmates who graduated from the program interview as well as, or better than, job candidates they typically interview.
085% of the inmates interviewed BETTER than job candidates the employers interview on the street.
0Upon completion of the program, most men experience hope and a new sense of promise for the future.
0PEC is planning a 3-year study to collect data on the relationship between our graduates and recidivism.
0Scott Kernan, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, has observed and is supportive of our program.
0To date, we have successfully graduated 164 men from the Prison to Employment Connection program.