Reentry and Employment

Each year, approximately 10 million people in the United States return to their communities from jail or prison. This makes up part of the estimated 70 million people in country who have an arrest or conviction record, the consequences of which can last much longer than the initial incarceration, especially with respect to employment.

The CSG Justice Center’s Reentry and Employment Project provides resources to corrections, workforce, and reentry administrators and practitioners navigating the coordinated planning and delivery of employment-related services for people returning to communities after incarceration. The project also provides strategies for engaging and educating employers on the benefits of hiring those with records, as well as familiarizes public- and private-sector leaders with state laws and policies regarding the consideration of criminal records in hiring processes.

Project Background and Acknowledgments

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s Reentry and Employment Project is supported by the leadership and support of a public-private partnership involving the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with guidance from the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor.