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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

Supporting Second Chances: Education and Employment Strategies for People Returning from Correctional Facilities

Jobs for the Future

With more than 2 million people incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 people transitioning out of state and federal correctional facilities each year, there is an urgent need to do more to help reintegrate both youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system back into their communities and become productive members of society. Research indicates that full-time employment is one of the primary predictors of their success. This brief highlights strategies for expanding education and employment pathways and offers specific policy and program priorities to help improve the ability of former inmates to make a smooth transition by connecting them with these pathways. It is part of a series from JFF’s conference Bridging the Gap: Postsecondary Pathways for Underprepared Learners.

If you'd like to get more involved in helping former prisoners transition to work, or engage in dialogue about other special populations, join us in June for our national summit.

See the other briefs in this series: