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Op-Ed How Californias job standards worsen recidivism California has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country: Fifty-eight percent of individuals released from prison end up back in the system within three years, compared with the national average of 40% when excluding California, according to a 2011 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Although there are a host of reasons for this unfortunate distinction, one is that the Golden State government makes it unusually difficult for its struggling residents to find jobs. (Posted January 2017)

More Employers Hiring People with Criminal Backgrounds As the economy improves, its becoming more difficult for employers to recruit and hire qualified employees. This is nudging organizations to take another look at job applicants who have been incarcerated... (Posted September 2016)

Justice Department Will Phase Out Its Use Of Private Prisons U.S. Justice Department officials plan to phase out their use of private prisons to house federal inmates, reasoning that the contract facilities offer few benefits for public safety or taxpayers (Posted September 2016)

Small Business Administration Partners with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Justine PETERSEN to Launch $2.1 Million in Entrepreneurship Training and Microloans for Previously Incarcerated Citizens (Posted August 2016)

Local Re-Entry Program Shows Promise for Inmates People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes... (Posted August 2016)

Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration Every year, more than 11 million people move through Americas 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year... (Posted July 2016)

Guide to the California Mental Health and Addiction Rehab Landscape California residents battle addiction and substance abuse at rates higher than Americans in general, as 10.43 percent of Californians reported past-month illicit drug use in 2010, compared to the national average of 8.82 percent... (Posted July 2016)