The ACLU submitted testimony to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about racial disparities in sentencing, and reported that disparities are highest among those sentenced to juvenile life without parole. Although Blacks make up approximately 13% of the overall population, more than 56% of those given JLWOP are Black (and there is evidence this percentage has increased in recent years).
Data demonstrates severe racial disparities in the arrest and sentencing of youth; in at least 10 states black youth arrested for murder are significantly more likely to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole than white youth arrested for the same crime.
The Society for Human Resource Management provides a summary of the pertinent issues related to fair chance hiring including, statistics; the importance of nature-time-nature (nature of offense, time passed since offense, and nature of job) assessments; and how the employment climate in the U.S. is changing to be more conducive to hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.
A report by the Trone Center for Justice & Equality provides examples of successful efforts by corporations and government leaders to promote fair chance policies for people with criminal histories, and provides a roadmap for businesses seeking to create and sustain fair chance policies, including “banning the box,” or removing criminal history questions from job applications.
All ICAN members are leaders, making a positive difference in their communities and nationally. Here we spotlight a handful of these extraordinary individuals, who are working in a range of fields, realizing their dreams.
This new report by the Brennan Center for Justice demonstrates that involvement with the criminal justice system can depress wages for the entirety of a career. Black and Latino Americans suffer these consequences most acutely, and the effects worsen for those convicted and imprisoned early in life.
Despite wanting to work, almost 30% of formerly incarcerated people are unemployed; higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any previous period, including the Great Depression. This perpetual labor market punishment creates a counterproductive system of release and poverty, hurting everyone involved: employers, taxpayers, and formerly incarcerated people looking to break the cycle. This article provides key policy solutions.
U.S. study during a period of high unemployment found unemployed participants had significantly worse perceived mental health profiles, were less likely to seek or have access to medical care compared to employed participants.