Report and Recommendations to New York State on Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated People
- Organization: Independent Committee on Reentry and Employment
- Document Type: Report
- Creation Date: Monday, November 06, 2006
- Submitted: Monday, November 06, 2006
- Attachment: PDF
The issue of reentry and reintegration of persons with criminal records has become a public policy concern of national importance. Every year, over 600,000 Americans are released from prisons across the country. Two-thirds of these individuals are rearrested within three years. While many of the laws enacted in the 1980s and 1990s were designed to promote public safety, they failed to anticipate the consequences for formerly incarcerated people and the general public when, decades later, those who were imprisoned would be released. The failure to plan for their reintegration has directly contributed to and will continue to perpetuate other devastating societal problems, including unemployment, poverty, crime, broken families, substance abuse and homelessness.
The Independent Committee on Reentry and Employment proposes solutions to the problem of reintegration in New York State. We believe our recommendations will promote public safety and successful reintegration by enhancing employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers.