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

"This brief highlights strategies for strengthening education and employment pathways for youth and adults returning from correctional facilities and notes key questions that new research should answer. It also explores barriers to employment for people with criminal records-whether or not they have been incarcerated-and potential policy solutions" (p. 1). Sections cover: barriers to finding work; whether prison education works; adults need education and training to find jobs after prison-reentry education must begin behind bars, after release, reentry specialists help ex-offenders find housing and jobs, growing number of cities and states "Ban the Box" on job applications, and policy recommendations to help increase successful reentry; youth prison programs need attention and policy recommendations for youth; and where to go from here.