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Report Encourages Businesses to Hire Formerly Incarcerated



A report released last week by the San Diego Workforce Partnership explores the link between systemic racism, criminal justice, and economic opportunity. Some of the most interesting findings include:

  • The average cost to incarcerate an individual in California is $75,000–greater than the tuition, room and board cost to send someone to Harvard University for the year.

  • 74 million Americans have criminal records—about as many as have college degrees.

  • 20% of entry-level hires at Johns Hopkins Medicine have a criminal record. A five-year study of 500 individuals found lower turnover and zero problematic terminations. In their words, hiring these workers is “not a charitable endeavor but a strategic part of the way we conduct our business.”

  • Participants of the in-jail career centers, located within the East Mesa Reentry Facility and Los Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, saw a 72% decrease in recidivism versus those that did not use the career centers.

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