The Next Step in Getting Felons on the Right Path and Into the Workplace

The biggest feather in the Koch network’s cap from 2018 was the passage of the First Step Act, a long-debated package of criminal justice reforms and prison anti-recidivism programs. The legislation aimed to ensure that a felon’s first trip to prison would be their last, and that felons can get education and training behind bars, and move into legitimate jobs that would turn them into taxpaying independent citizens, instead of a burden to taxpayers behind bars.

The next step, announced today at the Koch network’s winter meeting, is a “getting back to work initiative” designed to follow up on the legislation, launched in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, the trade association for human resources employees. The initiative will inform businesses on how to recruit, hire, and keep employees who were previously incarcerated.

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