WHERE: The Dallas Foundation – Old Parkland, 3963 Maple Avenue, Ste. 390, Dallas
Every year, hundreds of thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals renter their communities hoping to make a fresh start. Research has established that finding employment – which brings needed income and structure – is the most important factor in successful re-entry. Returning individuals face substantial hurdles in securing work including limited resumes, employer perceptions regarding those who have served time in prison, and legal restrictions that limit the hiring of individuals with certain classes of convictions. As a result, recidivism rates are high as formerly incarcerated individuals are left with few options for family-supporting employment. Given the disproportionate rate of incarceration among African Americans and Latinos, the inability to successfully re-enter the community also disproportionately affects communities of color already suffering from low-levels of wealth and income.
Despite the challenges, there are promising interventions. Join us to learn about programs and strategies that funders can support in North Texas to help the formerly incarcerated make fresh starts through gainful employment.
- Richard Miles, Founder, Miles of Freedom
- Stephen Fucile, Executive Relations Manager, Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)
- Kristi Bernstein, Foundation Director, The Hersh Foundation
Learn more: Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)
Contact Julie Morris to register.