Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City is making significant investments in programs that serve formerly incarcerated individuals, providing critical jobs, training, and support to nearly 2,200 individuals, more than doubling the 900 served in 2011. This is part of the Administration’s coordinated effort to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals and support their reentry into society.
“Serving time in jail or prison should not mean that you forfeit your opportunity to turn your life around. Formerly incarcerated individuals who have paid their debt and are willing to work hard deserve a second chance at success,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This is why I have made significant investments in programs that give formerly incarcerated individuals the jobs, training, and support they need to return to their communities.”
Since taking office the Emanuel Administration has made significant investments in providing jobs and training to the formerly incarcerated. In 2014, City programs will serve nearly 2200 formerly incarcerated individuals, more than double the 900 served in 2011. These programs include:
"You had that watershed moment where you made a decision, but on the other side there was someone to help you," said Congressman Danny Davis. "If they get help, the recidivism rate goes down and can go down by practically nothing if the person has a job."
In partnership with State Senator Patricia Van Pelt the City has successfully fought to triple the state employer tax incentive for hiring formerly incarcerated individuals from $600 per hire to $1,500 per hire.
"Providing the formerly incarcerated with the jobs, skills, and support they need to become productive members of their communities is common sense," said Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago), "These programs and incentives will help us rebuild neighborhoods, strengthen families and ensure opportunities for all residents.”
Mayor Emanuel also announced that the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will launch a pilot family reunification program in partnership with reentry providers that will allow 50 formerly incarcerated individuals to move back into CHA housing over the next three years. This pilot program will connect rehabilitated formerly incarcerated individuals who are stable and on a path to self-sufficiency to move in with their family members in Public Housing.
Photo courtesy of Brooke Collins - City of Chicago