Improving Re-entry Programs to Expand Employment Opportunities

Los Angeles County is working to place 50,000 formerly incarcerated residents into jobs that will help them reintegrate into the community. FUSE Fellow Alex-Handrah Aimé will help L.A. County develop and implement a strategy to expand services so that tens of thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals can attain high-quality jobs with local employers over the next five years. She will also develop a comprehensive marketing and outreach plan to get commitments from businesses to work with the county in implementing this initiative by outlining the advantages of hiring these residents.

Her efforts are the cornerstone of a goal for Los Angeles County to place tens of thousands of formerly incarcerated residents into jobs that will help them reintegrate into the community. It’s an ambitious challenge, given the stigma in hiring people who have been incarcerated, as well as the skills gap in vacant positions.

In order to better serve this population, the Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services agency, in partnership with the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, is looking to expand access to crucial support services for employment, training, mental health, health care, housing and substance abuse so that these residents will be better prepared to find a job. Alex’s work along these lines is helping ensure that this population has a chance to improve their lives and contribute to their community.

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