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Highlighting leading practices, policies, and approaches in reentry workforce.


Impact of Federal Policy Changes on the Justice-Impacted Workforce

Pell Grants, Medicaid & Reentry Workforce 
In recent years, efforts have aimed to increase access to opportunities for justice-impacted job seekers. 
In 2020, Congress passed the FAFSA Simplification Act, reinstating Pell Grant access for incarcerated individuals in eligible prison education programs. Additionally, Medicaid now covers certain health services for individuals before their release, facilitating smoother reentry and connections to community-based providers. These policy changes and workforce initiatives are helping to “normalize opportunity” for justice-impacted job seekers. 
In this webinar we will hear from three experts in education, healthcare, and workforce development. The presenters will highlight the opportunities that are being created due to the changes and provide strategies to navigate the challenges. 

John Sawyer, Senior Consultant, Health and Reentry Project
Brandi Mandato, Senior Director, Center For Justice and Economic Advancement, JFF
Amanda Nowak, Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice


  • June 7

  • 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Previous Thought Leadership Sessions

Session 11: The Role of the Federal Government

March 8th, 2024. NRWC strives to improve communication and connections between reentry stakeholders and federal agencies. Join our webinar, where federal department representatives discuss state and local programs for justice-involved individuals, and ways for community organizations to partner with the government.

Session 10: Employment Pathway in the Health System

December 1st, 2023. During this webinar, we explored how Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest employer and healthcare system, developed Pathway to Employment (PTE). This innovative work-based learning program equips individuals affected by the criminal legal system with the skills and connections needed to secure employment in this rapidly expanding industry.

Session 9: Holistic Reentry Models

June 9th, 2023. In this webinar, we will hear from practitioners who will share the benefits of taking a person-centered approach, how this impacts the overall outcomes for their participants. We will also hear from individuals directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and their experiences receiving reentry workforce services.

Session 8: Understanding the Implications of Background Checks

March 31st, 2023. In this panel, you will hear from experts who will share the basics about background checks, how to assess candidates, and resources & tools to ensure your organization is complying with employment law around background checks.

Session 7: Solutions to Collateral Consequences

December 9th, 2022. The panelist take a critical look at recent policies and practices that are being implemented across the country to break down barriers to success for people with criminal records.

Session 6: Why Fair Chance Hiring

June 3, 2022. Three companies that practice Second (Fair) Chance hiring. They share what motivates them to take this approach, the unique benefits, and challenges they encounter in championing fair chances.

Session 5: Economic Mobility for People Impacted by the Justice System

Explore strategies and approaches that have proven to help people who have been impacted by the justice system to get on a path towards economic mobility.

Session 4: Effective Employer Engagement

December 3, 2021. Effective strategies for building transformative relationships with employers that result in career and economic mobility for people impacted by the justice system.

Session 3: Collaborating for Impact

September 17, 2021. Three organizations taking different approaches to collaborate and mobilize stakeholders, and the impact of the collective effort on their communities.

Session 2: Youth Leadership Council

June 4, 2021. Successful youth leadership council for reentry programming.

Session 1: Community Reinvestment

April 23, 2021. A focus on Colorado’s success in redirecting public safety resources to community.