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Fuel for the Economy: Repurposing the Previously Incarcerated into Second Chance Workers By Chestley Talley & Kathy Graham

“It Takes a Village” to Shatter the ‘Prison Penalty’ Barrier to Employment. The Prison Policy Initiative asserts, “Unemployment among [the previously incarcerated] is a matter of Public Will, Policy, and Practice, not differences in aspirations”. Prison reform advocates issued a call for action to the business world: the time is now to commit to an agenda of welcoming an unutilized segment of



our society as fully contributing members of the workforce. Whether the label is the previously incarcerated, people with criminal records, or felons, once those individuals are on the outside they become an untapped pool of potential second chance workers. It is not just because it’s the right thing to do – it is the right thing to do, but also, doing so will introduce millions of excluded employable potential workers into the Nation’s economic engine – injecting additional fuel

to keep the economy surging forward. Article 231: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.” Eleanor Roosevelt, Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted By: United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948

America’s Booming Economy Pre–COVID–19 When President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he kicked–off the longest period of economic growth and job creation in American history, starting in July 2009 and ending 128 months later in February 20202 with the onset of COVID–193. In November 2019, the United States economy added 266,000 jobs–dropping the unemployment rate to 3.5%–the lowest in 50 years–as tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than