WHAT: The Second Chances Breakfast & Simulation: Employment for formerly incarcerated women
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
WHO: WVU Reed College of Media in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Northern District of West Virginia
NOTES: The Second Chances Breakfast & Simulation is part of the larger effort that aims to document the problem of women’s incarceration, offer evidence-based solutions and create awareness that could lead to changes in policy and practice. The initiative, Women Beyond Bars, is a journalism and advocacy project produced in collaboration between West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media and the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation funds the project, which began in the fall of 2018.
During this breakfast, local employers will take part in a simulation exercise provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to better understand the challenges formerly incarcerated people face in getting back on their feet. They will also meet other employers and talk to community organizations that provide resources to formerly incarcerated people.
In the past 30 years, corrections spending in West Virginia has increased at a rate more than 450 percent greater than K-12 spending. This economic burden is due, in part, to high recidivism rates resulting from formerly incarcerated people facing challenges reintegrating into society and finding stable employment. By keeping individuals from returning to prison, states are able to save on average $15.5 million on incarceration costs.
CONTACT: Erica Lindsay
Director of Marketing and Communications
WVU Reed College of Media
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