Unemployment rates for ex-prisoners like Cassandra and Christopher is usually about 60-75 percent. One study found that job applicants with a criminal background were 50 percent less likely to be called back or offered a position than applicants without a criminal history. But in states and counties where the box has been banned, these statistics are different. In Minneapolis, after the state of Minnesota passed the ban-the-box ordinance in 2007, the number of ex-prisoners who were able to gain employment moved from six percent up to 60 percent.
He was the last man you would ever expect to turn around; Julio rode with a notorious South Texas motorcycle gang. He was their “enforcer,” feared by friends and enemies alike — until Prison Fellowship introduced him to Jesus.
Julio’s story spills out in bits and pieces.
This Saturday, the Florida Department of Corrections and Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street’s nonprofit organization, will partner together to bring the “Little Children, Big Challenges” project offline and into the real world.
A January 2013 article by Jessi Strong, written for Bible Study Magazine, examines the unique perspective that incarcerated men and women bring to the study of God’s Word.
Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske told the magazine, “You don’t have to spend time talking to an inmate about how their life is not working out.