U.S. Department of Labor Holds Strengthening America’s Workforce Event to Discuss Paths for Americans Transitioning from Justice System to Workforce
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today was joined by Americans from around the nation to discuss pathways for those exiting the justice system to reenter the workforce.
The event – Strengthening America's Workforce – included remarks from Secretary Acosta, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., and Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin. Additionally, the event held a panel focusing on the challenges faced by individuals attempting to reenter the workforce from the justice system as well as discussions regarding the current policy and grants landscape.
"The American economy has produced a million more job openings than those searching for work," Secretary Acosta said. "Today's event is a reminder that the successful transition into the workforce is a positive step for both individuals and communities."
Strengthening America's Workforce is part of the Department's ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism and fill open jobs. In FY 2017 and 2018, the Department has announced $170 million in reentry project grants for nonprofits, state and local governments, and Indian and Native American entities that design and implement workforce reentry programs.