Government
4:55 am
Mon March 18, 2013

State Offers Incentives For Hiring Former Inmates

  New York State is launching a new state-wide outreach program to provide training and jobs for those who have been formerly incarcerated.  

Alphonso David, Governor Cuomo's deputy secretary for Civil Rights says the "Work for Success" program offers special incentives for businesses who hire former inmates enrolled in the program.  "Businesses are eligible for up to $2,400 in federal tax credits for each formerly incarcerated individual that they hire. In addition, businesses will receive the support of the state and nonprofit organizations in providing trained workers for their employment needs."

David says there are currently more than 25,000 former inmates across the state who are employable. "If we are not focused on obtaining employment opportunities for them, the studies show it creates significant obstacles for them to remain in society without returning to prison."   

David says employers have told him that former inmates have been some of the most hard-working and reliable employees on their staff.  He says the "Work for Success" program will be touring the state, with stops in Rochester and other cities this spring.