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The RAND Corporation released a study where it detected those who have been in prison and they are on parole they are often workers with higher motivation and higher ambitions than the rest of the employees where they are allowed to work.
In this regard, Dionne Barnes-Proby, a social policy researcher at RAND, points out that, given an opportunity to reintegrate into society after having been incarcerated, ex-convicts work harder to do the job they are assigned.
“What employers are telling us is that people with criminal records are hungrier and more engaged at work because they recognize that they are being given a second chance”he indicated.
Likewise, Barnes-Proby mentions that this characteristic makes them work harder and with more dedication than their colleagues, which makes them an excellent workforce for industries such as construction, truck driving or services.
RAND studied the “Career Training Partnership” program that provides free education and training to parolees in the Sacramento, California area with the goal of making it easier for them to re-enter the workforce.
“It’s a free program available to parolees, but it actually comes at a price because it takes a lot of time and dedication. In the long term, the results are good, but in the meantime these people have financial needs”, stressed the researcher.
In this sense, it suggests that this type of programs not only be free, but also offer economic compensation to those who participate in them to cover their basic financial needs.
However, one of the keys for this type of work reinsertion programs to work is that they have the support not only of public institutions and employers, but also of organizations such as unions, with strength in areas such as construction, one of the solutions more attractive jobs for people who have been in prison.
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