Posted on February 10, 2016
In the winter and spring of 2016, DePaul students helped tell the story of individuals seeking to re-enter the workforce and other social institutions following their experience with the penal system.
Students learned from speaking with a variety of individuals who have first-hand experience with the penal system to learn about the many issues and barriers to re-entry into work, housing and other basic social institutions for those with criminal records. They also met with individuals who provide social and employment services and counseling to those with criminal records to further explore the issue. Students had the opportunity to visit Magistrate Bachman’s courtroom at the Hamilton County Justice Center to see cases of individuals seeking Certificates of Qualification for Employment to help them in their search for jobs.
Students produced a short video, Out of the System, exploring the issue of how criminal backgrounds impact employment, housing and other issues.
Students sharpened their video skills by interviewing each other about their thoughts on school and service learning.
Students interviewed Thomas about his struggles with re-entry after his experience with the penal system.
Students interviewed Marla and Ivory about their re-entry experiences.
Students spoke with Latonio Chambers from Cincinnati Works about the nuts and bolts of finding employment for those with criminal records.
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