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Gov. Reynolds invites employers to learn about the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals


This news story was published on October 9, 2019.
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Once a crook leaves this place, he needs to be put to work.

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds encourages employers human resources managers to attend the Employer and Reentry Breakfast Roundtable and learn about the employment opportunities available with formerly incarcerated individuals. The event will take place at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville on Nov. 6 at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Corrections are co-hosting the event.

Kim Reynolds

“In Iowa, there are jobs looking for people and it’s critical that we address the skills gap holistically,” said Gov. Reynolds. “By forging a partnership between the business community, the Department of Corrections, and Iowa Workforce Development, we can help formerly incarcerated individuals find a better path. Providing Iowa employers with a much-needed workforce while opening new doors for Iowans on the road to redemption is an obvious win-win.”

The roundtable will feature presentations and discussions about recruiting and training practices, apprenticeship programs, and incentives available to employers who hire returning citizens.

“With low unemployment, it is vital that employers open their recruitment strategy to include all Iowans. We continually hear from employers who have done so and it has operated to their benefit, both from a production/economic position, but also from improving the unity and morale within their workforce,” said Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development. “Employers can be a part of someone else’s success story and score a win for their company.”

“Iowa Corrections places an emphasis on job training in each of our correctional facilities. We have thousands of returning citizens every year that are ready to get to work with employers that are willing to give them the opportunity,” commented Iowa Corrections Director Beth Skinner. “When given the chance, many of these people will make excellent additions to the workforce around our state.”

Employers may register for the roundtable event at Eventbrite. A link to the online registration will also be available at doc.iowa.gov. If you are interested in attending an event and have additional questions, please contact Richelle Seitz at richelle.seitz@iwd.iowa.gov. For media related questions about the event, please contact Cord Overton at cord.overton@iowa.gov.

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4 Responses to Gov. Reynolds invites employers to learn about the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals

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    October 12, 2019 at 11:07 am

    As long as you aren’t the type of business that thinks it is ok to employ a child molester or a heroin ir meth dealer or someone who has felony theft… who cares? I will quit a job if they hire a child molester because any who would employ that trash must have some sympathy and therefore shares the same sick desires as the molester. I’m an adult I’d rather stab a kiddy diddler in the eyeball than work next to them for five minutes. Heroin and meth are being pushed by our african american friends from chicago a Detroit and destroying our state and town I dont think anyone associated with those people should be employed either, eventually they will have to escalate their crimes to the point they go to prison or just move. Mason city could be a nicer town if we stopped employing **iggers and giving them light sentences for horrific crimes. Iowa could be a better state if we had some real laws about chomos and didn’t have laws protecting them from vigilante justice that they deserve. We would also be better off without this ignorant Dyke kim reynolds taking her personal issues and lack of education out on people suffering from medical conditions chronic pain and terminal illness with her 1930s reefer madness bullshit. Shes not a good person. Not a duplicate comment, not posting to quickly. This website is shit.

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    October 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

    As long as you aren’t the type of business that thinks it is ok to employ a child molester or a heroin ir meth dealer or someone who has felony theft… who cares? I will quit a job if they hire a child molester because any who would employ that trash must have some sympathy and therefore shares the same sick desires as the molester. I’m an adult I’d rather stab a kiddy diddler in the eyeball than work next to them for five minutes. Heroin and meth are being pushed by our african american friends from chicago a Detroit and destroying our state and town I dont think anyone associated with those people should be employed either, eventually they will have to escalate their crimes to the point they go to prison or just move. Mason city could be a nicer town if we stopped employing **iggers and giving them light sentences for horrific crimes. Iowa could be a better state if we had some real laws about chomos and didn’t have laws protecting them from vigilante justice that they deserve. We would also be better off without this ignorant Dyke kim reynolds taking her personal issues and lack of education out on people suffering from medical conditions chronic pain and terminal illness with her 1930s reefer madness bullshit. Shes not a good person.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I have no problem hiring felons. Just as long as the government signs a statement that they will reimburse the employer any damages the person causes by drinking, fighting, drugs, stealing, vandalism, or any other action that causes the employer a loss of money and to the employers reputation for hiring this individual

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      Many non-felons that you hire are just as capable, if not more so, as felons at committing those offenses. Who is going to back up those losses?