Moving Justice-Involved Individuals into Employment

This video and research brief highlights how Macomb Community College and Kellogg Community College, both in Michigan, are moving justice-involved individuals into employment. Highlights and key findings from SPR’s research include:

  • Justice-involved students enrolled in M-CAM completed their programs and earned credentials at a higher rate than the average for students enrolled in the same program.
  • Justice-involved students were less likely to be employed on program entry, but were placed into employment at rates similar to that of other students. If employed at program entry, they were just as likely as other M-CAM students to obtain a wage increase.
  • Justice-involved students cited the provision of career counseling, coaching, and employer engagement—especially on issues unique to their circumstances—as vital to their success.

Moving Justice-Involved Individuals into Employment: Michigan’s M-CAM Experience

Cover of M-CAM ES This brief highlights some of the obstacles that students with criminal records faced and how the colleges sought to address these challenges.
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Want to learn more? SPR has explored this issue in impact, outcomes and implementation evaluations of reentry, diversion, and other workforce-related programs targeted youth and adults with prior involvement in the justice system.