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Prison Fellowship Partners with 70 Million Jobs for Re-entry Employment Program

Partnership will Help Provide Re-entry Employment for Thousands of Returning Citizens

April 21, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jim Forbes
(703) 554-8540 (office)

Washington, D.C.— Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, is proud to announce its partnership with 70MillionJobs.com—a company dedicated to helping thousands of men and women with a criminal record—find employment in the United States, at no cost to them.

70 Million Jobs, the first national, for-profit employment platform for people with criminal backgrounds, has created a marketplace that enables employers to access the one-in-three Americans in the job market who have a criminal record. The company operates a staffing/recruiting firm, along with a job board and has helped provide employment for more than 2,500 formerly incarcerated job seekers.

“70 Million Jobs has become the ‘go-to’ source for jobs for the formerly incarcerated. This valued and important partnership helps continue the mission of Prison Fellowship, once these men and women have paid their debt to society,” said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship. “By granting second chances to those who have earned them, we will be contributing to the restoration of families, communities and our nation. Prison Fellowship and 70 Million Jobs believe people with a past can rise from their failure and seek and maintain gainful employment. We believe healing is possible for our communities affected by crime.”

“Prison Fellowship is one of the best-known prison programs in the nation, serving tens of thousands of inmates looking to improve themselves and their futures,” said Richard Bronson, Founder and CEO of 70 Million Jobs. “We will provide the graduates of Prison Fellowship Academies with employment opportunities at some of the nation’s largest companies through our free employment platform. Fair chance employment is not only critical for the success of individuals reentering society after prison, it’s also a valuable source of talent for employers looking to expand their workforce.”

Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading voice for criminal justice reform. With more than 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.

70 Million Jobs:
Since its public launch in 2017, 70 Million Jobs’ community has grown to support more than 10 million formerly incarcerated men and women, and has facilitated employment for thousands, nationwide. The company has worked with some of the country’s largest employers, including Berkshire Hathaway, Uber, Perdue, Denny’s, MOD Pizza and many others.

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Prison Fellowship Contact:
Jim Forbes | President and CEO
Jim_forbes@pfm.org
(703) 554-8540

70 Million Jobs Media Contact:
Adrienne Hatter | Manager, Community Outreach
Adrienne@70MillionJobs.com
415.961.2543

70 Million Jobs Partners with SHRM on Fair Chance Hiring Pledge

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 31, 2019 – SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, announced a partnership with 70 Million Jobs to advance its national Fair Chance Hiring initiative, Getting Talent Back to Work.

SHRM is encouraging individuals and organizations across industries to take the Getting Talent Back to Work pledge, a commitment to consider people who have been formerly incarcerated in their hiring strategies. 

70 Million Jobs, the first national, for-profit employment platform for people with criminal backgrounds, has created a marketplace that enables employers to access the one-in-three Americans in the job market who have some kind of criminal record. The company operates a job board ( 70MillionJobs.com) and a staffing/recruiting firm ( 70MillionStaffing.com).

“SHRM has done an excellent job in educating its membership as to the quality hires available among the formerly incarcerated,” said Richard Bronson, 70 Million Jobs’ founder and CEO. “With unemployment at historic lows, smart HR professionals recognize they can no longer afford to ignore any large pool of labor.”

Since its public launch in 2017, 70 Million Jobs’ community has grown to support more than 10 million formerly incarcerated men and women, and has facilitated employment for thousands, nationwide. The company has worked with some of the country’s largest employers, including Berkshire Hathaway, Uber, Perdue, Denny’s, MOD Pizza and many others. 

“People who have made mistakes want and deserve the dignity of work, and giving them a second chance to reenter society is a win-win-win,” said SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “It decreases the risk of recidivism, promotes a valuable talent pool, and helps reduce the growing skills gap in the U.S.”

Interested employers can learn more by visiting 70 Million Jobs or taking the Getting Talent Back to Work Pledge

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70 Million Jobs Media Contact:
Adrienne Hatter | Manager, Community Outreach
Adrienne@70MillionJobs.com
415.961.2543

SHRM Media Contact:
Kate Kennedy | Media and Public Affairs Director
Kate.kennedy@shrm.org
703-535-6260 | Cell: 703-862-5192

About 70 Million Jobs:

70 Million jobs is the industry leader in securing employment opportunities for Americans with criminal records. Founded by entrepreneur CEO Richard Bronson in 2017, the company partners with nearly 500 local community organizations, government agencies and correctional facilities. 70 Million Jobs is a graduate of Y-Combinator, the early-stage investor and accelerator program, and has received investments from Founders Fund, M Ventures former Washington, DC, Mayor Adrian Fenty’s fund, and the general partners of Insight Partners.