From Bars to Business: Second Chances

After completing a prison sentence, a set time of probation and/or parole, an offender's debt to society is paid. However, as they move on with life, continue to apply for jobs, loans or child custody the criminal record remains. For some fortunate individuals, receiving a pardon from the state governor...

From Bars to Business: “Community”

At the GEO Reentry Group, helping individuals reenter the community is about more than just finding a job. It's a wholistic approach that starts with changing the mindset of the person trying to find a job and get out of the criminal justice system, according to Michael Boughton, program manager...

From Bars to Business: Success Beyond Bars

Clear expectations. Honest communication. And the benefit of the doubt. These are guarantees offered by most employers and when dealing with someone who has a criminal background, they should be no different. For Chad Ling, after spending years rotating in and out of prison, making the decision to turn his...

From Bars to Business: It’s Not Charity

There aren't many things in this life that we can do on our own. Often, we are only as good as the support systems with which we surround ourselves. A stable job (with coworkers, responsibilities, and a paycheck) is one of those support systems. But getting, and keeping, a job...

From Bars to Business–The Podcast

The Covation Center is proud to release the Podcast Series "From Bars to Business."  In this series we will meet people who were "justice involved" or have "background barriers" on their resumes.  More specifically, we will talk about the value for businesses in hiring the justice involved and, as we...