Workforce Training bill by Pérez passes Senate Committee

Sacramento, California - The office of Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that Assembly Bill 2060 establishing a workforce development grant program for the formerly incarcerated passed today with strong, bipartisan support in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  The bill was approved on a unanimous vote of 6-0, and it now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Workforce training for the re-entry population is a practical strategy for improving access to a stable job,” said Pérez.  “It helps improve offender outcomes, reduces the likelihood of recidivism, and promotes community safety and stability.”

Specifically, the bill establishes a new competitive grant program for workforce training for the re-entry population.  The grant program would be administered by the California Workforce Investment Board and would be available to counties on a competitive basis, with greater consideration for those that provide matching funds, have demonstrated collaborative working relationship with local workforce investment boards, and/or have a workforce training program for the reentry population already in place.

To fund the program, Pérez secured $1 million in the 2014-15 Budget Act to be appropriated through the state’s the Recidivism Reduction Fund. 

The bill is sponsored by PolicyLink, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, and the California Workforce Association and is supported by a host of organizations, including the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools and the Riverside Sherriff’s Association.

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