What We Do
The National H.I.R.E. Network is not only an advocate for policy change but a training and technical assistance provider to and convener of agencies working to improve the employment prospects of people with criminal records.
In those roles, the National H.I.R.E. Network:
- serves as a national clearinghouse of information and a technical assistance provider;
- serves as a convener between nonprofits and government staff in a number of related fields;
- provides leadership on key public policy initiatives;
- promotes labor market opportunities for qualified people with criminal records;
- promotes research that strengthens workforce development and criminal justice systems to improve practice;
- effectively uses the media to reduce the stigma associated with having a criminal record in the labor market; and
- improves correctional policies and programs to provide more educational opportunities, better job preparation and skills training, and better transitional services that will translate to increased employment opportunities for ex-prisoners returning to their communities.