Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

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.