Outreach Guide for Formerly Incarcerated VR Clients

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In March of 2021, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that around 38% of currently incarcerated people have some sort of disability: nearly one in four has a cognitive disability. In the first year after release, 45% of people in this population report no earnings.

Employers are frequently hesitant to hire formerly incarcerated job seekers; however, recent economic shifts have created opportunities for people who are disabled and have criminal background. VR professionals can equip people with the necessary job skills to be successful.

A study of the formerly incarcerated found that employment was the single most important factor in decreasing recidivism.

Recidivism rates were cut nearly in half for returning citizens with a full-time job compared to similar inmates who are unemployed.

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