FROM: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
In Detroit, Hiring Former Inmates Is Beneficial for Businesses
For too many Americans who have been caught up in the criminal justice system, finding a path to career and economic stability can be challenging. Studies have shown that lack of job opportunities is a factor in high rates of recidivism. In Detroit on April 15, Secretary Perez met with employers who are playing leading roles in breaking down barriers for formerly incarcerated individuals to help stop the cycle of crime and incarceration. Joined by Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S.
Attorneys Barb McQuade and Patrick Miles, Perez toured the Sakthi Automotive Group, an India-based parts supplier for General Motors. Sakthi has committed to hiring at least two former inmates from Detroit each month as the company ramps up operations in the United States. Following his tour, Perez led a roundtable discussion with other local employers — Detroit Manufacturing Systems and Total Construction and Renovation — that found hiring former inmates has been beneficial to their businesses. Perez's visit came on the heels of several recent grant announcements that will fund job training and employment services for formerly incarcerated individuals seeking marketable skills and good jobs.