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Businesses are helping ex-offenders back into work

It's a new government strategy to link inmates up with local employers

Only 17 percent of offenders released from prison find work within a year. A new government strategy is incentivising businesses to help change that... but prisons are worried they won't have the capacity to carry it out properly.

What it means: The 'inmate education and employment strategy' is a programme for prison governors to link up offenders with local businesses in an attempt to get them into jobs upon release.

Employers are offered a National Insurance Contributions holiday for hiring ex-offenders. Seeing as re-offending rates cost the government £15bn a year, it pays off.

Prison officers are worried that staffing cuts will make it difficult for them oversee the programme. They're relying on supportive businesses to help them make it work.

Gary Rosewell, a business owner who's hired 14 inmates over the years, told Sky News, "If you release them with a few quid in their pocket and no prospects, what do you expect? I'm not condong it, but that's the vicious cycle...business leaders need to recognise that and give them another chance."

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?