Wednesday, May 28, 2008
From the Associated Press: Hire an Ex-Con in Philly, Get a Tax Break:
[T]he city of Philadelphia is making a concerted effort to encourage the hiring of ex-convicts amid a renewed interest nationwide in dealing with high recidivism, growing crime rates and exploding prison populations. Philadelphia averaged a murder a day the past two years and has been sued to reduce its overcrowded, record-high jail population. So, on his 100th day in office last month, Mayor Michael Nutter announced a program, being headed by an ex-offender, that gives $10,000 a year in municipal tax credits to companies that hire former prisoners and provide them tuition support or vocational training.
(Hat Tip: Doug Berman.)