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New app aims to give incarcerated people a leg up on job search

A partnership between the two agencies will allow for an employment platform to feature on certain tablets which are available in some jails.
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ATLANTA — A new application has been developed to give incarcerated people an easier entry point back into the job market.

Securus Technologies said in a release it has teamed up with Honest Jobs, described as "the nation’s leading job board for people affected by the criminal justice system."

The partnership between the two agencies will allow Honest Jobs' employment platform to feature on Securus' tablets, which are available in some jails.

According to the release, incarcerated individuals can access the new app on the tablets and "search through thousands of job openings from vetted employers who have established they hire individuals with criminal convictions."

It adds the app was "built with an intuitive interface specific for those affected by the justice system" and utilizes two features: ConflixAI scores, which codes job listings by color to score "compatibility with the job seeker's individual legal record;" and "fair-chance badges" which can boost companies that have made more hires through Honest Jobs.

“Finding a secure and rewarding job is a life changing experience for anyone. Employment empowers people, endows them with a sense of purpose, and grows their self-worth,” Harley Blakeman, Founder and CEO of Honest Jobs, said in a statement. “A successful reentry is dependent on securing employment and the Securus tablets will put the Honest Jobs platform in the hands of hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people across the country who can use our tools to turn their lives around. We can’t do it alone, which is why this partnership is so important.”

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