Sacramento, California - Governor Brown signed the Workforce Investment for the Re-Entry Population (AB 1093) bill today, which was authored by local Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella). The legislation modifies the criteria for the Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program and allows grant applicants to address the education and training needs of people who have some postsecondary education or individuals who require basic education.
Garcia’s Workforce Investment for the Re-Entry Population measure also helps local jurisdictions reduce recidivism rates which in turn lead to safer communities and bolsters local economies.
“Access to high quality workforce training is critical to advancing successful re-entry and lowering recidivism rates,” stated Garcia. “Workforce training opportunities for men and women re-entering our communities after being released from a detention center ensures that they can gain the training, education, and job readiness to contribute to California’s state and regional economies.”
AB 1093 (EGarcia) enhances the Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program established in 2014 and provides California with an opportunity to invest in innovative programs that provide workforce training to the re-entry population. The bill was supported by the California Workforce Association, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, Policy Link and California Public Defenders Association.