WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $2,234,122 for Fidelity Bonding Demonstration Grants. These grants will enable states to expand their use of fidelity bonds to help persons with criminal records with employment opportunities.

These grants are the latest of several efforts by the Trump Administration to reform America’s criminal justice system. On April 1, 2019 the Department hosted an event – Strengthening America’s Workforce – to discuss paths for Americans transitioning from the justice system into the workforce. In December 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the First Step Act, which aims to reduce recidivism and ensure successful reentry of ex-offenders back into their communities.

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) was created in 1966 by the U.S. Department of Labor and issues free-of-charge fidelity bonds to employers as a job placement tool to assist formerly incarcerated individuals and other at-risk applicants. Since the creation of the program, over 52,000 job placements have been facilitated through the Federal Bonding Program (FBP). The goal of these demonstration grants is to increase employment outcomes for persons with criminal records, educate employers and the public on the availability and benefits of fidelity bonds for persons with criminal records, and provide outreach to employers to encourage them to hire persons with criminal records.

Organizations assisting formerly incarcerated individuals find employment or businesses interested in learning more about the hiring process should contact their state bonding coordinator for more information.  Contact information for state bonding coordinators is available at http://bonds4jobs.com/our-services/directory.

Alaska

$100,000

Alabama

$100,000

Arizona

$100,000

California

$100,000

Colorado

$100,000

Connecticut

$100,000

Delaware

$100,000

Florida

$100,000

Guam

$100,000

Iowa

$35,249

Illinois

$100,000

Kentucky

$100,000

Massachusetts

$100,000

Maine

$34,500

Michigan

$100,000

Missouri

$100,000

Mississippi

$100,000

Nebraska

$100,000

New Hampshire

$100,000

New York State

$100,000

South Carolina

$64,373

Texas

$100,000

Washington State

$100,000

Wisconsin

$100,000