Goodwill Industries to Provide Employment Services for People with Criminal Backgrounds


Goodwill named sub-grantee of Second Chance Act Funding

Concord – Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has been named a sub-grantee of the Second Chance Act funding awarded to the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General.  The federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) granted the Attorney General’s office and the NH Department of Corrections (NHDOC) $400,000 to help reduce recidivism by 50% for targeted populations over the next five years, while enhancing public safety.


Goodwill will provide a full-time employment specialist to assist people leaving prison who intend to reside in Merrimack County.  The specialist will help participants obtain employment and housing, coordinating with NHDOC counselors to have full access to participants pre-release.  Goodwill will work with a variety of other community agencies and the other sub-grantees to provide the services offenders need for successful reintegration.  “This is a terrific opportunity for Goodwill to further its mission of assisting people with barriers obtain employment and become independent,” said Michael Coughlin, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  “We look forward to establishing partnerships with other community agencies to provide people with the resources they need to succeed in life.”


According to the Position Statement, “Working Beyond Conviction,” released by Goodwill Industries International in 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that “nearly every person incarcerated in jail, and 95 percent of state prison inmates, will someday be released.  Of the nearly 700,000 who will be released this year, research tells us that two-thirds (67.5 percent) will return to prison within three years.”  Goodwill Industries calls upon key stakeholders to come together to create an environment that will hold people accountable and support individuals with criminal backgrounds who want to reintegrate into their communities and make positive contributions.  Goodwill Industries of Northern New England is partnering with the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Corrections, and the Courts to make this possible in New Hampshire.


For more information, please contact Edda Cantor, Regional Director of Goodwill Workforce Solutions.

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Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 77-year history of providing innovative services that eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.  Last year, we served 58,000 individuals through job training and placement, career counseling, family strengthening services, youth employment opportunities, brain injury programs, and other community support services for people with disabilities.  Our programs are funded by revenue from our 27 retail stores, grants, fees, and financial gifts.  Please visit for more information.