Kentucky Chamber to Visit Manchester, Discuss Path to Transform Kentucky’s Approach to Criminal Justice Reform Through Kentucky Comeback Initiative

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MANCHESTER, KY — The Kentucky Comeback initiative, created by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, will visit Manchester on Monday, September 26th to engage business leaders, elected officials, and community leaders, on how they can get involved in transforming Kentucky’s approach to criminal justice reform and substance use disorder recovery.

Kentucky’s workforce crisis has many root causes, including incarceration and criminal backgrounds and substance use disorder, according to a report released by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. Kentucky’s workforce participation rate ranks in the bottom 10 among the 50 states. It also has the fifth-highest incarceration rate in the nation, and more than 2,000 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose in 2021.

During the visit to Manchester, in partnership with Volunteers of America, leaders of the Kentucky Comeback initiative will discuss policies that have been implemented, as well as additional steps that Kentucky must take to address these issues and make meaningful, long-term change.

Additionally, local employers will learn how they can get involved in programs to find talent, improve their workplaces, and retain employees while helping remove barriers, reduce stigma, and increase second chances for Kentuckians in need.

The presentation will allow attendees to provide input on issues relating to criminal justice reform and substance use disorder.

Kentucky Comeback is traveling across the state to connect with businesses and community partners that are interested in getting involved in criminal justice reform and substance use disorder recovery. For more information or to join the network, visit Kentuckycomeback.com.

Link to register: https://p2a.co/AY7gJ7x.

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Kentucky Chamber to Visit Manchester, Discuss Path to Transform Kentucky’s Approach to Criminal Justice Reform Through Kentucky Comeback Initiative