Sumary of Facing high unemployment rates, these formerly incarcerated people are turning to entrepreneurship:
- When Lawrence Carpenter was released from prison in 2001, he was determined to make a better life for himself and his family.
- He was just 17 when he first went to prison on drug and robbery charges.
- Lawrence Carpenter began his business, Superclean Professional Janitorial Service, after serving time in prison.
- Madeline Hiller | Inmates to EntrepreneursHe had a vision for a cleaning service, which he began slowly building up.
- Two decades later, Superclean Professional Janitorial Services has about 70 employees and is bringing in approximately $500,000 in annual contracts, Carpenter said.
- There’s no data on how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted their employment situation, said Prison Policy Initiative spokesperson Wanda Betram.
- in 2018.Allie Thomas | Inmates to EntrepreneursThrough Inmates to Entrepreneurs, the formerly incarcerated take an eight-week course and are taught the basics of starting a business, such as the type of company to start, how to service customers and how to make a profit.
- Typically they are low-capital services businesses, such as painting, car detailing and house cleaning, Hamilton said.