Sandra Johnson needs a job: Finding work after incarceration

Sandra Johnson, an Oakland resident, needs a job to sustain herself, but faces obstacles with a conviction on her record.

Sandra Johnson needs a job, desperately.  The formerly incarcerated 59-year-old Oakland woman is now a City College of San Francisco student, but needs to find work as well.

In June, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of establishing a new re-entry hiring program that aims to create 1,400 county job opportunities for the formerly incarcerated.

“This program would mean the world to me,” Johnson said about the county making jobs available to people like her. “It would give me a purpose.”

According to the timeline set by the board, the re-entry hiring program will be implemented starting January 1, 2017 and will include services like job coaching and mentorship. It will also provide training for county managers who will supervise participants in the program.

Click the video above to hear Johnson’s story.

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