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Ari Schechter, ACLU of NH, 603-227-6679

Nicole Martin, #cut50, 603-325-3142

November 18, 2019

Rides would allow impacted individuals to go to job interviews, training, or early employment 

30 vouchers currently available, with potential for more in the future

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The ACLU of New Hampshire, #cut50, and Lyft announced they are offering 30 ride codes for people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system to get to job interviews, trainings, and early days of employment. As part of Lyft’s Jobs Access campaign, Lyft is providing the codes to national partners, of which #cut50is one. #cut50 designated the ACLU of New Hampshire to distribute the current allotment of New Hampshire codes. 

“For formerly incarcerated people, getting a ride to a job interview or first day can be the change that allows someone to gain employment and start to piece back together their life,” said Joseph Lascaze, Smart Justice Organizer at the ACLU of New Hampshire. “There are many barriers someone re-entering their community faces, and access to employment is one of the biggest and most consequential. The ACLU of New Hampshire is honored to distribute this round of ride vouchers, and thank Lyft and #cut50 for their partnership in helping formerly incarcerated individuals successfully re-enter their communities.”

Coupon codes will be distributed on a verifiable, case by case basis and fully cover rides up to $15. Anyone interested in applying for the rides should contact Joseph Lascaze at joseph@aclu-nh.org.

“It is inspiring and important that companies like Lyft consider themselves partners in the pursuit of comprehensive criminal justice reform, including easing the barriers to re-entry and reducing the stigma for people who are formerly incarcerated,” said Nicole Martin, New Hampshire Partner with #cut50. “Formerly incarcerated people already face numerous challenges, and getting rides to some of their major obstacles to re-entry is an critical first step in decreasing stigma. This program is a great example of how different stakeholders can come together to improve re-entry and strengthen our communities.”

The New Hampshire codes are part of Lyft’s Jobs Access Program, a national initiative specifically aimed at closing short-term transportation gaps that are related to employment access and job training. The program reaches different communities, such as people who are formerly incarcerated, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Lyft’s partnership with #cut50 was spearheaded by reality star and advocate for criminal justice reform, Kim Kardashian West.

 

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