The State of Arizona is now partnering with Uber to help former inmates get to work.
On Tuesday, Governor Doug Ducey’s office announced Arizona has started an “Uber for Jobs” program. The initiative is funded through a $5,000 donation from Uber and an equal match from the state.
The program is designed to offer former inmates rides to job interviews or the first day of work.
"Without the proper support networks in place, finding a job and being able to keep it become that much harder," said Governor Ducey. "We are committed to providing real second chance opportunities to those who have paid their debt to society. This program will address a critical shortfall for many former inmates-lack of reliable transportation-and help keep them from believing the only option is returning to crime. We are excited and grateful to be partnering with Uber on this worthwhile initiative and look forward to working together to maximize its potential."
The program will offer rides to recently-released Maricopa County inmates who have graduated from the Arizona Department of Corrections Employment Center.
Correction officers will oversee the rides using the Uber for Business platform.