ZeroBack in the News

Ohio treasurer’s program leverages private funds to tackle thorny social issues Columbus Dispatch

Public money would be used to repay investors in private programs that make measurable progress in solving problems such as recidivism, infant mortality and opiate addiction under a program wrapped into the proposed state budget. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s office would administer the Results Ohio initiative, a “pay for success” contracting program in which businesses and nonprofits are reimbursed by the state if they hit statistical benchmarks.

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Helping Ohio Prisoners get started on a new career WCMH Columbus

Nine out of 10 Ohio prisoners will someday walk free, and one man is on a mission to make sure they have a life and a career to go home to. Cleveland-based executive headhunter Tom Johnston is using his decades of experience to educate and train prisoners to get ready for life on the outside and now the State Senate is considering funding to take Johnston’s program, called ZeroBack, statewide.

“What most people don’t realize is 90 percent of the people who are in prison today are coming home and they’re going to need a job,” Johnston said. “And we want to try to get them something more than just a job, but a career.”

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