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2014
Document 028096
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Use Labor Market Information to Target High-Growth Occupations
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC.
"Using up-to-date labor market information is critical for identifying high-growth occupations, local and regional employment trends, and specific employers and industries that provide the best employment opportunities for justice-involved individuals. It also provides data essential for designing and implementing industry-recognized job training programs that help people develop the skills employers are seeking. "The job market is constantly changing; occupations that are in demand today ma... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028097
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Address Employers' Needs and Expectations
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Many employers are apprehensive about hiring persons with criminal convictions, but employment specialists tolerate some failed hires only if they have had some successful job placements and found community-based corrections employment specialists to be responsive to their concerns. "It is important to remember that these relationships are mutually beneficial. The employment specialist who works with justice-involved individuals can help employers meet critical staffing needs at little or n... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028097
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Address Employers' Needs and Expectations
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Many employers are apprehensive about hiring persons with criminal convictions, but employment specialists tolerate some failed hires only if they have had some successful job placements and found community-based corrections employment specialists to be responsive to their concerns. "It is important to remember that these relationships are mutually beneficial. The employment specialist who works with justice-involved individuals can help employers meet critical staffing needs at little or n... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028097
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Address Employers' Needs and Expectations
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Many employers are apprehensive about hiring persons with criminal convictions, but employment specialists tolerate some failed hires only if they have had some successful job placements and found community-based corrections employment specialists to be responsive to their concerns. "It is important to remember that these relationships are mutually beneficial. The employment specialist who works with justice-involved individuals can help employers meet critical staffing needs at little or n... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028099
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Engage and Partner with Stakeholders
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"No single agency can meet all of the workforce development needs of justice-involved individuals returning to the community. A systems approach that expands beyond the criminal justice system is essential for maximizing employment outcomes for this population. You must identify and engage stakeholders in developing employer-driven initiatives that meet their workforce development needs. There is also a need to share resources to increase efficiency and improve outcomes(p. 1). This publicatio... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028099
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Engage and Partner with Stakeholders
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"No single agency can meet all of the workforce development needs of justice-involved individuals returning to the community. A systems approach that expands beyond the criminal justice system is essential for maximizing employment outcomes for this population. You must identify and engage stakeholders in developing employer-driven initiatives that meet their workforce development needs. There is also a need to share resources to increase efficiency and improve outcomes(p. 1). This publicatio... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028099
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Engage and Partner with Stakeholders
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"No single agency can meet all of the workforce development needs of justice-involved individuals returning to the community. A systems approach that expands beyond the criminal justice system is essential for maximizing employment outcomes for this population. You must identify and engage stakeholders in developing employer-driven initiatives that meet their workforce development needs. There is also a need to share resources to increase efficiency and improve outcomes(p. 1). This publicatio... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028099
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Engage and Partner with Stakeholders
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"No single agency can meet all of the workforce development needs of justice-involved individuals returning to the community. A systems approach that expands beyond the criminal justice system is essential for maximizing employment outcomes for this population. You must identify and engage stakeholders in developing employer-driven initiatives that meet their workforce development needs. There is also a need to share resources to increase efficiency and improve outcomes(p. 1). This publicatio... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028099
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Engage and Partner with Stakeholders
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"No single agency can meet all of the workforce development needs of justice-involved individuals returning to the community. A systems approach that expands beyond the criminal justice system is essential for maximizing employment outcomes for this population. You must identify and engage stakeholders in developing employer-driven initiatives that meet their workforce development needs. There is also a need to share resources to increase efficiency and improve outcomes(p. 1). This publicatio... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028098
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Prepare Job Seekers for Employment
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Employers face global competition in their drive to operate successful businesses in today’s marketplace. If the correctional system is to be successful in placing job seekers in meaningful employment that meets employers’ Practitioner knowledge of employers’ staffing requirements contributes to the success of this mission. "New tools and proven strategies can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace. necessary for post-release success" (p. 1). ... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028098
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Prepare Job Seekers for Employment
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Employers face global competition in their drive to operate successful businesses in today’s marketplace. If the correctional system is to be successful in placing job seekers in meaningful employment that meets employers’ Practitioner knowledge of employers’ staffing requirements contributes to the success of this mission. "New tools and proven strategies can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace. necessary for post-release success" (p. 1). ... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028098
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Prepare Job Seekers for Employment
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Employers face global competition in their drive to operate successful businesses in today’s marketplace. If the correctional system is to be successful in placing job seekers in meaningful employment that meets employers’ Practitioner knowledge of employers’ staffing requirements contributes to the success of this mission. "New tools and proven strategies can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace. necessary for post-release success" (p. 1). ... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028098
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Prepare Job Seekers for Employment
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Employers face global competition in their drive to operate successful businesses in today’s marketplace. If the correctional system is to be successful in placing job seekers in meaningful employment that meets employers’ Practitioner knowledge of employers’ staffing requirements contributes to the success of this mission. "New tools and proven strategies can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace. necessary for post-release success" (p. 1). ... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028098
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Prepare Job Seekers for Employment
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Employers face global competition in their drive to operate successful businesses in today’s marketplace. If the correctional system is to be successful in placing job seekers in meaningful employment that meets employers’ Practitioner knowledge of employers’ staffing requirements contributes to the success of this mission. "New tools and proven strategies can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace. necessary for post-release success" (p. 1). ... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028098
The Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Prepare Job Seekers for Employment
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"Employers face global competition in their drive to operate successful businesses in today’s marketplace. If the correctional system is to be successful in placing job seekers in meaningful employment that meets employers’ Practitioner knowledge of employers’ staffing requirements contributes to the success of this mission. "New tools and proven strategies can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace. necessary for post-release success" (p. 1). ... Read More
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8 pages
2014
Document 028241
Employment Retention Inventory Explores the Predictive Factors of Job Loss: Research Project
By Taylor, P. Elizabeth. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"As justice-involved individuals move through the criminal-justice system, correctional staff use case management tools to monitor progress. Case management involves monitoring individuals to ensure their completion of court-ordered sanctions, such as community service hours, payment of fees, or restitution, without reoffending. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) also expands the definition to include evaluating and assessing the need to connect justice-involved individuals to appropria... Read More
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2 pages
2014
Document 028241
Employment Retention Inventory Explores the Predictive Factors of Job Loss: Research Project
By Taylor, P. Elizabeth. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"As justice-involved individuals move through the criminal-justice system, correctional staff use case management tools to monitor progress. Case management involves monitoring individuals to ensure their completion of court-ordered sanctions, such as community service hours, payment of fees, or restitution, without reoffending. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) also expands the definition to include evaluating and assessing the need to connect justice-involved individuals to appropria... Read More
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2 pages
2014
Document 028145
Labor Market Information Worksheet
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This worksheet helps a person to determine whether the job they want to get is right for them. This is done by answering some questions regarding the desired occupation. Responses are determined for: common names for the occupation; current number of jobs in the occupation; anticipated 10-year growth rate for the occupation; average annual job openings for occupation; license requirement for the occupation and whether individuals with a criminal conviction are excluded; certification availabilit... Read More
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4 pages
2014
Document 028146
Executive Summary: Research Supporting Employment as an Important Component of Evidence-Based Practice
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This document briefly reviews the strong link between offender employment and recidivism. "Extensive research has demonstrated that strong ties to work can lead to desistance of offending. Based on the scientific evidence, education and vocational training programs work. They increase the rate of employment for ex-offenders, and meaningful work is an important contributor to less offending. More importantly, the evidence clearly shows that they reduce recidivism and provide a positive return on ... Read More
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1 page
2014
Document 028146
Executive Summary: Research Supporting Employment as an Important Component of Evidence-Based Practice
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This document briefly reviews the strong link between offender employment and recidivism. "Extensive research has demonstrated that strong ties to work can lead to desistance of offending. Based on the scientific evidence, education and vocational training programs work. They increase the rate of employment for ex-offenders, and meaningful work is an important contributor to less offending. More importantly, the evidence clearly shows that they reduce recidivism and provide a positive return on ... Read More
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1 page
2014
Document 028147
Implementing Apprenticeships: A Transitional Approach with Offenders (Pre-plea to Release from Supervision)
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This document highlights the roles of and activities performed by six federal agencies in the provision of apprenticeships for federal offenders. The cooperating agencies are U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Pretrial Services, U.S. Probation, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Community Corrections Centers, and U.S. Probation.... Read More
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1 page
2014
Document 028147
Implementing Apprenticeships: A Transitional Approach with Offenders (Pre-plea to Release from Supervision)
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This document highlights the roles of and activities performed by six federal agencies in the provision of apprenticeships for federal offenders. The cooperating agencies are U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Pretrial Services, U.S. Probation, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Community Corrections Centers, and U.S. Probation.... Read More
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1 page
2014
Document 028147
Implementing Apprenticeships: A Transitional Approach with Offenders (Pre-plea to Release from Supervision)
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This document highlights the roles of and activities performed by six federal agencies in the provision of apprenticeships for federal offenders. The cooperating agencies are U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Pretrial Services, U.S. Probation, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Community Corrections Centers, and U.S. Probation.... Read More
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1 page
2014
Document 028148
Legal Issues in Jails—2014
By Lynch, Terrance; Hodsdon, Rick; Hill, Carrie. National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Jails Division (Washington, DC).
Legal issues that impact jails are covered. Topics covered include: basics of the civil litigation process and jail liability reduction strategies; supervisor liability; Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and "the sincerity test"; searches; the Affordable Care Act (ACA); national origin discrimination as applied to "limited-English proficient" (LEP) inmates; use of force; Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA); duty to protect; Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) sample tr... Read More
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222 pages
2014
Document 028148
Legal Issues in Jails—2014
By Lynch, Terrance; Hodsdon, Rick; Hill, Carrie. National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Jails Division (Washington, DC).
Legal issues that impact jails are covered. Topics covered include: basics of the civil litigation process and jail liability reduction strategies; supervisor liability; Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and "the sincerity test"; searches; the Affordable Care Act (ACA); national origin discrimination as applied to "limited-English proficient" (LEP) inmates; use of force; Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA); duty to protect; Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) sample tr... Read More
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222 pages
2014
Document 028148
Legal Issues in Jails—2014
By Lynch, Terrance; Hodsdon, Rick; Hill, Carrie. National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Jails Division (Washington, DC).
Legal issues that impact jails are covered. Topics covered include: basics of the civil litigation process and jail liability reduction strategies; supervisor liability; Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and "the sincerity test"; searches; the Affordable Care Act (ACA); national origin discrimination as applied to "limited-English proficient" (LEP) inmates; use of force; Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA); duty to protect; Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) sample tr... Read More
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222 pages
2014
Document 028124
Green Corrections: Resources for Criminal Justice Professionals and Community Partners
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (NICIC) (Aurora, CO).
Are you interested in developing or improving green programs in your agency? This this bibliography from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is for you. "In a sense, the study of green corrections has been around for some time. For as long as people have been inventing ways to save money by reducing waste and energy, there has been green corrections. Yet, as a discipline, the topic is rather new. We are only now beginning to formalize our use of green practices into topics worthy of adva... Read More
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16 pages
2014
Document 028124
Green Corrections: Resources for Criminal Justice Professionals and Community Partners
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (NICIC) (Aurora, CO).
Are you interested in developing or improving green programs in your agency? This this bibliography from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is for you. "In a sense, the study of green corrections has been around for some time. For as long as people have been inventing ways to save money by reducing waste and energy, there has been green corrections. Yet, as a discipline, the topic is rather new. We are only now beginning to formalize our use of green practices into topics worthy of adva... Read More
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16 pages
2014
Document 028124
Green Corrections: Resources for Criminal Justice Professionals and Community Partners
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (NICIC) (Aurora, CO).
Are you interested in developing or improving green programs in your agency? This this bibliography from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is for you. "In a sense, the study of green corrections has been around for some time. For as long as people have been inventing ways to save money by reducing waste and energy, there has been green corrections. Yet, as a discipline, the topic is rather new. We are only now beginning to formalize our use of green practices into topics worthy of adva... Read More
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16 pages
2014
Document 027899
Family-Youth Initiative
PbS Learning Institute, Inc. (Braintree, MA) .
An innovative strategy for addressing the needs of incarcerated youth and their families is described. It involves the use of “four standards for facilities that, when met, will lead to positive outcomes and best practices for working with families” (p. 4). Sections cover: PbS Family-Youth Initiative (FYI)—uniting facilities and families; creating the new normal for incarcerated youth; FYI development; PbS Family Survey; and additional PbS family data.... Read More
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6 pages
2013
Document 027683
Video: More Structured Interaction with Offenders to Help Change Behavior
By West, Norah. Washington State Dept. of Corrections (Olympia, WA).
“Community corrections officers in field offices across Washington state are part of a pilot project that uses an evidence-based intervention method to help offenders make positive changes in their thinking and behavior. Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) gives officers a way to build rapport with offenders and recognize positive behavior as well as ways to teach offenders positive social skills and techniques, and strategies to help offenders change their thinking. Research sh... Read More
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6 minutes
2013
Document 027802
A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits
By Mauer, Marc; McCalmont, Virginia. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“PRWORA [Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act] imposed a denial of federal benefits to people convicted in state or federal courts of felony drug offenses. The ban is imposed for no other offenses but drug crimes. Its provisions that subject individuals who are otherwise eligible for receipt of SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] or TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families] benefits to a lifetime disqualification applies to all states unless they act t... Read More
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12 pages
2013
Document 027665
Managing Prison Health Care Spending
Pew Charitable Trusts. State Health Care Spending Project (Washington, DC); John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL).
“This report examines Pew’s findings on state prison health care spending and explores the factors driving costs higher. It also illustrates a variety of promising approaches that states are taking to address these challenges … These examples offer important lessons as policymakers seek the best ways to make their correctional health care systems effective and affordable” (p. 4). Sections of this publication include: overview; the challenge for the states—location, staffing, and inmate transport... Read More
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44 pages
2013
Document 027853
Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Systems: Why We Need Them, How to Move Forward Toward Them
By Ford, Julian D.. Policy Research Associates (Delmar, NY); University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT).
“This webinar provides an overview of evidence-based and efficient methods of screening and assessment to identify youth in need of trauma-informed services or trauma-specific treatment in juvenile diversion programs. Evidence-based or evidence-informed trauma-specific treatments to which youth diverted from the juvenile justice system can be referred are discussed.”... Read More
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78 minutes
2013
Document 027740
Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness
By Bond, Gary R.. GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY).
“Employment is a key to community reintegration for both people with mental illness and those with justice involvement. At present, the empirical literature on employment services for justice-involved people with or without mental illness is meager. By contrast, an extensive evidence base documents the effectiveness of a specific employment model for people with severe mental illness: the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment” (p. 1). This publication covers: the I... Read More
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4 pages
2013
Document 027920
Through the Eyes of a Child: Life with a Mother in Prison
Volunteers of America (Alexandria, VA). Wilder Research (St. Paul, MN).
This report attempts to discover how the children involved in the Volunteers of America (VOA) initiative Look Up and Hope (LUH) feel while their mother has been incarcerated. It sheds a light on the experiences of this special population of children and offers a way other jurisdictions can approach helping these kids. Sections of this publication include: background and purpose—the growing family problem of incarcerated mothers, and the creation of the LUH program; key findings—children with mot... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027904
Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, DC); The Legal Action Center. National H.I.R.E. Network (New York, NY); National Workrights Institute (Princeton, NJ).
“Hiring new employees is a critically important function in any business, government agency, or non-profit organization. Every hiring decision represents a major investment that employers must make with limited information. Checking criminal history is just a small part of this process, which may also include verifying education, prior employment and other reference information. The Best Practice Standards will help employers properly weigh adverse personal history to find those applicants who w... Read More
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30 pages
2013
Document 027037
Civil Liabilities and Other Legal Issues for Probation/Parole Officers and Supervisors: 4th Edition
By Lyons, Phillip; Jermstad, Todd. NIC-08C77G7U3. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
The legal liabilities that probation and parole officers face as they perform their duties are explained. Chapters comprising this publication are: an overview of state and federal legal liabilities; civil liability under state law—state tort cases; civil liability under federal law—Section 1983 cases; legal representation, attorneys’ fees, and indemnification; presentence and preparole investigations and reports; supervision; conditions, modifications, and changes in status; revocation; emergin... Read More
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306 pages
2013
Document 027218
Justice Reinvestment in Action: The Delaware Model
By James, Juliene. Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY).
This brief describes the efforts the state of Delaware has made using justice reinvestment to reduce its incarcerated population while ensuring public safety. “Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to corrections policy that seeks to cut spending and reinvest savings in practices that have been empirically shown to improve safety and hold offenders accountable … As other jurisdictions consider how best to invest limited public safety dollars, Dela¬ware’s experience offers a helpful exam... Read More
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8 pages
2013
Document 027221
Request for Proposals: Court-Based Substance Abuse Assessment Services for Adults in Baltimore City District Courts, Baltimore City Circuit Courts, and Baltimore City Detention Center
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc. (Baltimore, MD).
This is an example of a request for proposal (RFP) covering court-based substance abuse assessment services. Your agency may find it useful in creating your own RFP for similar services. “This request for proposals is being issued in order for BSAS [Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.] to contract with a state certified substance abuse treatment program(s) for the purpose of hiring and supervising clinical staff to perform substance abuse assessments for the adult population at five of the C... Read More
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26 pages
2013
Document 027351
Wisconsin’s Mass Incarceration of African American Males: Workforce Challenges for 2013
By Pawasarat, John; Quinn, Lois M.. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, MN).
Issues related to the ability of ex-offenders to get jobs after their release from imprisonment in Wisconsin are explored. An executive summary presents a review of findings and recommendations. This report is divided into two parts: mass incarceration of African American males—the most for any state in the United States; and transportation barriers to employment—suspensions of driver’s licenses due to not paying fines. “Given wide disparities in income among racial groups in Wisconsin and the i... Read More
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33 pages
2013
Document 027379
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services: Final Report
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC).
“The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report presents a cohesive and comprehensive framework for strategic change in the victim services field and addresses ways to overcome political, policy, and philosophical challenges in the field. OVC anticipates that this report will catalyze important first steps in the strategic direction and focus of the victim assistance field. “ Six chapters follow an executive summary: forging a future informed by research; meeting the holistic legal nee... Read More
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60 pages
2013
Document 027628
Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness
By Duran, Le’Ann; Plotkin, Martha; Potter, Phoebe; Rosen, Henry. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Philadelphia, PA); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments Justice Center (New York, NY).
“Employment providers are already serving large numbers of individuals released from correctional facilities or who are required to find jobs as conditions of their probation or parole. Yet the corrections, reentry, and workforce development fields have lacked an integrated tool that draws on the best thinking about reducing recidivism and improving job placement and retention to guide correctional supervision and the provision of community-based services. To address this gap, this white paper p... Read More
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76 pages
2013
Document 027632
Journal of Juvenile Justice
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
If you want to keep up with the juvenile justice field, then this e-journal should be on your list. “The Journal of Juvenile Justice is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Articles address the full range of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.”... Read More
WEB
2013
Document 027632
Journal of Juvenile Justice
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
If you want to keep up with the juvenile justice field, then this e-journal should be on your list. “The Journal of Juvenile Justice is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Articles address the full range of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.”... Read More
WEB
2013
Document 027632
Journal of Juvenile Justice
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC).
If you want to keep up with the juvenile justice field, then this e-journal should be on your list. “The Journal of Juvenile Justice is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Articles address the full range of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.”... Read More
WEB
2013
Document 027635
Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
By Nellis, Ashley; Chung, Jean. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“The lifer population has more than quadrupled in size since 1984. One in nine people in prison is now serving a life sentence and nearly a third of lifers will never have a chance at a parole hearing; they are certain to die in prison. This analysis documents long-term trends in the use of life imprisonment as well as providing empirical details for the offenses that comprise the life-sentenced population” (p. 1). This report contains these sections: introduction and key findings; the rise in l... Read More
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34 pages
2013
Document 027635
Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
By Nellis, Ashley; Chung, Jean. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“The lifer population has more than quadrupled in size since 1984. One in nine people in prison is now serving a life sentence and nearly a third of lifers will never have a chance at a parole hearing; they are certain to die in prison. This analysis documents long-term trends in the use of life imprisonment as well as providing empirical details for the offenses that comprise the life-sentenced population” (p. 1). This report contains these sections: introduction and key findings; the rise in l... Read More
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34 pages
2013
Document 027729
The Federal Bonding Program: A US Department of Labor Initiative
McLaughlin Company (Rockville, MD).
“Failure to become employed after release is a major factor contributing to the high rate of recidivism. Having a record of arrest, conviction or imprisonment functions as a significant barrier to employment since employers generally view ex-offenders as potentially untrustworthy workers and insurance companies usually designate ex-offenders as being “not bondable” for job honesty … The bonds issued by the FBP [Federal Bonding Program] serve as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to the employe... Read More
WEB
2013
Document 027729
The Federal Bonding Program: A US Department of Labor Initiative
McLaughlin Company (Rockville, MD).
“Failure to become employed after release is a major factor contributing to the high rate of recidivism. Having a record of arrest, conviction or imprisonment functions as a significant barrier to employment since employers generally view ex-offenders as potentially untrustworthy workers and insurance companies usually designate ex-offenders as being “not bondable” for job honesty … The bonds issued by the FBP [Federal Bonding Program] serve as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to the employe... Read More
WEB
2013
Document 027729
The Federal Bonding Program: A US Department of Labor Initiative
McLaughlin Company (Rockville, MD).
“Failure to become employed after release is a major factor contributing to the high rate of recidivism. Having a record of arrest, conviction or imprisonment functions as a significant barrier to employment since employers generally view ex-offenders as potentially untrustworthy workers and insurance companies usually designate ex-offenders as being “not bondable” for job honesty … The bonds issued by the FBP [Federal Bonding Program] serve as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to the employe... Read More
WEB
2013
Document 027679
EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community
By Dietrich, Sharon M.. Community Legal Services, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA).
This report examines the compliance of employers with enforcement guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the use of criminal records in the hiring of people who have criminal records (including non-convictions). Sections of this brief include: introduction; at the grassroots level, criminal records are an intractable barrier to employment; impact of the Guidance—some changes in employer behavior, but miles to go; overcoming criminal record stigma to fac... Read More
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12 pages
2013
Document 027586
Estimating the Benefits of a Faith-Based Correctional Program
By Duwe, Grant; Johnson, Byron R..
This “recent outcome evaluation of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (InnerChange), a faith-based prisoner reentry program that has operated within Minnesota’s prison system since 2002, showed the program is effective in lowering recidivism. This study extends research on InnerChange by conducting a cost-benefit analysis of the program. Because InnerChange relies heavily on volunteers and program costs are privately funded, the program exacts no additional costs to the State of Minnesota. As a ... Read More
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2013
Document 027587
Inmate Tattoos and In-Prison and Post-Prison Violent Behavior
By Bales, William D.; Blomberg, Thomas G.; Waters, Kevin.
“Despite more than a century of interest and extensive literature on tattoos and crime, the potential relationship between inmate tattoos and in-prison violence and post-prison recidivism for violent crimes has been largely ignored in prior criminological research. The present study responds to this research void by providing a comprehensive empirical assessment of inmate tattoos and in-prison violence and post-prison recidivism for violent crimes” (p. 20). Findings show that inmates with one o... Read More
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12 pages
2013
Document 028011
Building Bridges: LGBT Populations: A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems
By Goldstein, Irene Saunders. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD).
“[D]espite some recent advances in understanding and acceptance, LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] individuals remain subject to the traumas of negative stereotyping, rejection, marginalization, and discrimination—all of which impede help-seeking behaviors. To compound the problem, LGBT individuals with mental health problems, addictions, or both, may experience additional forms of prejudice and discrimination related to each of those conditions … SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental ... Read More
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69 pages
2013
Document 027654
The Reentry and Employment Project
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments (CSG). Justice Center.
“The Reentry and Employment Project was developed to provide policymakers and practitioners with the resources and tools to improve reentry and employment outcomes for individuals with criminal histories. Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that for people released from prison or jail, employment can be the gateway to successful reentry. However, the barriers that millions of adults with criminal records face as they seek to enter the U.S. workforce are extensive and well documented... Read More
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2013
Document 027822
Reducing Criminal Recidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
By Rotter, Merrill; Carr, W. Amory. GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY).
If you work with mentally ill offenders you find this publication very useful. “In this document, we [the authors] review the leading offender recidivism–targeted intervention paradigm: Risk/Needs/Responsivity (RNR) … In particular, we focus on criminal thinking, one of the identified “needs,” and structured cognitive-behavioral interventions from the worlds of criminal justice and mental health that were created or adapted to specifically target the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated ... Read More
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6 pages
2012
Document 027320
Further Efforts Are Needed to Ensure the Internal Revenue Service Prisoner File Is Accurate and Complete
U.S. Treasury Dept. Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) (Washington, DC).
“Refund fraud committed by prisoners remains a significant problem for tax administration. The number of fraudulent tax returns filed by prisoners and identified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased from more than 18,000 tax returns in Calendar Year 2004 to more than 91,000 tax returns in Calendar Year 2010. The refunds claimed on these tax returns increased from $68 million to $757 million … To combat this growing problem, the IRS compiles a list of prisoners (Prisoner File) from... Read More
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28 pages
2012
Document 026121
Which Components of Transitional Jobs Programs Work Best? Analysis of Programs for Former Prisoners in the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration
By Yahner, Jennifer; Zweig, Janine M.. Urban Institute (Washington, DC).
An evaluation of the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration (TJRD) was implemented in order to discover which components of the TJRD positively impact outcomes. Results are provided for TJ (transitional job) program components associated with employment outcomes and with recidivism outcomes, which seemed to work best, whether effects vary across offender subgroups, and how many days in a TJ are best. “Overall, we observed a pattern of findings indicating that one TJ program component in particu... Read More
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17 pages
2012
Document 026298
Get the Facts: Dispelling the Myths about Ex-Offenders
By Carter, Francina. National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) (Washington, DC).
“Regardless of your workplace setting, you will probably encounter someone with a criminal record. Workforce development professionals need the facts about strategies and services that help to reduce the barriers to employment and support services faced by their clients with criminal records … [One] will learn: 1. What the federal policy actually restricts; 2. Where to find resources and fact sheets that will help explain the rights of ex-offenders; 3. Strategies for working with local officials... Read More
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27 pages
2012
Document 026238
In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment
By Solomon, Amy L..
The impact of criminal records on an individual’s chances of getting a job are discussed. One important observation is that “many people who have been arrested — and, therefore, technically have a criminal record that shows up on a background check — were never convicted of a crime “ (p. 43). Sections of this article include: a substantial share (nearly 33%) of the U.S. population has arrest records; people of color are disproportionately impacted; incarcerated populations face a broad set of ch... Read More
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10 pages
2012
Document 026255
Update on Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Disparate Impact Based on Race and National Origin
U.S. Dept. of Labor. Employment and Training Administration Advisory System (Washington, DC).
“The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) is to provide information about exclusions based on criminal records, and how they are relevant to the existing nondiscrimination obligations for the public workforce system and other entities (including the “covered entities” listed above) that receive federal financial assistance to operate Job Banks, to provide assistance to job seekers in locating and obtaining employment, and to assist employers by screening and referring q... Read More
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20 pages
2012
Document 025905
Hiring Offenders-What Works-National Institute of Corrections-DC Public Safety Television
By P. Elizabeth Taylor; Parker, Constance; Lewis, Tony; Tate, Furard. DC Public Safety (Washington, DC).
"The current television program focuses on “what works” regarding offender employment from a national and local perspective. The first half contains interviews with two experts from the National Institute of Corrections. The second half includes interviews with a CSOSA [(District of Columbia) Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency] employment specialists and an employer who hires former offenders. All guests were asked to articulate specifics that are evidence based and proven successful... Read More
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2012
Document 025838
More Than a Job: Final Results from the Evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Transitional Jobs Program
By Redcross, Cindy; Millenky, Megan; Rudd, Timothy; Levshin, Valarie. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) (Washington, DC); MDRC (New York, NY).
The final results from a three-year evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) are reported. “Based in New York City, CEO is a comprehensive employment program for former prisoners — a population confronting many obstacles to finding and maintaining work. CEO provides temporary, paid jobs and other services in an effort to improve participants’ labor market prospects and reduce the odds that they will return to prison” (p. v). Chapters following an overview and executive summary... Read More
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166 pages
2012
Document 026023
The New EEOC Guidance in a Nutshell
By Bosworth, Angela. EmployeeScreenIQ Blog.
Do you want the new EEOC guidance regarding the use of criminal records in making hiring decisions in black and white? This website presents an excellent summary of this guidance. Sections of this article include: introduction; the new guidance; individualized assessment; best practices identified in the guidance; and practical implications for employers.... Read More
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3 pages
2012
Document 025981
EEOC Enforcement Guidance: Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Office of Legal Counsel (Washington, DC).
“The purpose of this Enforcement Guidance is to consolidate and update the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidance documents regarding the use of arrest or conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.” (p. 1). This document is divided into eight sections: summary; introduction; background; disparate treatment discrimination and criminal records; disparate impact discrimination and criminal record... Read More
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55 pages
2012
Document 025980
More Than a Job: Final Results from the Evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Transitional Jobs Program
By Redcross, Cindy; Millenky, Megan; Rudd, Timothy; Levshin, Valerie. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) (Washington, DC). U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Washington, DC); MDRC (New York, NY).
The final results from the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) three-year evaluation are presented. CEO is a comprehensive employment project for recently released inmates located in New York City. Chapters following an executive summary are: introduction; CEO program implementation and service receipt; impacts of CEO on employment and recidivism; benefit-cost analysis of the CEO program; and conclusion. While CEO significantly reduced recidivism for its clients and criminal justice system... Read More
WEB
166 pages
2012
Document 026034
Career Resources
Columbia University. Center for Career Education (CCE) (New York, NY).
This web portal is a great resource for those people looking to find a new job or make a career change. Points of entry are: learn about yourself; research and explore industries; gain experience; setting career goals; the basics; industry investigation; and research library and tools.... Read More
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2011
Document 026142
AB 1122 Bill Analysis
California Legislature (Sacramento, CA).
This bill establishes the California Tattoo Removal Program. It “[e]xpands the law relating to male candidates who are eligible for tattoo removal to include those who have tattoos that would be visible in a professional work environment” (p.1). This document will be helpful for other states or jurisdictions looking to create and implement a tattoo removal program of their own.... Read More
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3 pages
2011
Document 024941
Employment Information Handbook
U.S. Bureau of Prisons (Washington, DC).
This handbook “provides prisoners with contacts and other information that can help them to prepare for release” (p. 2). Sections contained in this guide are: purpose; what to do to prepare for release; employers who hire ex-offenders; federal programs to help ex-offenders; state and federal jobs for ex-offenders; loans and grants; programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor; other programs not directly related to employment; how to get a birth certificate; state contacts for vital docume... Read More
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54 pages
2011
Document 024972
65 Million “Need Not Apply”: The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks for Employment
By Rodriguez, Michelle Natividad; Emsellem, Maurice. Open Society Institute-New York (New York, NY); Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, DC); Rosenberg Foundation (San Francisco, CA). National Employment Law Project (NELP) (New York, NY).
The exclusion of individuals with criminal records from employment is examined. People working with soon to be released prisoners or ex-offenders should be aware of this issue. The ability to find gainful employment, one of the critical needs for successful reentry, will be critically impacted by the sometimes unnecessary checking of criminal histories. Six sections are contained in this report: introduction; shutting workers with criminal records out of the job market compromises the economy an... Read More
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36 pages
2011
Document 024759
Administrative Guide: Offender Workforce Development Specialist Partnership Training Program
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
A description of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) Partnership Training Program is provided. “This administrative guide provides an overview of the training program, including its benefits and requirements…and information needed to make an informed decision for participating in the training program, including the criteria for selecting a qualified, multidisciplinary team of trainees” (p. 1). The following sections comprise this guide: overview of the training program; introduc... Read More
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36 pages
2011
Document 025136
Resource Directory for Prisoners
SourcePoint Global Outreach. Naljor Prison Dharma Service (Santa Cruz, CA).
This is a very well done guide for enabling inmates to connect with various outreach and personal growth services. These programs are organized into the following areas: spiritual resources—Buddhist; spiritual resources—Christian; spiritual resources—Hindu and Yoga; further resources for psychological and spiritual transformation—ageless wisdom, interfaith, metaphysical, Native American, and psychology; legal support; free book resources; pen pal correspondence—Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and n... Read More
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29 pages
2011
Document 025219
Offender Workforce Development Services Makes an Impact
By Lichtenberger, Eric; Weygandt, Scott. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Results from an ongoing evaluation project on the effectiveness of offender workforce development (OWD) services are presented. “Drug and alcohol abuse and/or not continuing substance abuse treatment was identified as almost a universal barrier to post-release success” (p. 67). Those individuals that receive OWD services have a recidivism rate 33% lower than the comparison group.... Read More
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2 pages
2011
Document 024978
Offender Employment Retention: Worth the Work [Satellite/Internet Broadcast]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 700,000 individuals are released from prisons yearly—with an additional 9 million adults cycling through local jails. Research indicates that employment is an important component of successful reentry, but most offender programs do not address the complex behavioral health issues that impact the offender’s ability to obtain and retain gainful employment while remaining crime free. Offender programming should target individuals at high r... Read More
VIDEO
2 video DVDs (180 minutes)
2011
Document 025438
Ex-Offender Employment Opportunities
By Kincaid, Erin; Lawrence, Alison. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) (Denver, CO).
An overview is presented of issues related to an ex-offender getting a job. Sections cover: hiring regulations—disqualifications, proof of rehabilitation, and applications; record cleaning; employer liability and incentives; skills training and reentry services; and federal support.... Read More
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6 pages
2011
Document 025448
The Path to Successful Reentry: The Relationship Between Correctional Education, Employment and Recidivism
By Cronin, Jake. Univerity of Missouri. Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Institute of Public Policy (Columbia, MO).
The ability of education acquired in prison to increase post-incarceration employment rates and lower recidivism rates is examined. Sections of this article include: abstract; introduction; the impact of correctional education in Missouri; education and employment; education and recidivism; employment and recidivism; the pathway to lower recidivism rates; and conclusion. Results “show that inmates who increase their education in prison are more likely to find a full-time job after prison, and th... Read More
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6 pages
2011
Document 025443
Final Technical Report: Neighborhoods, Recidivism, and Employment Among Returning Prisoners
By Morenoff, Jeffrey D.; Harding, David J.. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
The impact of the community in which an offender resides on that individual’s potential for recidivism and employment is investigated. Sections following an abstract include: executive summary; introduction; research design and data collection; results according to frequency and timing of recidivism, neighborhoods and recidivism, and neighborhoods and employment; and conclusion. It appears that “neighborhood context predicted both the recidivism and labor market outcomes of former prisoners” (p.... Read More
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132 pages
2011
Document 025503
Industry Recognized Certification: A Pathway to Reentry
By MacDonald, Stephen; Nink, Carl. MTC Institute (Centerville, UT).
The use of industry-based certification to increase the likelihood that ex-offenders will succeed in finding jobs is explained. Certification plays a vital role because the “reentry success of inmates requires that they develop skills consistent with industry standards and that they obtain recognized and marketable certification, which employers often use as one important criterion for hiring” (p. 1). Sections compiling this publication are: introduction; need for skilled labor; need for certifi... Read More
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20 pages
2011
Document 025514
Advocacy Toolkits to Combat Legal Barriers Facing Individuals with Criminal Records
Open Society Institute-New York. After Prison Initiative (New York, NY). Legal Action Center (New York, NY).
Strategies for reducing the challenges faced by ex-offenders reentering their communities are explained by this series of Toolkits. Each kit contains sections regarding what the roadblock is, problems associated with it, and ways to change it, what advocates can do, model laws, Action Alerts, sample advocacy letters, (soon to be included) sample editorials for media outreach. Available Toolkits are: Prohibit Inquiries About Arrests That Never Led to Conviction; Standards for Hiring People with C... Read More
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2011
Document 025506
White Paper on Education, Employment, and the Ex- Offender in Missouri Prepared by the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) 2011
By Hall, Clyde; Williams, Benjamin M.. St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) (St. Louis, MO).
Strategies for dealing with the challenges ex-offenders face with employment and education are explained. Topics covered include: ex-offender population and recidivism; people with convictions face significant employment barriers; people with convictions have less educational attainment; and employers do not easily hire formerly incarcerated individuals.... Read More
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4 pages
2011
Document 025510
Criminal Records and Employment
National Employment Law Project (NELP) (New York, NY).
This website is a great resource for information about the employment of individuals with criminal records. It contains: a regularly updated list of federal and state policy reforms; city hiring initiatives; employment rights of workers with criminal records; transportation worker background checks; additional NELP resources; news; and materials for workers.... Read More
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2011
Document 025575
Tell Me More: Does Re-Entry Turn Tax Takers To Tax Payers?
By Martin, Michel; Solis, Hilda; Gaskins, Jennifer. NPR Online (Washington, DC); National Public Radio (Washington, DC).
The relationship between re-entry, employment, and recidivism is discussed by host Michel Martin, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and ex-offender Jennifer Gaskins.... Read More
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5 pages
2011
Document 025634
An Evaluation of the Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Final Report
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections (St. Paul, MN).
The impact of Minnesota’s Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) on post-release employment and recidivism are evaluated. Two case assistant/reentry coordinators were place within the criminal justice system, not outside it, in order to better facilitate interagency connections between facility and community-based staff. This report is necessary reading for agencies thinking of implementing a similar offender employment system. Sections of this report include an executive summary, a description of PR... Read More
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32 pages
2010
Document 024284
Is Employment Associated With Reduced Recidivism? The Complex Relationship Between Employment and Crime
Those interested in the relationship between employment and recidivism experienced by parolees should find this interesting reading. “Along with determining whether obtaining employment on release from prison [in Texas] is associated with decreased odds of reincarnation, this article analyzes whether obtaining employment is associated with increase time to reincarceration” (p.1). While getting a job following release from prison does not largely reduce reincarceration long-term, the time it too... Read More
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15 p.
2010
Document 024374
Transitional Jobs: Background, Program Models, and Evaluation Evidence
By Bloom, Dan. MDRC (New York, NY).
People working with offender employment services will find this article of interest. It provides another strategy for finding work for this often hard-to-employ population. “Transitional jobs programs provide temporary, wage-paying jobs, support services, and job placement help to individuals who have difficulty getting and holding jobs in the regular labor market” (p.vii). After an abstract come these sections: background—the goals and evolution of subsidized employment programs; transitional j... Read More
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51 p.
2010
Document 023066
Career Resource Centers: An Emerging Strategy for Improving Offender Employment Outcomes
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Justice (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Education (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections. Transition and Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
“This bulletin highlights the ways career resource centers are being used in jails , prisons, and community supervision offices to improve the long-term employment prospects of offenders” (p.1). Sections of this publication include: common elements of career resource centers; getting started; working with inmate career clerks; building community ties; role of assessment in career resource centers; technology resources; finding champions and overcoming resistance; and future directions. Also i... Read More

18 p. + 1 computer disk; DVD-ROM
2010
Document 024571
Tuning In to Local Labor Markets: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study
By Maguire, Sheila; Freely, Joshua; Clymer, Carol; Conway, Maureen; Schwartz, Deena. Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) (Philadelphia, PA).
Results from a “random assignment evaluation to assess whether [mature] sector-focused programs could in fact increase the earnings of low-income, disadvantaged workers and job seekers” are presented (p.ii). These six chapters follow an executive summary: introduction; overall effects and key findings; program-specific findings; programmatic approaches; and conclusions and implications for further research. Those individuals who participated in sector-focused programs were much more likely to wo... Read More
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78 p.
2010
Document 024626
Expanding Opportunity: Employing the Formerly Incarcerated in the Green Economy
National Employment Law Project (NELP) (Oakland, CA); PolicyLink (Oakland, CA); Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (Oakland, CA).
This paper can help individuals “in their work to overcome systemic barriers and fundamentally transform the opportunities of people with criminal records in society and build healthy communities of opportunity for all” (p.1). Sections of this publication are the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)--building an inclusive Green economy; breaking down the barriers to employment of people with criminal records; the basic protections regulating criminal background checks for employment (i.e., fe... Read More
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8 p.
2010
Document 024622
Cities Pave the Way: Promising Reentry Policies that Promote Local Hiring of People with Criminal Records
By Emsellem, Maurice; Neighly, Madeline. National League of Cities. Institute for Youth, Education and Families (Washington, DC); National Employment Law Project (NELP) (New York, NY).
Individuals involved with helping ex-offenders find employment after their release from incarceration will find this guide very interesting. It “assembles the most promising local policies that promote the hiring of people with criminal records” (p.1). Seven parts are contained in this publication: introduction; the basics, the city hiring process; three steps to a model city hiring policy; leverage development funds to target jobs for people with criminal records; expanding bid incentive progra... Read More
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12 p.
2010
Document 024703
Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility
By Western, Bruce; Pettit, Becky. Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Center on the States. Public Safety Performance Project (Washington, DC); Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Economic Policy Group. Economic Mobility Project (Washington, DC).
The deep impact of incarceration on economic mobility, “the ability of individuals and families to move up the income ladder over their lifetime and across generations,” is documented (p. 3). Sections following an executive summary include: the growth, scale, and concentration of incarceration in America; the impact of incarceration on employment, wages, and economic mobility; the intergenerational impact of incarceration; promoting economic mobility; and conclusion.... Read More
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40 pages
2010
Document 024757
CPC Newsline for People with Less-than-Ideal Backgrounds
Cypress College. Career Planning Center (Cypress, CA).
This issue covers how ex-offenders can find employment even if their records are “not-so-hot.” Topics discussed include: test your job knock-out potential; seven steps to finding a job fast; if you have red flags in your background when interviewing for a job; lowering your red flags during a job interview; workplace skills; skills for ex-offender job seekers; barriers to employment for ex-offenders; 10 job hunting tips if you have a felony on your record; resume tips after being fired; best ans... Read More
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21 pages
2010
Document 024662
Employment and Female Offenders: An Update of the Empirical Research
By Flower, Shawn M.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
“The purpose of this bulletin is to explore the literature and summarize the empirical evidence related to the impact of employment on the criminal behavior of women” (p. 2). Sections comprising this publication are: female offender demographics; barriers to employment—overview, the role of the family and the community, time-management skills, and the role of agency; correctional education and vocational programs—education programs, vocational/technical programs, overall effectiveness of these p... Read More
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24 pages
2010
Document 024764
Ex-Offenders and the Labor Market
By Schmitt, John; Warner, Kris. Center for Economic and Policy Research (Washington, DC).
The authors use U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics data to show the negative impact of ex-offender unemployment on the U.S. economy. Sections following an executive summary are: introduction; estimating the size of the ex-offender population; the effects of imprisonment and felony conviction on subsequent employment and wages; estimating the impact of the ex-offender population on total employment and output; and conclusion. The unemployment of ex-prisoners resulted in a reduction in employment r... Read More
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22 pages
2010
Document 024838
The Offender Employment Retention Forum: Meeting Summary
By Rossman, Shelli B.; Neusteter, S. Rebecca. National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC). Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center (Washington, DC).
Individuals that work in the offender employment field will find this publication very useful. It discusses “the feasibility of applying a relapse prevention model, inclusive of case management, to workforce retention” (p. 1). Sections of the meeting summary are: introduction; the Offender Employment Retention Forum; topics covered on February 3, 2010—the vision, overview of the process, existing curricula, and the DACUM Profile for Employment Retention Specialist; and topics covered on February... Read More
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150 pages
2010
Document 024853
Potential of Redemption in Criminal Background Checks
By Blumstein, Alfred; Nakamura, Kiminori. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
While this is a fairly statistical driven study, it is one of the few that takes a close look at criminal background checks and their negative impact on employment. The authors intend “to provide guidance on the possibility of “redemption,” (which [they] define as the process of lifting the burden of the prior record), and to provide guidance on how one may estimate when such redemption is appropriate” (p. 2). Before a detailed analysis of this study’s data, an introduction covers the prevalence... Read More
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58 pages
2010
Document 025335
Recidivism Effects of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Program Vary by Former Prisoners’ Risk of Reoffending
By Zweig, Janine; Yahner, Jennifer; Redcross, Cindy. MDRC (New York, NY).
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is a transitional jobs program for released inmates. It aims to help them achieve long-term employment which reduces recidivism. Individuals developing or modifying similar programs will find the lessons learned by this organization to be very useful. Sections of this report include: background; the CEO program impact evaluation; current research questions; the analytic approach; what predicts risk of recidivism; whether the impact of CEO on recidivi... Read More
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24 pages
2010
Document 026896
The Effect of the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program on Labor Market Outcomes of Prison Releasees
By Cox, Robynn.
The impact of the Prison Industry Enhancement Certificate Program (PIE) on the duration of unemployment, its length, and earnings of program participants is determined. This paper is divided into seven sections: introduction; literature review; the Prison Industry Enhancement Certificate Program (PIE); theoretical background; methodology; findings regarding sample demography, how PIE participation affects employment outcomes, and how PIE participation affects wages; and conclusion. “The results ... Read More
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44 pages
2009
Document 023065
Creating a Workforce Development Culture to Reduce Reincarceration
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Justice (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Education (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections. Transition and Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
This document highlights Vermont’s Workforce Development Program. Male participants that successfully completed the program lowered their reincarceration rate from 74% to 59% at six months following release, females lowered their rate from 63% to 38%. Topics discussed include:
  • Creating a unique workforce culture
  • Habits of Mind curriculum
  • Workplace application
  • Evidence of effectiveness
  • Program replication
  • Future of the program
  • ... Read More
PDF
12 p.
2009
Document 024136
Using Labor Market Information to Promote Positive Employment Outcomes for Offenders
By Rakis, John. National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
“This instructional disk is intended to provide you with a comprehensive overview of Labor Market Information (LMI) and give you the informational tools to increase short-term and long-term employment outcomes for the offenders under your supervision.” Users will be able to: understand labor market information concepts and terms; identify key LMI resources and to know how to access them; use LMI to assist offenders in making career choices; use LMI to identify occupations that will experience jo... Read More

1 computer disk; CD-ROM
2008
Document 022996
Simulated Online/Kiosk Job Application
National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
Each year, more and more employers are requiring job applicants to apply online or at a computer kiosk. Offenders in prisons, jails, parole and probation offices, faith-based agencies, and community-based organizations can use this CD-ROM to practice completing an employment application using a computer that does not have access to the Internet. This simulation training program provides basic information about computerized employment applications, tips for completing online job applications,... Read More
ZIP
1 CD-ROM
2008
Document 023548
Women and Work: Gender Responsivity and Workforce Development
  • [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held September 24-25, 2008]
  • National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
    This training program presents strategies for making women offender workplace development programs more responsive to their clients. Topics include:
    • Emerging evidence-based gender responsive practices
    • Information strategies and case management models
    • Career theories and assessment tools
    • Collaborative relationships that support effective reentry
    • How a history of criminal convictions impacts job search efforts
    • Women Offender Case Management Model (WOCMM)
    • Strengths and nee... Read More

    4 DVDs (353 min) + 1 CD
    2007
    Document 022173
    Administrative Guide: Offender Workforce Development Specialist Partnership Training Program
    National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division. (Washington, DC).
    An overview of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) Partnership Training Program is provided. Current training is offered by invitation only to teams of twelve people. Modules of instruction include: career development theory and application; understanding and using facilitation skills; the role of assessment in career planning and job placement; instruction and group facilitation; designing and implementing training and work development services; barriers to employment; ethics a... Read More
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    27 p.
    2006
    Document 021601
    Correctional Industries Preparing Inmates for Re-Entry: Recidivism & Post-Release
    By Smith, Cindy J.; Bechtel, Jennifer; Patrick, Angie; Smith, Richard R.; Wilson-Gentry, Laura. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    "This report summarizes the first national review of the recidivism and post-release effects of the Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) engaging state prison inmates in private sector jobs since 1979" (p. 6). Sections following an executive summary are: abstract; introduction; methods; key findings and discussion regarding how PIECP participation increases post-release employment and reduces recidivism; and policy recommendations.... Read More
    PDF
    86 p.
    2006
    Document 021962
    Inclusion of Proposed Job Titles & Descriptions in SOC Revisions
    National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
    Skills, functions, and duties are provided for the following job descriptions: Offender Employment Specialist (OES); Offender Job Retention Employment Specialist (OJRS); Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS); and Offender Workforce Development Program Manager (OWDPM).... Read More
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    14 p.
    2006
    Document 021352
    Offender Job Retention: A Report from the Offender Workforce Development Division, National Institute of Corrections
    By Houston, Melissa. National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
    Results from a survey of offender employment and retention issues that utilizes close-ended questions regarding topics such as assessment, case management, follow-up, and relapse are analyzed. This report is comprised of the following sections: introduction; theory; assessment; case management; job retention relapse model; relapse prevention plans; and the future of offender job retention efforts by practitioners.... Read More
    PDF
    15 p.
    2005
    Document 020910
    Results of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist Post-Training Survey
    National Institute of Corrections. Offender Workforce Development Division (Washington, DC).
    Results from a "post-training survey to assess the usability of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the course [Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)] content by the participant once they return to the job" are presented (p. 1). An executive summary is divided into four parts -- background, methods, summary of results, and next steps. Twenty-six survey questions and results are organized by the following sections: team collaboration and internal effects; building external support... Read More
    PDF
    10 p.
    2004
    Document 018952
    OCJTP Annual Report to Congress: Fiscal Years 2001 and 2002
    By Moore, John E.; Weygandt, Scott. National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    Work done during fiscal years 2001 and 2002 by the Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (OCJTP) to "enhanc[e] offenders' abilities to enter and remain in the labor market" is summarized (p. iii). Sections of this report include: introduction and background; activities and accomplishments; clearinghouse services; news articles; status of correctional job training and placement programs in the U.S.; and activities of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Inmate Placement Program Branch.... Read More
    PDF
    18 p.
    2003
    Document 018939
    Job Descriptions
    National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    "[A] comprehensive list of skills, functions, and duties for use by agencies in developing job descriptions for Offender Employment Specialist (OES), Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) and Offender Workforce Development Program Manager (OWDPM)" are identified and provided (p. 1).... Read More
    PDF
    15 p.
    2003
    Document 018938
    Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement Glossary of Terms
    National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    A list of definitions for the most commonly used terms in training programs sponsored by this agency (OCJTP) are provided. ... Read More
    PDF
    5 p.
    2002
    Document 018209
    Corrections Employment Eligibility for Ex-Offenders
    By Biasca, Debra H.. LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections. Prisons Division (Washington, DC).
    Practices of correctional agencies when hiring individuals with criminal histories are examined. This study contains sections about: authority to hire ex-offenders; convictions as a permanent bar to correctional employment; convictions as a temporary bar; other approaches to determining suitability for correctional employment; special issues, such as positions requiring offender contact, drug possession vs. sale convictions, juvenile criminal history, non-conviction factors, military record, mor... Read More
    PDF
    10 p.
    2002
    Document 017635
    Time to Work: Managing the Employment of Sex Offenders Under Community Supervision
    By Seleznow, Eric. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Justice Programs (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); State Justice Institute (Alexa. Center for Sex Offender Management (Silver Spring, MD).
    The management of sex offenders "on the job in a way that adequately restricts offenders, protects the public, and simultaneously promotes successful offender reintegration" is discussed (p. 1). This report provides a look at: the importance of work; key elements in employment supervision; assessing potential job placements; establishing relationships with employers; using confidentiality waivers; making job placement decisions; and monitoring and follow-up contact with employers.... Read More
    PDF
    12 p.
    2001
    Document 017080
    Report to the United States Congress on the Activities of the Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement During Fiscal Year 2000 (October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2000)
    By Moore, John E.. National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    Highlights of this Office's accomplishments and the status of correctional job training and placement in the U.S. are provided. Contents of this report include: foreword; introduction; background; activities and accomplishments -- office coordination, interagency coordination, public presentations, national telecast, information exchange activities, cooperative agreements, technical assistance, training, clearinghouse/information services, news articles, and purchase of copyright release privil... Read More
    PDF
    23 p.
    2000
    Document 015957
    Report to the Congress of the United States on the Activities of the Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement During Fiscal Year 1999
    National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    Contents include: introduction; background; status of correctional job training and placement programs in the United States -- Federal Bureau of Prisons, state, and local efforts; national forum; focus groups; office coordination; interagency coordination; cooperative agreements such as job retention literature review and software development for program replication; training efforts such as the development of a curriculum for Offender Workforce Development Specialists, Offender Employment Speci... Read More
    PDF
    15 p.
    1999
    Document 014886
    Report to the Congress of the United States on the Activities of the Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement During Fiscal Year 1998
    National Institute of Corrections. Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (Washington, DC).
    Referring to the activities conducted during the year, this report covers the status of job training and placement programs, federal agency coordination, training, and public information and clearinghouse activities. Training included offender employment specialist training, training through technical assistance, workshops conducted, and planning for a national forum in March 1999. Several publications are listed that feature promising programs for integrating offenders into the workforce.... Read More
    PDF
    7 p.
    1998
    Document serial644
    Chicago's Safer Foundation: A Road Back for Ex-Offenders
    By Finn, Peter. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Education. Office of Correctional Ed. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    The Safer Foundation helps ex-offenders find and hold jobs, and has expanded its focus to provide basic education, life skills training, support for solving social problems, and followup services after placement. Its Programmed Activities for Correctional Education (PACE) Institute provides detainees and inmates in Chicago's Cook County Jail with basic education and life skills courses and some one-on-one tutoring. Its Crossroads Community Correctional Center, Illinois' largest work rele... Read More
    PDF
    19 p.
    1998
    Document serial643
    Texas' Project RIO (Re-Integration of Offenders)
    By Finn, Peter. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Education. Office of Correctional Ed. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    Providing job preparation services to inmates while they are still incarcerated in state prisons, Project RIO also provides job placement services to parolees in every county in Texas. According to a 1992 independent evaluation, a large percentage of RIO participants found employment, and only 23 percent of high-risk participants returned to prison compared with 38 percent of non-RIO parolees. ... Read More
    PDF
    19 p.
    1998
    Document serial636
    Successful Job Placement for Ex-Offenders: The Center for Employment Opportunities
    By Finn, Peter. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Education. Office of Correctional Ed. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) in New York City provides newly released offenders, primarily boot camp releasees, with a program designed to ease their reintegration into society. This "Program Focus" describes the transition from work crew participation to job placement interview, to permanent employment, to follow-up services. Responsibilities of the CEO staff, its relationship with the community, its success rate, and testimonials from CEO participants are included. ... Read More
    PDF
    19 p.
    1998
    Document serial660
    The Delaware Department of Correction Life Skills Program
    By Finn, Peter. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Education. Office of Correctional Ed. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC).
    This Program Focus profiles a 4-month state program for incarcerated men and women which includes academics, violence reduction, and applied life skills and incorporates a Moral Reconation Therapy approach. It addresses issues in staffing and program development, describes program costs, and provides vignettes of participants' experiences during and after the program. ... Read More
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    19 p.
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