A brand new white paper from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in partnership with the US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides an integrated strategy for reentry and employment for Returning Citizens.
According to the white paper, "Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that for people released from prison or jail, employment can be the gateway to successful reentry." They cite evidence from Bureau of Justice Assistance and Urban Institute studies that demonstrate that getting returning citizens employed can reduce recidivism, and that returning citizens themselves cite having a job as key to avoiding criminal activity.
The white paper outlines a comprehensive resource allocation and service matching tool and advocates for an integrated service delivery approach that includes eight program components for reentry employment programs:
* education and training
* soft skills and cognitive skills development
* transitional job placements
* non-skill-related interventions
* non-transitional subsidized employment
* job development and coaching
* retention and advancement services
* financial work incentives
The comprehensive Reentry Employment program at PA CareerLink of Lancaster County incorporates the major components recommended by BJA and CSG.
To learn more about the important role that employment plays in reducing recidivism, and to get information about the Reentry Employment program at PA CareerLink of Lancaster County, please join us at this event:
Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board Summit
"Employment and Re-Entry: Successfully Integrating Returning Citizens into the Community"
Friday December 20, 2013
7:15am - 9:30am
Eden Resort Inn, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA
The event is free (breakfast included), but registration is required.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Michael Potteiger, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, will be the keynote speaker.
An overview of the CSG/BJA white paper is available here.