In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, the Council of State Governments Justice Center is accepting applications for jurisdictions interested in becoming pilot sites to test the strategies outlined in the recently released Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness white paper. The jurisdictions selected for participation in the pilot project will have the opportunity to become national leaders in implementing cutting-edge strategies at the intersection of reentry and workforce development.
Selected jurisdictions will be given intensive technical assistance for three years to support the design and implementation of an integrated reentry strategy that brings together workforce development and corrections partners. The components of the strategy include assessing the employment and reentry needs of individuals on community supervision and developing policies and procedures to match individuals to appropriate services based upon their specific needs. The technical assistance includes:
- Helping the jurisdictions develop a policy framework for targeting available service and supervision resources to individuals in a way that will maximize outcomes by analyzing the specific needs of the population and helping the jurisdiction implement an assessment-driven, client- and service-matching system.
- Bringing in national experts to help train corrections staff and service providers on how to ensure that they are targeting available resources effectively and how to provide effective employment-focused reentry services for higher-risk individuals.
- Supporting a third-party evaluation to assess the impact of policy and practice changes on recidivism and employment outcomes for the target population. Lessons from this evaluation will inform a national conversation on the importance of employment in an effective reentry process.
For more information on the strategies supported by this pilot project, please reference the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper.
Interested jurisdictions must submit a letter of interest by August 15, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET. For the application and more information on the project, please click here.