Nearly 3,500 people in Kansas prisons do not have a high school diploma or GED, and only about 700 people in the state’s correctional facilities receive any type of education and training services.
As a result, people are left to return to the community without the support they need, lessening their chances of success following release. Thaddeus Watts is one of the lucky ones.
While incarcerated at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Thaddeus participated in the Private Industry program, which provides employment opportunities at more than two dozen private companies for people serving their sentences at Kansas’s eight correctional facilities. Thaddeus received on-the-job training at MAICO Industries during his incarceration and accepted a position with the company following his release in 2018.
Kansas is currently exploring ways to address barriers to successful reentry, including employment challenges that people in the justice system often face, as part of the state’s participation in the Justice Reinvestment initiative.
Hear why Thaddeus considers himself a success story and how this type of training could help others inside Kansas prisons.
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