By AP News Staff
Most people in Indiana’s parole program are finding jobs after their release from prison despite having felony convictions, the program’s director says.
About 80 percent of Indiana residents on parole have found employment, and most of those who fail on parole haven’t found a job or have their parole revoked because they use drugs and refuse treatment, said Indiana Parole Division Director Doug Huyvaert.
An average of 100 to 150 people have their parole revoked every month, or about 2 percent of the state’s 6,000 parolees, he said.
“We make it clear parole is not easy,” Huyvaert told The Herald-Times. “And that they will be held accountable.”
Inmates being released from prison typically leave with just a new set of clothes and some cash to help them find temporary housing. Parole officers will refer inmates to a variety of services to help with substance abuse, mental health and employment.
Parole officers also work with the state’s Department of Workforce Development to ensure inmates receive job training during their incarceration. Classes include manufacturing, welding, computer coding and automotive technology.
The state’s Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry program helped more than 1,000 ex-offenders find jobs last year.