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Improving Job Readiness and Retention for Higher Risk Populations

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance

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For the overwhelming majority of people in federal and state prisons who will eventually reenter the community, finding employment plays a critical role in preventing recidivism. That said, it is not strictly job-placement services that can make the difference between reincarceration and successful reentry; ensuring people who are returning to communities from incarceration have the skills to not only find, but retain, jobs is also key.

During this webinar, participants learn about the integration of social learning and/or cognitive behavioral approaches, as well as other-risk reduction strategies, in employment program models. These lessons are especially useful for corrections and workforce development administrators and practitioners as well as community-based reentry service providers who are interested in improving employment outcomes for people assessed as being at a moderate to high risk of reoffending.

Presenters:

  • Erica Nelson, Project Manager, Reentry and Employment Program, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Chris Warland, Associate Director, Field Building, Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity
  • Amy Barch, Director, Turning Leaf Project