Community Organization for Ex-Offender Employment

Alabama

Alabama Correctional Industries – ACI’s primary purpose is to act as a work-training program for inmates in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections. Its secondary purpose is to provide state agencies, institutions, and political subdivisions with quality products and services including office furniture, corrugated boxes, vinyl binders, paint, janitorial supplies, mattresses, clothing, printing, data entry, custom license plates, metal fabrication, and furniture and automobile restoration.

1400 Lloyd Street
Montgomery, Al. 36107
1-800-ACI-7007
(334) 261-3600
(334) 240-3162

http://www.doc.state.al.us/industries.htm

Alabama Department of Labor – The Alabama Department of Labor operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Alabama is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Alabama Department of Labor

P.O. Box 303500
Montgomery, AL 36130
334-242-3460
334-240-3417

http://www.alalabor.state.al.us/

Alaska

Alaska Correctional Industries – Alaska Correctional Industries (ACI) combines agricultural, industrial, and service enterprises to give inmates the opportunity to use their time productively in a realistic work environment. The valuable skills and good work habits learned increase the chances for a successful reintegration into society. The aim is to provide an environment that mimics that which prevails in private industry. ACI produces quality products and services for sale to local, state and federal government organizations, school districts, non-profit organizations, and designated wholesalers.

Dave Mattson, General Manager
Alaska Correctional Industries
Alaska Department of Corrections
802 3rd St.
Douglas, AK 99824
907-272-6307
907-770-6303
www.alaskaci.com

Ketchikan House Arrest or Electronic Monitoring Program (HAP) – As an alternative to incarceration, offenders who meet certain criteria may be eligible for the House Arrest Program. HAP confines offenders to their homes through electronic monitoring and gives them the freedom to work and attend outpatient treatment facilities at a minimal cost. Minimum eligibility requirements include:

· Residence in the Ketchikan Area;

· Serving a sentence greater than 30 days but less than 2 years;

· Current offenses not involving domestic violence;

· No current or past convictions involving sexual offenses;

· Negative drug screen prior to acceptance;

· Agreement, in writing, to the terms and conditions of the program.

Alaska Department of Labor – The Alaska Department of Labor operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of which happens to be ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Alaska is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Alaska Department of Labor

P.O. Box 21149
Juneau, AK 99802
907-465-2700
907-465-2784
www.labor.state.ak.us/

 

Arizona

Prison Industry Program – The Mission of Arizona Correctional Industries is to “make available within the state correctional institutions opportunities for employment of inmates in jobs which combat idleness and develop good working habits.” The training and work experience provided by the program will help inmates secure and hold gainful employment upon release, thus reducing recidivism, all while driving down the costs of incarceration by selling inmate-produced goods and services.

John Spearman

Assistant Director

3701 West Cambridge Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85009

1-800-992-1738

602-255-3108

http://www.adc.state.az.us/corrindu.htm

Work Release Program – The Arizona DOC employs Community Correctional Centers as transitional environments for inmates who are being released from prison but still require state supervision. Those within 18 months of their parole certification date, possessing a Public Risk Score of two or less and a Correctional Classification Profile of three or less are eligible.

Charles Ryan, Acting Director
Arizona Department of Corrections
1601 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-5820
www.adc.state.az.us

Industrial Commission of Arizona – The Industrial Commission of Arizona operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Arizona is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Industrial Commission of Arizona
800 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-4515
602-542-8097
laboradmin {at} ica.state.az(.)us

www.ica.state.az.us

Arkansas

Arkansas Correctional Industries – Arkansas Correctional Industries (ACI) offers inmates a wide variety of industrial and service jobs including home and office furniture production, furniture refurbishing and upholstery, vehicle refurbishing, garment manufacturing, and graphic arts, printing, and imaging services to name a few. Inmates are of course placed in a professional work environment and are trained in a job or vocation that will be the first step toward a smooth transition.

Jerry Campbell, Industry Administrator
Arkansas Correctional Industries
2403 East Harding
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
870-850-8430
870-850-8440
jerry.campbell {at} mail.state.ar(.)us
www.acicatalog.com

Work Release Program – Inmates work in the community during the day and are housed at correctional facilities at night. The current program has a capacity of 515, with 465 being male and 50 being female. The program, which has proven to cut costs by putting some of the financial burden of incarceration on the offender, impacts 1,135 inmates per year.

Pre-Release Program – Inmates are enrolled in an intensive 30-day training program at the Benton, McPherson, and Wrightsville correctional facilities to prepare them for their return to society. A vocational education program offers education in 22 areas of study, provided by Riverside Vocational Technical School and funded by the Department of Workforce Education. To be eligible for the vocational education program an inmate must be disciplinary free for 60 days, Class 2 security status, and within 39 months of parole eligibility. Additional programs include a parenting skills program (offered at Wrightsville and Benton) and a work craft program.

Arkansas Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 8707
Pine Bluff, AR 71611
870-267-6999
870-267-6258
www.state.ar.us/doc/

Arkansas Employment Security Department – The Arkansas Employment Security Department operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Arkansas is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Arkansas Employment Security Department
#1 Pershing Circle
North Little Rock, AR 72114
501-682-2121
www.accessarkansas.org/esd/

California

Work Release Program – A work release program is available to most of the inmates in the California Department of Corrections, however, those charged with committing sexual offenses, violent crimes, and high-profile drug offenses are not eligible. In order to participate, inmates must be 12-16 months from release on parole. Participants are permitted to leave the correctional facility during the day for paid work experiences, but must return to a minimum-security facility at night.

Pre-Release Program – Each correctional facility within the California Department of Corrections operates its own pre-release program with its own curriculum. Programs typically run for three weeks and are not mandatory for the entire prison population, but those with anger management convictions or sentences must complete the program. Each facility assists inmates with resume development, job readiness, and obtaining a Department of Motor Vehicles identification card and Social Security card.

Don Smith, Program Director
California Department of Corrections
1515 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-327-3339

State Labor Commission – The State Labor Commission operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
California is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Department of Industrial Relations
455 Golden Gate Ave.,
9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-703-4810
415-703-4807

http://www.dir.ca.gov/

Colorado

Prison Industry Program – The Colorado Prison Industry Program allows inmates to participate in a range of programs including metal and furniture making, computer repair and recycling, saddle making, and a wild horse program (in partnership with the Land Management Program). The program differs throughout the system depending on the facility, and some training programs include a vocational education program. Certificates of achievement are awarded when inmates complete training. The program lowers the cost of incarceration while helping to ease the transition from prison to society.

Joseph Ortiz, Executive Director
Colorado Department of Corrections
2862 S. Circle Dr., Suite 400
Colorado Springs, CO
719-226-4701
719-226-4455
www.doc.state.co.us/

Work Release Program – The Colorado Division of Community Corrections is responsible for a community residential program. Non-violent offenders are eligible 19 months before parole eligibility and violent offenders are eligible nine months before parole eligibility. Residential programs provide 24-hour supervision, day reporting services, urine testing, and employment assistance. Offenders are allowed access to the community via a pass system, work experience or attendance at treatment programs. A non-residential Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) allows offenders the opportunity to live on their own or at an approved residence while maintaining daily monitoring and supervision. ISP is available to adult offenders transitioning from a community corrections residential program or from a correctional facility.

Jeaneene Miller, Divisions Director
Colorado Divisions of Parole/Community Corrections
12157 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
303-985-9805
pio {at} doc.state.co(.)us
www.doc.state.co.us/commcorr/commcorr.htm

Pre-Release Program – Pre-release services in Colorado are known as the Community Re-integration Program. Each correctional facility holds classes and seminars focusing mainly on life skills, and some employment skills (such as resume building and job hunting etiquette). Participation is not mandatory, but rates of compliance are high since the parole board is notified of an inmate’s attendance. A case manager refers offenders to a pre-release program on a case-by-case basis.

Joseph Ortiz, Executive Director
Colorado Department of Corrections
2862 So. Circle Dr., Suite 400
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-226-4701
719-226-4455
www.doc.state.co.us/

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of which happens to be ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Colorado is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Tower 11, Suite 400
1515 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-620-4701
303-318-8048
www.coworkforce.com/

Connecticut

Correctional Enterprises of Connecticut – Connecticut’s Prison Industry Program offers a wide range of products and services. Offenders are employed in the manufacture of furniture, sign making, data entry, dental and optical labs, mailing and laundry services, metal fabrication, and mattress manufacturing. CEC operates a large print shop that employs two professional full-time supervisors and 30 inmates. A major goal of the program is to impart to inmates marketable skills that will help them obtain and maintain gainful employment upon release.

Lawrence P. Mayer, Director
Correctional Enterprises of Connecticut
24 Wolcott Hill Rd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
860-692-7570
860-692-7628

http://www.ct.gov/doc/cwp/view.asp?a=1519&Q=265618&docNav=|

Post-Release Transitional Program – Community Enforcement Officers in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich and Waterbury monitor offenders in the community, enforce compliance with their conditions of release, and to verify employment, program attendance, and curfew stipulations. Annually it contracts with organizations to supply approximately 750 beds in the community for conditionally released offenders, rather than housing them in a correctional facility or state-operated halfway house.

Wayne T. Choinski, Deputy Warden
Community Enforcement Unit
Connecticut Department of Corrections
2 Walker Dr.
Enfield, CT 06083
860-763-8020
860-763-8030
www.doc.state.ct.us/org/FldCE.htm

Connecticut Department of Labor – The Connecticut Department of Labor operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Connecticut is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Charles Goorhigian, Bonding Services Coordinator
Connecticut Department of Labor

200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
860-263-6505
860-263-6529

http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/

Delaware

Delaware Prison Industries – This program is committed to reducing idleness in Delaware’s correctional facilities while preparing inmates for employment upon release. DPI offers quality goods and services at a discount to state agencies. The main goals of the program are to aid the offender in obtaining a marketable skill and to impart good work habits and discipline. Prison Industries operates the following programs out of two Delaware correctional facilities: auto maintenance, garment production, picture framing, silk screening, printing, small appliance repair, woodshop, and furniture manufacture and repair.

Ed Bower

Department of Corrections

245 McKee Rd

Dover, DE 19904

302-739-4378

Pre-Release Program – Pre-release services include classes in life skills, resume building techniques, interview skills, and parenting methods. Attendance is mandatory for some offenders, but remains optional for the majority of offenders. The Delaware Department of corrections also offers work (other than that which is offered through DPI, including kitchen staffing and janitorial work), and classes on substance abuse, anger management, and life skills.

Paul Howard, Bureau Chief
Gail Miner, Chief of Community Relations
Bureau of Prisons
Delaware Department of Corrections
245 McKee Rd., Administration Building
Dover, DE 19904
302-739-5601 ext 221

Community Corrections – Delaware’s Community Corrections Division possesses a multi-level functionality and some justice-involved individuals assigned to Community Corrections have served very little time. Some are on probation, house arrest, and other options. Others are under intensive supervision, such as electronic monitoring. Offenders denied parole are released at their good-time release date under the supervision of community corrections.

Noreen Renard, Bureau Chief
Delaware Department of Correction
Bureau of Community Corrections
Administration Building
245 McKee Rd.
Dover, DE 19904
302-739-5601 ext 250
www.state.de.us/correct/Data/BOCC.htm

Delaware Department of Labor – The Delaware Department of Labor operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Delaware is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Harold Stafford, Secretary of Labor
Delaware Department of Labor
4425 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19802
302-761-8000
302-761-6621

http://www.state.de.us/deptlabor/aboutDOL.shtml

Florida

PRIDE Enterprises – PRIDE Enterprises, a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1981, is Florida’s internationally recognized prison industry program. PRIDE offers inmates on-the-job training, job placement, and support to help ex-offenders’ transition back to society following a period of incarceration. PRIDE oversees 38 diverse industries in 22 different correctional facilities in the state of Florida. In 1999, PRIDE was chosen to help oversee the Federal Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Program, which offers private businesses the opportunity to utilize the prison industry workforce. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, PRIDE employs 200 civilians and over 2000 inmates, and yields sales of over $60 million a year.

Greg Hackley
PRIDE Enterprises
12425 – 28th St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
727-572-1987
727-570-3366
ghackley {at} pride-enterprises(.)com
www.peol.com

Work Release Program – 26 correctional facilities in Florida currently operate work release programs. Eligibility criteria include:

· Must be in custody for at least 90 days;

· Must have between 7 and 18 months remaining on sentence;

· No disciplinary reports for the prior 90 days;

· Must be at a community custody security level.

Work release participants leave correctional facilities during working hours and return to the facility during non-working hours

Pre-Release Program – In December 2002, the Florida Department of Corrections made its pre-release program mandatory for all prisoners released from Florida correctional facilities. This 100-hour program teaches employability skills, value clarification, interview skills and general life skills. Offenders who do not have jobs are referred to One Stop Career Centers.

Terri Gilliam, Bureau of Transitional Services
Florida Department of Corrections
2601 Blair Stone Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-410-4145
850-410-2500
gilliam.teresa {at} mail.dc.state.fl(.)us

Agency for Workforce Innovation – The Agency for Workforce Innovation operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Florida is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Agency for Workforce Innovation

Caldwell Bldg., Suite 100
107 E. Madison St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-245-7105
850-921-3223
www.floridajobs.org/Default.htm

Georgia

Georgia Correctional Industries – Created in 1960, GCI is a private corporation owned by the State of Georgia Department of Corrections. Inmates can receive on-the-job training and a certificate in welding or upholstery. Additionally, inmates can get certificates from affiliated technical institutes in graphic design or optical lab technology. Inmates do not receive compensation for their work in the correctional system, and the program maintains that meaningful job skills must be part of any GCI project.

Jerry Watson, Director
Georgia Correctional Industries
2984 Clifton Springs Rd.
Decatur, GA 30034
404-244-5100
404-244-5141

http://www.gci-ga.com/

Work Release Program – The state of Georgia Department of Corrections operates transition centers that are used largely for those granted the privilege of work release. There are approximately 900 beds available at any one time. Both female and male inmates are eligible. To be accepted in the transition program an inmate must be:

Within six to nine months of parole release;
Approved by DOC;
Have a good disciplinary record;
Completed programming required;
Recommended for acceptance into the program. Inmates are released on a daily basis for full-time work.
DOC assists the inmate in finding employment when possible. Work release is considered to be very important for those inmates who have served long sentences because of the support they receive at the transition center.

Jim Wetherington, Commissioner
Beth Oxford, Director of the Division of Programs
Georgia Department of Corrections
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Twin Towers East, Room 756
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-4593
www.dcor.state.ga.us

Georgia Department of Labor – The Georgia Department of Labor operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of which happens to be ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the department of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Georgia is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Michael Thurmond, Commissioner
Georgia Department of Labor
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., Suite 650
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-656-3011
commissioner {at} dol.state.ga(.)us
www.dol.state.ga.us

Hawaii

Prison Industry Program –

Correctional Industries Division
99-902 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701
808-486-2600

Pre-Release Program – Transitional planning and workforce development are conducted through the Correctional Education Department and are available to all inmates.

Maureen Tito, Director
Correctional Education Department
808-587-1279

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Hawaii is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Leonard Agor, Director
Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Keelikolani Bldg.
830 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-586-8844
808-586-9099
www.dlir.state.hi.us

Idaho

Idaho Department of Correction – The IDOC uses a team case management approach to the problems that persist in the field of corrections. Core programs include cognitive programs to encourage self-change, living-social skill programs, substance abuse programs, pre-release and ancillary programs such as anger management, life skills and financial management. Offenders released on parole must participate in community release for at least six months prior to release. Few vocational training programs are available. IDOC relies on the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of Idaho to provide additional training.

Ginger Wright, Program Coordinator
Idaho Department of Correction
1299 N. Orchard St., Suite 110
Boise, ID 83706
208-658-2000
208-327-7485
inquiry {at} corr.state.id(.)us

www.corrections.state.id.us

Idaho Department of Labor – The Idaho Department of Labor operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Idaho is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Roger Madsen, Director
Idaho Department of Labor
317 W. Main St.
Boise, ID 83735
208-334-6110
208-334-6430
RMADSEN {at} JOBSERVICE(.)US
www.labor.state.id.us

Illinois

Illinois Correctional Industries – Illinois Correctional Industries offers over 1700 male and female inmates the unique opportunity for self-rehabilitation. Through voluntary employment in a variety of services and industries, ICI helps to instill usable skills and positive work habits amongst the population, which have proven effective in easing the transition between incarceration and reentry. In order for inmates to be eligible, they must meet the following criteria:

· Good disciplinary status;

· At least a GED;

· Low escape risk

· Must have received a positive review by internal affairs;

· Must meet the facility time standard on time left on sentence.

Illinois Correctional Industries
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794

http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/industries/

Illinois Department of Corrections – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) operates work release centers called Adult Transitional Centers, two of which are for women only. To be eligible for transfer to an ATC, inmates must be within two years of their release date and be classified as a minimum security risk. Inmates are permitted to leave ATCs for approved activities such as work or school, but must return during non-working hours.

Donald N. Snyder, Jr., Director
Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277
217-522-2666
www.idoc.state.il.us

Illinois Department of Employment Security – The Illinois Department of Employment Security operates various programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the departments of labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.
The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.
The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.
Illinois is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Brenda Russell, Director
Illinois Department of Employment Security
401 S. State St., Floor 6
Chicago, IL 60605
312-793-9274
www.ides.state.il.us

Indiana

Prison Enterprises Network – PEN Products employs over 2000 inmates in a diverse gamut of industries including computer aided drafting (CAD), data conversion-GIS, printing, engraving, signage, park furniture, office and wood furniture, commercial laundry services, data entry, coil assembly, electronic component assembly, remanufacturing automotive parts, food processing including frozen meat /poultry products and dairy products, metal furniture and shelving, institutional clothing, janitorial and laundry products. PEN is an avid participant of the Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Program. Inmates are paid wages comparable to those holding down the same jobs in society but they are also responsible for room and board, federal and state taxes, victim’s restitution, and family/child support. Nancy Broglin, Division Director
PEN Products
Indiana Department of Correction
6075 Lakeside Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46278
317-388-8580
nbroglin {at} pen.doc.state.in(.)us

http://www.in.gov/indcorrection/org/pen/industries.html

Work Release Program – Indiana operates a total of three work release facilities in the state (one female and two male facilities). With the exception of violent or sex offenders, the program is open to anyone with two years or less remaining on their sentence.

Pre-Release Program – Participation in a pre-release program is mandatory for all Indiana prisoners. During the program, prisoners engage in 80 hours of curriculum that includes anger management, cognitive thinking, budget and financial management as well as housing, vocational and education needs.

Evelyn Ridley-Turner, Commissioner
Indiana Department of Corrections
302 W. Washington St., IGCS, Room E334
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-5780
ppattison {at} coa.doc.state.in(.)us
www.in.gov/indcorrection/

Indiana Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Each state is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

John Griffin, Commissioner
Indiana Department of Labor
Indiana Government Center – South
402 W. Washington St., Room W195
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2655
317-233-3790
www.in.gov/labor

Iowa

Iowa Prison Industries – IPI is a self-supporting corporation within the Iowa Department of Corrections that employs inmates in manufacturing (four facilities), farming and private sector work. Jobs include furniture manufacture (wood and metal), housekeeping and laundry supplies, clothing and mattresses and road signs. Other vocational training opportunities include graphic arts/printing, document conversion, high-speed duplicating and auto body repair. In every year since 1996, $10 million in revenue has been returned to the general fund for education, taxes, family support and room and board.

Roger L. Baysden, Deputy Director
Iowa Prison Industries
Iowa Department of Corrections
420 Watson Powell, Jr. Way
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-242-5705
515-242-5779
roger.baysden {at} doc.state.ia(.)us
www.iaprisonind.com

Iowa Department of Corrections – Iowa has nine correctional facilities housing a population of approximately 7,800 inmates. Pre-release programs are available at most facilities, but not all. These transitional programs include employment readiness, i.e. resume preparation, interview techniques, obtaining important documents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards and counseling on how to handle domestic issues when returning to a family situation. Other prison programs include sex offender treatment, substance abuse services and cognitive learning skills.

Gary D. Maynard, Director
Iowa Department of Corrections
420 Watson Powell, Jr. Way
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-242-5702
515-281-7345
www.doc.state.ia.us

Iowa Workforce Development – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Iowa is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Richard V. Running, Director
Iowa Workforce Development
1000 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-3447
515-281-4698
IWD.CustomerService {at} iwd.state.ia(.)us
www.iowaworkforce.org

Kansas

Prison Industry Program – There are two types of industry programs in Kansas. The traditional correctional industry is operated by the Department of Corrections and may sell its products only to other state agencies. Goods such as cleaning supplies, office furniture, metal goods and clothing are manufactured. The second type of industry is private correctional industries that are owned and operated by private companies that have their factories in or near a correctional facility. Inmates who work in this program must compete with other offenders for available jobs by submitting resumes and undergoing job interviews for available positions. These jobs also pay the federal minimum wage. Inmates must pay room and board, transportation to work sites and restitution of payment to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund as well as state and federal taxes.

Roger Haden, Deputy Secretary
Programs and Staff Development
Kansas Department of Corrections
4th Floor, Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66612
785-296-3317
785-296-0014

http://docnet.dc.state.ks.us

Work Release Program – Kansas has a work release program that is available to those offenders who are at minimum custody status, have a good institutional record and are within a certain time before parole release. Most offenders spend six to nine months in a work release facility transitioning from a secure facility to the community at large. Offenders may also be referred to work release by the parole board prior to parole release to demonstrate his/her ability to function in society.

Bill Miskell, Public Information Officer
Kansas Department of Corrections
4th Floor, Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66612
785-296-3317
785-296-0014 fax

http://docnet.dc.state.ks.us/

Kansas Department of Human Resources – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Kansas is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Richard Beyer, Secretary
Kansas Department of Human Resources
401 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603
795-296-5000
rbeyer {at} hr.state.ks(.)us

http://www.dol.ks.gov/index.html

Kentucky

Prison Industry Program – Kentucky’s Prison Industry Program employs over 800 inmates across the state in 23 discreet industries and services. Products manufactured include office furniture, custom wood furniture, cabinets, shelves, lockers, cleaning supplies, mattresses, signage, clothing and embroidery/silk screening. Services offered include data entry, furniture refurbishing/upholstery, bulk mailing, recycling and GIS mapping.

Gary L. Dennis, Director
Kentucky Correctional Industries
1041 Leestown Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-573-1040
502-573-1045

http://www.kcitoday.com/

Work Release Program –Inmates nearing parole eligibility are housed close to their hometowns in halfway houses under contract to the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Approximately 500 inmates participate in the program which assists inmates in becoming reacquainted with their families and community, giving them a head start in seeking, obtaining and maintaining employment. Many inmates are enrolled in vocational school and college programs. The centers also provide counseling services and employment assistance.

Community Services
Kentucky Department of Corrections
2349 Lawrenceburg Rd.
P.O. Box 2400
Frankenfort, KY 40602
502-564-7023
502-564-5229

http://www.corrections.ky.gov/

Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Kentucky is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Allen D. Rose, Secretary
Cabinet for Workforce Development
500 Mero St.
Capital Plaza Tower, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-6606
502-564-7967
www.kycwd.org

Louisiana

Louisiana Correction Services – LCS operates a wide variety of industries out of four of its correctional facilities. Products and services include home and office furniture, garment production, soap products, silk screening and sign making, metal fabrication, mattress manufacturing, and printing. A six-member board of directors oversees all operations.

H.C. Peck, Sr., Chairperson
Prison Enterprises Division
1060 Nicholson Drive
P.O. Box 44314
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
225-342-6633
225-342-5556
www.corrections.state.la.us/Offices/peindustry.htm

Corrections Organized for Re-Entry – Louisiana’s CORE program is a newly designed curriculum created to break the cycle of recidivism by offering inmates the resources, knowledge and skills necessary to survive outside of prison. While incarcerated, inmates are encouraged to learn marketable skills, recognize their deficiencies and strive to better themselves. The intensive planning stages of the program can begin as soon as three years prior to an inmate’s release. The program focuses on education, job skills and life skills. Behavior is monitored following release and referrals to community programs are given. Partnerships with volunteer groups, local law enforcement, faith-based institutions and other organizations are developed to assist in reentry.

Richard L. Stalder, Secretary
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Services
504 Mayflower St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225-342-9711
225-342-3349
www.corrections.state.la.us

Louisiana Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Each state is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Dawn Watson, Secretary of Labor
Louisiana Department of Labor
1001 N. 23rd St.
P.O. Box 94094
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
225-342-3111
www.ldol.state.la.us

Maine

Prison Industry Program – Each of Maine’s five adult correctional facilities is home to Maine’s prison industry program. Inmates can excel in woodworking, clothing, embroidery, upholstery/re-upholstery, license plates, wood harvesting and engraving.

Prison Industry
Maine Department of Corrections
State House 111
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-4364
207-287-4370
kimberly.ellis {at} state.me(.)us

Pre-Release Centers – The Maine Department of Corrections operates six adult facilities including one pre-release center. Fewer than ten inmates remain under old sentencing statutes that require release on parole. Most inmates are released after serving flat sentences minus any earned good time (awarded at the rate of five days per month) and are released without post-release supervision, although some offenders are sentenced to additional probation supervision. The Central Maine Pre-Release Center accepts minimum-security inmates with less than 14 months to release. When an inmate has six months or less to serve, he or she may be released to the community to find paid employment. Adult educational classes such as life skills are offered at the pre-release facility by the local school district.

Martin Magnusson, Commissioner
Maine Department of Corrections
State House Station 111
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-4360
207-287-4370
Marty.Magnusson {at} state.me(.)us
www.state.me.us/corrections

Maine Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Maine is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Valerie R. Landry, Commissioner
Maine Department of Labor
54 State House Station
20 Union St.
Augusta, ME 04332
207-287-3788
207-287-5292
www.state.me.us/labor

Maryland

Prison Industry Program – Maryland’s Prison Industry Program, State Use Industries (SUI), provides inmates with a structured environment in which they will find training and employment that has shown to reduce recidivism upon release while decreasing the cost of incarceration. SUI provides quality products and services for use by non-profit and government agencies. Criteria for eligibility include having no disciplinary infractions for three months prior to entering the program and a high school diploma or GED. Wood and metal furniture manufacturing, furniture restoration, printing and custom graphic arts, sign making, engraving and meat processing are just some of the areas in which inmates are trained. Service industrial jobs include data entry, furniture moving and mailing and distribution.

Steve Shiloh, General Manager
State Use Industries
7525 Waterloo Rd.
Jessup, MD 20794
410-540-5400
www.suiofmd.com

Work Release – Work release allows an inmate who has displayed a strong, reliable work ethic in the Division of Corrections to work for a private employer in his or her community. The program is highly structured and strictly supervised and assists the inmate in achieving a smooth transition back into society. Often times an inmate will learn a valuable job skill, trade or vocation that will allow him or her to remain employed upon release. Because some of the responsibility for obtaining employment falls on the inmate, participants learn valuable lessons in how to find, obtain and maintain employment following their release.

Edward R. West, Work Release Coordinator
Maryland Division of Correction Headquarters
6776 Reisterstown Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-585-3300
www.dpscs.state.md.us/doc/work_release.htm

Pre-Release Program – Partnerships for Reentry Programming (PREP) is a statewide program serving 90% of those released from prison. The program aims to reduce recidivism by at least 10%, increase the Maryland DOC’s pre-release services and resources over the next three years, standardize inmate programming from intake through release and track participants for 12 months following release. PREP involves several discreet components:

· Cognitive Skills Training

· Life Skills Training

· Community Resource Information Training

· Coordinated Pre- and Post-Release Case Management Plan

· Employment Readiness and Career Development

· Community Resource Information

· Victim/Offender Impact and Awareness

Maryland Division of Correction Headquarters
6776 Reisterstown Rd.
Maryland, MD 21211
410-585-3300
www.dpscs.state.md.us

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Maryland is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
Division of Labor & Industry
1100 Eutaw St., 6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-767-2999
410-767-2986
www.dllr.state.md.us

Massachusetts

Prison Industry Program – The aim of Massachusetts’ entire traditional prison industry program is to teach inmates marketable job skills and valuable life skills to make reentry easier. The program offers a wide array of services, including moving, optical lab work, painting, printing, metal/wood refinishing and renovation/construction work. Items manufactured by the prison industry program include janitorial supplies, e.g. chemical cleaners, brooms, brushes, trash/waste receptacles, office furniture, signs, name tags, metal/plastic/street signs, linens and custom wood products.

Michael Braz, Director
Massachusetts Correctional Industries
P.O. Box 188
Norfolk, MA 02056
617-727-0227
www.state.ma.us/doc/MASSCOR/index.html

Work Release Program – To be eligible for the Massachusetts work release program, offenders must:

· Be 18 months or less prior to release date to be eligible

· Obtain employment where they will work full time

· Allow for 15% of their salary to be paid to the state for room and board

Offenders may return to the surrounding community during evening hours for participation in such activities as substance abuse meetings, mental health group sessions, etc.

Michael T. Maloney, Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Central Headquarters
50 Maple St., Suite 3
Milford, MA 01757
508-422-3300
508-422-3382
www.state.ma.us/doc/

The Public Safety Transition Program – The PSTP involves two main components, the first of which is risk reduction, an initial inmate classification. The second component is the development of a transition plan, which begins one year prior to an inmate’s release and addresses several post-release issues including employment, housing, and life skills. The aim of the program is to reduce recidivism while increasing public safety.

Michael T. Maloney, Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Central Headquarters50 Maple St., Suite 3
Milford, MA 01757
508-422-3300
508-422-3382
www.state.ma.us/doc/

Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Departments of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Massachusetts is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Angelo R. Buonopane, Director
Massachusetts Department of Labor & Workforce Development
3 Ashburton Place, Room 2112
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-6573
617-727-1090

http://www.mass.gov/dlwd/

Michigan

Pre-Release Program – The Michigan Department of Corrections requires all inmates to participate in a pre-release program in the 12 months prior to their scheduled release date. This program includes preparation for completing applications, building resumes, job interview preparation including issues such as dress and presentation and visits from staff at employment agencies.

Michigan Department of Corrections
Grand View Plaza Building
206 E. Michigan Ave.
P.O. Box 30003
Lansing, MI 48909
517-335-1426
517-335-0045
www.michigan.gov/corrections

The Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Michigan is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Noelle Clark, Director
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
517-373-3034
517-373-2129
www.cis.state.mi.us/bsr/divisions/whd/home.htm

Minnesota

MINNCOR Industries – MINNCOR strives to reduce inmate idleness and recidivism upon release by providing them with marketable skills and a valuable work ethic. Operating in eight correctional facilities, MINNCOR provides quality products in a timely manner to build partnerships between state and private agencies and prepare inmates for release.

Dan Ferrise, Chief Executive Officer
MINNCOR Industries Administrative Office
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-603-0118
651-603-0119
dferrise {at} minncor(.)com

http://www.minncor.com/index.asp

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Minnesota is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Shirley Chase, Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Rd. N
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-284-5005
651-282-5405
DLI.Communications {at} state.mn(.)us
www.doli.state.mn.us

Mississippi

Mississippi Prison Industries – MPIC is a non-profit, self-sustaining corporation owned by the Mississippi Department of Corrections. MPIC owns textile, woodworking and metal fabrication plants, as well as sign, tack, and print shops. The program also offers post-incarceration services, such as resume building and job placement to those who received training in the program.

John H. Miller, CEO
Mississippi Prison Industries Corp.
663 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39202
610-969-5760
601-969-5765
mpic {at} jam.it(.)com
www.mdoc.state.ms.us

Work Release Program – Community Work Centers pepper the state of Mississippi. Inmates volunteer their time for such work as janitorial services, mechanics, and roadside beautification. To be eligible, an inmate must:

· Be within seven years of release

· Pass drug and alcohol tests

· Be physically able to do work

· Have no escape charges

· And not have been convicted of a sex crime, child abuse conviction, other convictions involving a minor or disabled person, a weapon or a violent crime

Lora Cole, Deputy Commissioner
Mississippi Department of Corrections
723 N. President St.
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-5618
www.mdoc.state.ms.us

Pre-Release Program – The Mississippi Department of Corrections Pre-Release Program offers a variety of valuable services:

· employability skills training

· counseling

· job development

· residence development

· remedial education

· adult literacy in the workplace

· transportation and follow-up/aftercare

Pre-Release Programs operate in three prisons and three community work centers in Mississippi.

Mississippi Employment Security Commission – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Mississippi is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Mississippi Employment Security Commission
1502 W. Capitol St.
P.O. Box 1699
Jackson, MS 39215
601-961-7424
www.mesc.state.ms.us

Missouri

Missouri Vocational Enterprises – MVE is charged with managing the Missouri Department of Corrections’ prison industry program. Inmates are given vocational training and applicable jobs manufacturing wood and metal furniture, restoring furniture, producing cleaning supplies, clothing and bedding. One of their more innovative programs is the Waste Tire to Energy Program which combines used tires and coal to make fuel that is burned at the state university. Revenue is funneled back into MVE to expand programs and opportunities.

Leonard Rutledge
Missouri Vocational Enterprises
Missouri Department of Corrections
1717 Industrial Drive
P.O. Box 1898
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-6663
www.corrections.state.mo.us/division/rehab/mve.htm

Pre-Release Program – The Missouri Department of Corrections operates a pre-release program that focuses on life skills and employment skills. The program is mandatory for all inmates unless otherwise specified by the parole board.

Gary Kempker, Director or Tim Kniest, Public Information Office

Missouri Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 236
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-2389
573-751-4099

www.corrections.state.mo.us

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Missouri is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Catherine Leapheart, Director
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
3315 West Truman Blvd., Room 213
P.O. Box 504
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-9691
573-751-4135
Diroffice {at} dolir.state.mo(.)us
www.dolir.state.mo.us

Montana

Montana Correctional Enterprises – MCE offers training and employment to over 325 eligible inmates in three discreet industries: ranching, canning, and dairy. Additionally, inmates are employed in the production of license plates, signs, furniture and upholstery manufacturing. Services include telemarketing, printing and laundry services.

Ross Swanson, Administrator
Montana Correctional Enterprises
Montana Department of Corrections
300 Conley Rd.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
406-846-1320 ext 2324
406-846-2957
rswanson {at} state.mt(.)us
www.state.mt.us/cor/mce

Work Release and Pre-release Program – The Adult Community Corrections Division of the Montana Department of Corrections contracts to five local non-profit pre-release centers for housing and treatment of both male and female inmates. Following an administrative review, the Montana DOC has the expressed authority to transfer any inmate to such a facility, at which time inmates are expected to work in the community.

Mike Ferriter, Administrator
Adult Community Corrections
Montana Department of Corrections
1539 11th Ave.
P.O. Box 201301
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-4913
miferriter {at} state.mt(.)us

http://www.cor.state.mt.us/About/AdultCommunityCorrections.asp

Montana Department of Labor and Industry – The Department of Labor possesses resources for both those seeking employment as well as those seeking employees. Here you will find local, state, and federal programs designed to connect prospective employees with prospective employers.

Wendy Keating, Commissioner
Montana Department of Labor and Industry
P.O. Box 1728
Helena, MT 59624
406-444-2840
406-444-1394
dwest {at} state.mt(.)us
www.dli.state.mt.us

Nebraska

Cornhusker State Industries – CSI produces items for sale to other state agencies, including metal and wood furniture, library fixtures, picnic tables, customized furniture, furniture reconditioning and re-upholstering, dorm furniture, health care furniture, health care case goods, dry goods, paints and stains, janitorial supplies, signage and outdoor accessories.

Cornhusker State Industries
800 Pioneers Rd.
Lincoln, NE 68502
402-471-1259
ayabarra {at} dcs.state.ne(.)us
www.corrections.state.ne.us/csi/about.html

Pre-Release Program – The program emphasizes life skills with courses in cognitive thinking, attitude and behavior, love and relationships, parenting, school orientation and HIV/AIDS education. Additionally, courses are offered in seeking employment, money management, housing information, interpersonal skills, healthcare and community resources on parole. The courses are aimed at inmates who are within six months of their scheduled release date.

Harold W. Clarke, Director
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
P.O. Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2654
www.corrections.state.ne.us

Nebraska Workforce Development – Department of Labor – The Department of Labor possesses resources for both those seeking employment as well as those seeking employees. Here you will find local, state, and federal programs designed to connect prospective employees with prospective employers.

Fernando Lecuona, Commissioner
Nebraska Workforce Development – Department of Labor
550 S.16th St.
P.O. Box 94600
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-3405
flecuona {at} dol.state.ne(.)us
www.dol.state.ne.us

Nevada

Silver State Industries – Silver State Industries is a self-supporting industrial program within the State of Nevada’s Correctional System that manufactures products inside correctional facilities, utilizing inmate labor. Products or services offered include automotive restoration/painting, metal or wood furniture, recognition plaques and engraving, printing/bindery, mattress production, institutional grade linen including bed sheets, toweling and draperies. Working inmates are required to contribute a percentage of their wages to a Victims of Crime fund and a Capital Improvement fund.

For northern and western Nevada:
Silver State Industries
P.O. Box 7011
Carson City, NV 89702
775-887-3309 or 800-648-7578
775-883-6263
www.silverstateindustries.com

For southern, eastern Nevada, and out-of-state contact:
Silver State Industries
2770 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-486-6491 or 800-648-7578
702-486-6431
www.silverstateindustries.com

Work Release Program – The Restitution Program allows inmates to work and live in the community (in restitution centers), while participating in programming. A certain percentage of an inmate’s wage goes to the state for room and board and to their victims as restitution. Those looking to participate in the program must meet the same requirements as those in minimum custody and they must be within six months of their scheduled release date. For an inmate to be granted residential confinement, strict criminal history and behavioral criteria must be met. In this program, inmates live in their residence and work in the community. When not at work or authorized appointments, inmates remain in their residence under electronic surveillance.

Nevada Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 7011
Carson City, NV 89702
ndocinfo {at} ndoc.state.nv(.)us
www.ndoc.state.nv.us/home.php

Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation – The Department of Labor possesses resources for both those seeking employment as well as those seeking employees. Here you will find local, state, and federal programs designed to connect prospective employees with prospective employers.

Myla Florence, Director
Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation
500 E. Third St.
Carson City, NV 89713
775-684-0321
www.detr.state.nv.us

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Correctional Industries – Inmates working for New Hampshire Correctional Industries manufacture office furniture, standard and custom wood furniture, signs/silk screenings/custom engravings and picnic tables. NHCI offers services in printing and farm products such as cord/campfire wood and baled or mulched hay.

New Hampshire Correctional Industries
281 North State St.
P.O. Box 14
Concord, NH 03302
603-271-1875
603-271-1116
drace {at} nhdoc.state.nh(.)us
www.state.nh.us/nhci

Community Corrections – The three community corrections centers operated by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections give inmates the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs including work release, counseling, life skills classes, cognitive thinking and parole plan preparation. Residents attend seminars where guest speakers expound on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, the complexity of rental laws, consumer credit and the usefulness and accessibility of programs for minorities. Participants are required to maintain employment, attend school or participate in self-help programs.

Joanne Fortier, Administrator
Shea Fram
REF 9
Iron Works Rd.
Concord, NH 03302
603-271-0424
www.state.nh.us/doc/commun.html

New Hampshire Department of Employment Security – The state Department of Labor possesses resources for those seeking employment as well as those seeking employees. Here you will find local, state and federal programs designed to connect prospective employees with prospective employers.

John J. Ratoff, Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security
32 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-224-3311
603-228-4145
www.nhes.state.nh.us/

New Jersey

DEPTCOR – DEPTCOR is the New Jersey Department of Corrections’ prison industry program, which employs incarcerated adults serving time in the state of New Jersey. Over 1800 male and female inmates are voluntarily assigned to one of the many factories and service industries operated by DEPTCOR, where they will learn useable skills and positive work habits.

DEPTCOR Warehouse and Administrative Offices
163 North Olden Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08625
800-321-6524
www.state.nj.us/deptcor/index.html

Stabilization and Reintegration Program – The Stabilization and Reintegration Program operated by the New Jersey DOC is a pre-release program for nonviolent male offenders between the ages of 18 and 30, typically with sentences from three to five years. Inmates enter the program ten months before being accepted into a parole program. The Stabilization and Reintegration program offers inmates education, vocational training, college classes and substance abuse treatment. While the boot camp aspects of the program have been phased out in recent years, the military hierarchy and disciplinary structure still remains.

Bernard J. Goodwin, Superintendent
Stabilization and Reintegration Program (SRP)
P.O. Box 130, Rt. 72
New Lisbon, NJ 08064
609-726-0804

New Jersey Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

New Jersey is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

New Jersey Department of Labor

Albert G. Kroll, Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Labor
P.O. Box 110
John Fitch Plaza, 13th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-777-2960
cmycoff {at} dol.state.nj(.)us
www.state.nj.us/labor

New Mexico

Prison Industry Program – Inmates in New Mexico have a wide variety of industries available to them including shoe/garment manufacture, printing, dairy farming, telemarketing, textiles, data entry, micrographics and furniture manufacture. The New Mexico DOC plans to integrate its prison industry program into project SOAR.

New Mexico Department of Corrections
4104 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505-841-4289
www.corrections.state.nm.us

Work Release Program – The New Mexico Department of Corrections offers non-violent male and female inmates with less than one year remaining on their sentences to participate in a work release program.

New Mexico Department of Corrections
4101 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505-841-4289
www.corrections.state.nm.us/

Pre-release Program – Programming is offered as an alternative to inmates who are in minimum-security custody with one year left on their sentence, but who are otherwise ineligible to leave the facility grounds to participate in work release. Corrections staff assist inmates in formulating a Career Development Plan. Documentation (birth certificate, driver’s license, social security card, etc.) is obtained and placed in a file that will accompany the inmate upon release.

New Mexico Department of Corrections
4101 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505-841-4289
www.corrections.state.nm.us/

Post-Release Program – Project SOAR (Success for Offenders After Release) is a proactive program throughout the New Mexico correctional facilities that combines life skills with job training, education and placement. When SOAR participants are released on parole supervision they are assigned a SOAR counselor who is an employee of the New Mexico Department of Labor. A portfolio has been created and many times an offender has employment prior to parole release. Employment is geared toward a career as opposed to “simply a job.” Education and/or vocational training is offered prior to release in areas such as computer repair, A+ certification and MOUS training and certification. Distance learning and utilizing computer hook-ups allows offenders college credits while in prison. The recidivism rate for SOAR participants is 7 percent.

Gail Oliver, Education Bureau Chief
New Mexico Department of Corrections
4101 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505-841-4289
www.corrections.state.nm.us/

New Mexico Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

New Mexico is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

New Mexico Department of Labor

Clinton D. Harden, Jr., Secretary
New Mexico Department of Labor
401 Broadway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

New York

Division of Correctional Industries (Corcraft) – Employing over 2500 inmates in New York State Correctional Facilities, Corcraft attempts to recreate actual work environments to ready inmates for transition to society. Inmates are required to punch in and out during their seven-hour days, five days a week. Products manufactured include seating, janitorial and maintenance supplies, tables, office furniture, storage, shelving, lockers and miscellaneous office products such as bulletin boards. Services include optical, printing, engraving, signage, construction, asbestos removal and modular housing.

Corcraft
555 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
518-436-6321
518-436-6007
www.corcraft.org

New York State Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

New York is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

New York Department of Labor

Linda Angello, Commissioner
New York State Department of Labor
State Campus, Building 12
Albany, NY 12240
518-457-2741 518-457-6908
www.labor.state.ny.us/

North Carolina

Correction Enterprises – North Carolina’s Prison Industry Program, Correction Enterprises, offers inmates a meaningful, productive work experience, as well as rehabilitative opportunities. Participants can earn up to $3 a day and are able to reduce their sentences by earning what is known as gain time. Inmates can work in a range of industries and services, including a forestry operation, which services 5,000 acres of land in 37 counties; seven laundries, which serve prisons, other state agencies, and community hospitals; three warehouses, which store and ship raw materials for Correction Enterprises; and a manpower force, which provides supervision and inmates who move offices, paint and perform other maintenance services for state agencies.

Karen Brown, Director
Correction Enterprises
North Carolina Department of Corrections
2020 Yonkers Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
919-716-3600
919-716-3975
www.doc.state.nc.us/eprise/index.htm

Work Release Program – In order for inmates to qualify for North Carolina’s work release program they must be incarcerated in minimum security and be within the final months of their sentences with exemplary disciplinary records. With their earnings, participants pay room and board, which drives down the cost of incarceration and they must pay child support and any court-ordered restitutions.

Boyd Bennett, Director
North Carolina Department of Correction
831 West Morgan St.
4202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
919-716-3700
919-733-8272
info {at} doc.state.nc(.)us
www.doc.state.nc.us

Job Start – Initiated in 2000 as a pilot program in five North Carolina prisons, Job Start has had the unique ability to adapt to each facility and has been thus far highly successful, due in large part to the inmate portfolio system. Job Start is optional and relies heavily on case management. Each facility determines its own selection criteria.

Arthur Clark, Manager
Job Preparation for Offenders
North Carolina Department of Corrections
4262 Mail Service Center

831 West Morgan St.
Raleigh, NC 27699
919-716-3097
919-715-5785 fax
www.doc.state.nc.us

North Carolina Employment Security Commission – The state Departments of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

North Carolina is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Harry E. Payne, Chairman
North Carolina Employment Security Commission
700 Wade Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27605
919-733-4329
919-733-9420
esc.pio {at} ncmail(.)net
www.ncesc.com

North Dakota

Rough Rider Industries – The North Dakota Department of Corrections operates Rough Rider Industries, a prison industry program with five facilities throughout the North Dakota prison system. This program includes the manufacture of signs and license plates, metal fabrication, furniture production and upholstery, and textiles.

Dennis Fracassi, Director
Rough Rider Industries
North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
3303 E. Main Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58506
701-328-6161
701-328-6164
rri {at} state.nd(.)us
www.roughriderindustries.com

Pre-Release Program – Within one year of release, inmates are eligible to participate in the pre-release program which allows students to work at their own pace using lectures, worksheets, computers, and videos. The program is divided into three phases. Phase One is assessment, in which the inmate is tested for aptitude in math and reading skills. Phase Two builds a resume based on an assessment of the inmate’s employment history. Phase Three emphasizes life skills, including computer training in Microsoft Office 97.

Tammy Barstad, Instructor
Pre-Release Program
North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
3303 E. Main Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58506
701-328-9687

http://www.state.nd.us/docr/

Post-Release Transitional Program – In conjunction with local halfway houses, the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Field Services operates a transitional program wherein inmates are given support in finding a job and referred to community-based services such as vocational rehabilitation, housing, substance abuse treatment, living skills and cognitive restructuring.

Elaine Little, Director
North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
3100 Railroad Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-328-6390
701-328-6651
www.state.nd.us/docr/

North Dakota Department of Labor – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

North Dakota is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Mark D. Bachmeier, Commisioner
North Dakota Department of Labor
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 406
Bismarck, ND 58505
701-328-2660
701-328-2031
labor {at} state.nd(.)us

http://www.state.nd.us/labor/

Ohio

Ohio Penal Industries – OPI offers inmates the chance to learn an industrial vocation and positive work habits. While working, inmates receive rehabilitative counseling and are taught personal development skills. OPI targets governmental and non-profit organizations, providing them with a variety of industries and services.

Ohio Penal Industries Design Center
1221 McKinley Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222
800-237-3454
614-752-0302
www.opi.state.oh.us

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – Inmates with sentences of one to three years are required to take part in an evaluation, which provides them with a Re-entry Accountability Plan. This Plan enables them to participate in any educational, vocational or treatment programs that may benefit them, and allow them to undergo subsequent evaluations of their needs and progress throughout their time in the facility. One hundred eighty days prior to discharge, individuals complete a discharge planning and employment readiness checklist in which they discuss what plans they have and what they need to do prior to release. Inmates are also required to attend release preparation workshops which focus on a variety of issues including documentation, cognitive thinking, social skills and resume building. The program also provides inmates with an employer videoconference 30 days prior to release, which allows job interviews to take place without the inmate having to leave the facilities.

Susan Renick, Re-entry Administrator
Ohio Institute on Correctional Best Practices
P.O. Box 69
London, OH 43140
704-852-2454 ext 1091
740-852-3166
www.drc.state.oh.us

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

 

Ohio is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Tom Hayes, Director
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
30 E. Broad St., 32nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-6282
614-466-2815
www.state.oh.us/odjfs/index.stm

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Correctional Industries – OCI employs over 1200 inmates to produce binders and covers, boxes, chairs, chemicals, computer services, desk pad planners, garments, janitorial supplies, lounge/dormitory furniture, mattresses, metal fabrication, modular office systems, office furniture, park furniture, printing services, record conversion, renovated furniture, school products, and signs and decals. Additionally, OCI also manages a program that contracts inmates to work in telemarketing and video commercial generation.

Oklahoma Correctional Industries
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 103
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-6025
405-521-6031
okoci {at} oklaosf.state.ok(.)us
www.state.ok.us/~osi/aboutosi.htm

Pre-Release Program – For inmates in minimum or community corrections custody, reintegration programs are offered to ease the transition from incarceration to society. Assistance is provided to those who have no residence secured upon release, as well as those who need documentation.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections
3400 Martin Luther King
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
405-425-2500
www.doc.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Oklahoma is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Jon Brock, Executive Director
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
Will Rogers Building
2401 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
405-557-0200
Web Site: www.oesc.state.ok.us

Oregon

Prison Blues7 – Prison Blues7, Oregon’s prison industry program, is managed by a private sector staff of professionals working with corrections officers and approximately 50 inmates. The Array Corporation and the State of Oregon have a partnership stating that Array holds the exclusive license to sell, market and operate the Prison Blues7 product line. The factory mimics the operations of one run by civilians, save for the security issues. While employed, inmates earn a prevailing industry wage which ranges from a base of $6.50 per hour to well over $7.00 per hour with bonus incentives. 80% of their pay goes towards incarceration costs, victim restitution, family support and state and federal wage taxes. Because so few inmates are employed, there is a three-year waiting list for Prison Blues7. Prison Blues7 manufactures all clothing worn by inmates throughout the Oregon corrections system including jeans, jackets, work shirts, sweatshirts, T shirts, hats and more.

Prison Blues7
The Array Corporation
8338 NE Alderwood Rd.
Portland, OR 97220
800-784-7689
www.prisonblues.com

Oregon Corrections Enterprises – The traditional prison industry offers the following products and services for state agencies and non-profit organizations within Oregon: embroidery, furnishings, GIS data conversion, metal fabrication, signage, laundry service and fulfillment services, which integrates telecommunications and graphic/web design with print/copying and mailing/distribution services.

Rob Killgore, Administrator
Oregon Corrections Enterprises
Oregon Department of Corrections
Central Administration Office
2575 Center St., NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-945-9090
503-373-1173
www.insideoregon.com

Pre-Release Program – In the last year of incarceration, inmates are transferred to corrections facilities that specialize in release, such as the Columbia River Correctional Institution. Inmates will participate in alcohol and drug treatment, sex offender prevention education and work that closely relates to marketable skills.

Tonya Ruscoe, Project Manager
Oregon Department of Corrections
Central Administration Office

2575 Center St., NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-945-9056

tonya.ruscoe {at} doc.state.or(.)us

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Oregon is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Jack Roberts, Commissioner
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
800 NE Oregon St., #32
Portland, OR 97232
503-731-4070
503-731-4103
www.boli.state.or.us

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Correctional Industries – The aim of PCI is to maximize inmate usefulness, drive down idleness and instill vocational training and good work habits while reducing costs and recidivism. Inmates are trained in 115 different job titles, including machine and equipment operators, laundry workers, cannery workers, shipping and receiving clerks, painters, meat cutters, bookkeepers and optical lab technicians.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Bureau of Correctional Industries
717-731-7135

http://www.cor.state.pa.us/stats/lib/stats/ci.pdf

Community Orientation Reintegration Program – The Community Orientation Reintegration program is divided into two phases. The first phase begins five weeks before an inmate is released. The inmate is taken out of all other programs and placed in a new, all-inclusive program that combines elements from other programs, such as drug and alcohol and anger management. The second phase releases inmates to a community corrections center or halfway house where they receive another round of workshops. If an inmate has not received drug and alcohol treatment during incarceration, he or she can be housed in a residential treatment program for 30 to 90 days. Inmates who have received treatment during incarceration attend day treatment at the community corrections center. Inmates are allowed to leave the center and enter regular parole only after they have secured employment.

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Pennsylvania is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Johnny L. Butler, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Labor and Industry Bldg., Room 1700
7th and Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17120
7177875279
www.dli.state.pa.us

Rhode Island

Prison Industry Program – Rhode Island’s prison industry program offers inmates a wide variety of industries and services they can master in order to ease the transition from incarceration to society. Products, industries and services include auto body repair, quick copy, residential/household/dormitory furniture, signage, flags, metal and wood furniture refinishing, janitorial supplies, paint, panel systems, license plates and printing. Work crews are also available to perform the following services: moving, grounds maintenance, exterior and interior painting, rug shampooing, building cleaning, litter cleanup and floor stripping.

Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Correctional Industries
33 Power Rd.
Cranston, RI 02920
401-462-1441

http://www.doc.state.ri.us/industries.htm

Work Release Program – The furlough program offered by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections grants eligible inmates the privilege of leaving facilities for the following reasons:

· To attend the wake of a deceased family member or to visit a seriously ill immediate family member in the hospital

· To obtain health care services and medical treatment, psychiatric/psychological counseling, and community-based substance abuse treatment

· To seek employment, educational, or vocational training

· To secure a residence prior to release

This program gives inmates the opportunity to revitalize or maintain family bonds and relationships and practice life skills with a safety net.

Assistant Director/Rehabilitative Services
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
40 Howard Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
401-462-2676
401-462-1964
www.doc.state.ri.us

Ashbell T. Wall, II, Director
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
40 Howard Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
401-462-2611401-462-2630
www.doc.state.ri.us

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

Rhode Island is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

Dr. Lee H. Arnold, Director
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
401-462-8000
Web site: www.dlt.state.ri.us

South Carolina

Prison Industry Program – The South Carolina Department of Corrections offers a three-tier prison industry program. The traditional program involves the manufacture of office equipment for sale to city, county and state government agencies. The second tier employs inmates in a variety of service industry professions. The third program is a Prison Industry Enterprise in which inmates are paid a prevailing wage and expected to pay taxes, victim restitution, and room and board.

Division of Industries
South Carolina Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 21787
4444 Broad River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29221
803-896-8516 in the Columbia area
803-896-2947
scdcpi.custserv {at} doc.state.sc(.)us
www.prisonindustries.com

Work Release Program – Inmates seeking acceptance to South Carolina’s work release program must meet the following criteria:

· Must be within four years of their scheduled release date

· Must not have been convicted of a violent or sex offense

· Must have no disciplinary infractions for six months prior to applying to the program

· Must have no record of escape

Inmates are placed in jobs by Community Program Supervisors.

Pre-Release Program – Seven facilities in South Carolina house non-violent, minimum-security inmates for pre-release. The facilities are work and program oriented, with an intensive emphasis on the necessary skills for reentry into the community.

Gary Maynard, Director
South Carolina Department of Corrections
4444 Broad River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29220
803-896-8500
corrections.info {at} doc.state.sc(.)us

www.state.sc.us/scdc

South Carolina Employment Security Commission – The state Department of Labor operates several discrete programs that aim to increase the employability of certain demographics, one of them being ex-offenders. Those who have committed a fraudulent or dishonest act in the past are protected by the Department of Labor as a legitimate and important portion of the American workforce.

· The United States Department of Labor operates the Ready4Work National Initiative, a $22.5 million program that gives money to private and faith-based organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders find work.

· The Welfare to Work Program urges those who have ex-offenders without a job to seek employment.

· The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers financial incentive to hire ex-offenders, offering up to $2,400 in tax credits for each hire.

· The federal bonding program offers employers a kind of insurance, protecting them against any possible theft or damage caused by “at-risk” hires.

South Carolina is responsible for managing its programs in accordance with federal regulations. Information on the United States Department of Labor’s many programs for ex-offenders can be found on the USDOL Web site, www.doleta.gov.

South Carolina Employment Security Commission

1550 Gadsden St.
P.O. Box 995
Columbia, SC 29202
803-737-2400

www.sces.org

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