Engaging Participants in Workforce Services after Release from Jail
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
U.S. Department of Labor
- To increase participant engagement after release, sites focused on developing strong relationships with participants during incarceration, communicating clearly about the transition to the community, and providing supportive services.
- Staff prioritized addressing barriers—such as unstable housing, lack of transportation, and history of substance abuse–that prevented participants from showing up for appointments after returning to the community.
- Staff who primarily served reentering individuals reported providing more intensive case management, more support for wraparound services, and more financial incentives than staff who served all AJC customers.
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