Coming Home to Work: Ways to Support Employment after Incarceration
October 29, 2020, 12:30–2:00 p.m. ET
Employment for individuals reentering the community after incarceration is a critical factor in providing stability and reducing the likelihood of further criminal justice involvement, especially for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. This webinar presents three perspectives on how employment is a necessary component of a successful transition back into the community. Information about employment programming in a correctional setting will be covered, as well as recommendations for starting and running a community-based reentry employment program. Presenters will also provide insight, based on lived experience, on specific barriers to finding and maintaining employment during reentry, as well as effective approaches to overcoming these barriers.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Understand the importance of employment for successful reentry to the community.
- Discuss promising and best practices in establishing and supporting employment for individuals reentering the community.
- Examine barriers to employment that an individual reentering the community may face, as well as ways to overcome those barriers.
- Kevin Garrett, J.D., Peer Policy Fellow, Texas Jail Project, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Texas
- Sherina Richard, Program Director , The Center for Community Transitions LifeWorks!, North Carolina
- Ray Woodruff, M.S., Assistant Administrator, Division of Management Services, Wisconsin Department of Corrections