Job Seekers Who Were Formerly Incarcerated

Reentering Your Community

Reentering your community can be more manageable when you’re aware of the services and resources available to help. This handbook, provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is designed as a step-by-step guide to help you reenter your community.  It includes additional information in specific areas where you may have questions or are in search of tools available to you.

Ensuring People with Convictions Have a Right to Work

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) works from the ground up to build systemic change. They collaborate with community partners on advocacy campaigns, developing and testing innovative policy ideas in cities and states, then scaling them up to effect change nationally.

Special Service for Groups

Special Service for Group’s forensic treatment and criminal justice programs offer services in the jail/prison and community settings. SSG provides services to offenders and ex-offenders, as well as youth at-risk of offending. Services are designed to facilitate reintegration into the community in a way that decreases recidivism, brings families together, and improves their quality of life.

The National Reentry Resource Center

The Reentry Services Directory was developed by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) to help individuals who have been incarcerated, and their families, find local reentry services. The NRRC has compiled a list of organizations and service providers who can address different reentry needs, including housing, employment, and family reunification.

Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Employment Opportunities provides immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration.

Career Onestop: Justice Involved Workers

Throughout this website, you will see how the U.S. Department of Labor’s RExO (Re-integration of Ex-Offender) grantees and similar programs help these individuals transform from being credible candidates to stellar employees.

Career OneStop: American Job Center Finder

Find an American Job Center in your local area. Nearly 2,400 AJCs nationwide help people search for jobs, find training, and answer other employment-related questions.

Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program provides transitional employment through litter abatement services for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This program is a partnership between Caltrans, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD), and the City of Oakland Golden State Works (GSW). The BCOE and SBCCD Day Reporting Centers (DRCs) work with the CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations.

Reentry Employment Opportunities Tools and Resources

The Reentry and Employment Opportunities – Adult Program (REO) is designed to strengthen urban communities through an employment-centered program that incorporates mentoring, job training, and other comprehensive transitional services.  This program seeks to reduce recidivism by helping former inmates find work when they return to their communities.  Faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) will play a key role in this initiative by providing soft-skills, other basic training, serving as mentors, making referrals to the American Job Center, connecting with community colleges, other providers of occupational skills training, and providing or referring ex-offenders to needed supportive services.

Federal Bonding Program

The U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program in 1966 to provide Fidelity Bonds for “at-risk,” hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the job applicant or the employer.