Engaging Participants in Workforce Services after Release from Jail
- 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.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
U.S. Department of Labor