The labor market in today’s world is competitive. There are often hundreds of applicants vying for a limited number of positions. For individuals with criminal histories or, even worse, time spent in a correctional facility, the prospect of making it to the top of the applicant pool seems dismal. Lack of employment is 1 of the 8 criminogenic need factors identified by evidence-based research related to the likelihood of a person re-offending. Thus, it is no surprise that a requirement of community supervision is for individuals to obtain employment. Community supervision officers play an integral role in helping individuals on supervision be successful in achieving this goal. This course will discuss the common challenges justice-involved persons encounter related to employment. It will discuss strategies you can use to not only prepare individuals on supervision to achieve their employment goals, but also how you can work with employers to promote hiring individuals with criminal histories.
This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.50 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Common Barriers to Employment
Overview of Unemployment Among Justice-Involved Persons
Unemployment and Recidivism
Challenges to Accessing Employment
Section 3: Helping Justice-Involved Persons in the Job Market
Strategies for Community Corrections to Support Employment Goals
Encourage Educational, Transitional, and Job-Readiness Programming
Use Evidence-Based Case Planning Strategies
Guide Them Through the Hiring Process
Encourage Them to Have Realistic Expectations
Identify Alternate Goals for People Who Are Unemployable
Section 4: Collaborating with Employers
Legitimate Reasons for Concern
What Are They Worried About?
Strategies for Community Corrections to Collaborate with Employers
Dispel the Myths
Educate Employers on Pertinent Legislation
Inform Employers of the Benefits
Highlight Government Incentives
Section 5: Conclusion
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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