From the Correctional System to the Workforce: How State Policies Can Support Re-Entry

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, May 09, 2017

Each year, tens of thousands of US adults make the transition from incarceration back to their homes and communities. Some of these individuals have participated in adult education and other skill-building activities while in prison, and many are seeking access to re-entry and workforce services to help them find employment after release. In this webinar, learn how states are tackling this issue at the policy level. Experienced presenters will discuss opportunities for supporting people with criminal records under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and provide examples of how states have incorporated corrections into their WIOA planning processes, provided transitional jobs programs for people with criminal records, and served formerly incarcerated individuals through the one-stop system of American Job Centers. Presenters will also share information about specific state policies that can help adults with limited literacy or numeracy skills — including those who are re-entering the workforce — to build foundational skills and obtain family-sustaining jobs.


– Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition
– Sherri Moses, Council of State Governments Justice Center
– Will Heaton, Center for Employment Opportunities
– Gillian Gabelmann, Washburn Tech University


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