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NCJ Number: 185982 Find in a Library
Title: Temporary Employment Agencies: Saint or Sinner
Journal: Offender Employment Report  Volume:1  Issue:6  Dated:August/September 2000  Pages:81-96
Author(s): Marilyn C. Moses
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the positive and negative aspects of temporary employment agencies.
Abstract: Temporary staffing firms are frequently the most immediate or last-resort employers for ex-offenders. This is true for a number of reasons, including permanent employers' reluctance to hire ex-offenders, the need for immediate income while searching for permanent employment, and the general lack of post-release job placement services. Ex-offenders consider day-labor job opportunities, and the relatively immediate employment they offer, a godsend. However, correctional institutions, social service agencies, and nonprofit organizations that provide post-release services believe that the for-profit motive of temporary employment agencies often leads to exploitation in the form of below-market wages, no benefits or access to employee assistance programs, placement in dead-end jobs, lack of training or other work-force development opportunities, and a primary focus on job placement and not retention. Attempts to improve the situation include nonprofit job-placement agencies in partnership with temporary employment agencies and temporary employment agencies in training partnerships with local community colleges.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Barriers to ex-offender employment; Employment; Employment services; Ex-offender employment; Ex-offenders; Inmate vocational training; Post-release programs; Social reintegration; Vocational training
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