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NCJ Number: 201674 Find in a Library
Title: Focusing on Employment: NIC's Career Center Project
Journal: Corrections Today Magazine  Volume:65  Issue:5  Dated:August 2003  Pages:112-114
Author(s): Scott Weygandt
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 3
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article underscores the importance of employment programs for offenders and describes the work of the National Institute of Corrections’ Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (OCJTP).
Abstract: The main factor shown to deter ex-offenders from committing future crimes is employment. Not only does having a job provide a steady income, it also reduces the amount of free time an ex-offender has to commit new crimes. In fact, a study by M. W. Lipsy indicated that of all the different programs designed to reduce recidivism that were examined in the study, employment programs had the highest success rate at 35 percent. As such, the OCJTP is actively working to meet the education and employment needs of offenders by training practitioners and supporting career centers designed for offenders. There are currently three comprehensive programs offered by the OCJTP that are intended to raise the skills and knowledge level of offender work force practitioners and administrators: the offender work force development specialist training course, the offender employment specialist training course, and the Offender Job Retention Distance Learning Training Program. Additionally, OCJTP staff members just completed a tour of correctional facilities across the country to learn about offender employment programs. A compilation of best practices garnered from the site visits is due for release in the near future. Finally, OCJTP is developing materials specifically for use in offender career centers. A staff handbook and two self-study workbooks for offenders will be offered free of charge to institutions and community-based centers. Contact information is provided to learn more about the OCJTP and its programs.
Main Term(s): Ex-offender employment
Index Term(s): Employment services; Employment-crime relationships; Inmate Programs
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