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Title: Neighborhood Work Project - Report
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Vera Institute of Justice
New York, NY 10279
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: New York City's Neighborhood Work Project (NWP), a day-labor program for persons recently released from prison, is described.
Abstract: NWP's goals are to provide ex-inmates with an opportunity to earn legitimate income on a flexible work schedule for several months after release and to assist city and community groups in carrying out neighborhood improvement projects. Participants learn about the project through prison personnel, parole officers, and other sources. No skills are required, and only a willingness to work hard at strenuous physical labor is called for. Launched in November 1978, NWP is financed through the city's Community Development Block Grant Program, and with a second year's budget of $1.9 million, the project is expected to employ about 100 workers in 10 crews per day over the course of the year. By the end of the first 18 months of operation, NWP crews had completed 101 worksites throughout the city. Workers choose which days they work and are assigned to worksites on a daily basis. To schedule for work, a participant calls the NWP office 1 day in advance, and the assignment is given by telephone the morning of the work day. Workers are entitled to a total of 75 days of employment within 6 months of registration, and at an hourly rate of $3.85 per hour, they take home about $22 a day. Participants can receive help in finding permanent employment through the project's Employment and Training Services staff. In its first 18 months of operation, NWP served 1,650 ex-offenders. While it is too early to assess the program's long-term effects, a substantial demand for this kind of employment for ex-offenders is evident. Sections focus on various program elements. The rules of conduct, an organizational chart, and a participant evaluation form are appended.
Index Term(s): Ex-offender employment; New York; Post-release programs
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