If you have been involved in the justice system, we want to help you find a good job! You can visit any career center in the county, or if you are 16–24 years old, you can sign up with Second Chance.

Evidence continues to demonstrate critical links between employment and successful reentry of Justice Involve into our community. Additionally, our research indicates that businesses can collaborate with us and our partners to hire throughly vetted high quality workers while benefiting from tax benefits.  Our latest report, “Attitudes toward hiring justice-involved workers”, focuses on the biases many employers have against applicants with criminal records. Reentry Works Program is an overall strategy to invest and innovate in, evidence-based solutions to best serve the justice-involved population. The purpose of the Reentry Works Program, is to provide justice-involved individuals with pre-release employment and training services while strengthening links to jobs and post-release employment services, earn and learn opportunities, supportive services and community-based connections. 

Reentry Works represents a partnership between the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Second Chance Program (the program service provider), San Diego County Probation Department, Sheriff’s Department and other key justice-involved organizations to create Career Centers within the East Mesa Reentry Facility and Los Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility.  Within our Reentry Works initiative we received Prison To Employment (P2E) Funds. The P2E Initiative is a grant program included in the Governor’s 2018 Budget proposal and includes $37 million over three budget years to operationalize integration of workforce and reentry services in the state’s 14 labor regions. The goal is to improve labor market outcomes by creating a systemic and ongoing partnership between rehabilitative programs within California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the state workforce system by bringing CDCR under the policy umbrella of the State Workforce Plan. The program’s goal is to serve 250individuals with post-release employment services. 

For more information, contact reentryworks@workforce.org.

Learn about how these programs have opened doors for others

From mandatory supervision to union representation

Reentry Works helps participant with life ‘on the outside’

First job fair in a jail connects inmates and employers

Who else can advance your journey to self-sufficiency?

The Workforce Partnership has created a reentry resource matrix—a list of organizations that support justice-involved individuals. Whether you are a client looking for services or a provider looking for referrals, we encourage you to use this list to identify organizations you can partner with.

Have information to add to the matrix or update? Email research@workforce.org.