Evidence continues to demonstrate critical links between employment and successful reentry of ex-offenders into our community. A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation report (2011) found a 71.5 percent recidivism rate for paroled study participants in San Diego compared to the statewide rate of 65.1 percent.

Reentry Works San Diego (Reentry Works) is a grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) initiative, which aims to provide comprehensive career center services to justice-involved individuals. Reentry Works expands upon services already offered by local governments, community corrections and workforce development agencies by uniting resources to break the cycle of recidivism, build stronger communities and promote public safety.

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 a career center within the East Mesa Reentry Facility. The program’s goal is to serve 600 individuals with pre- and post-release employment services designed to increase employability and reduce recidivism.

For more information about Reentry Works, contact reentryworks@workforce.org.

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