Reentry Works

If you have been involved in the justice system, we want to help you find a good job!

Learn about how these reentry 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

More Reentry Works Stories

Who else can advance your journey?

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

Who It's For

  • Age 18+
  • Experience in the justice system

This program offers help:

  • Deciding what career is right for me
  • Finding a temporary job or internship
  • Finding a long-term job

How to Apply

Contact Scott Taylor, P2E/BSCC
Phone: (619) 839-0960

About Reentry Works

Evidence continues to demonstrate critical links between employment and successful reentry of justice-involved individuals into our community. Reentry Works invests and innovates in evidence-based solutions to best serve the justice-involved population by providing pre-release employment and training services, links to jobs and post-release employment services, earn and learn opportunities, supportive services (such as transportation, housing and access to technology) and community-based connections.

Job Centers in Jails

The San Diego Workforce Partnership collaborates with Second Chance, the San Diego County Probation and Sheriff’s departments and other key organizations to run career centers within the East Mesa Reentry Facility and Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility.


  • State Average Recidivism Rate = 65%
  • Our Participants Recidivism Rate = 18%
  • Average Job Placement Rate = 80%

Prison to Employment

The latest addition to Reentry Works is Prison to Employment (P2E), a three-year, $37 million grant to integrate workforce and reentry services across California. The goal is to serve justice-involved individuals by creating a systemic and ongoing partnership between rehabilitative programs within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the state workforce system. The program goal is to serve 250 individuals through post-release employment services. 

For more information, contact


Read about Juan’s experience with the program:

Juan San Diego Second Chance
Reentry program prepares Juan for work

After graduating JRT, Juan enrolled at City College, works at the shipyard and looks forward to a career in HVAC. He also has reconnected with his mom, his sisters and his grown son, who now proudly tells his father, “I can talk to my friends about you!”