Improving Reentry Education and Employment Outcomes

The purpose of this solicitation is to enhance corrections systems’ ability to implement and expand education and employment programs that serve individuals during incarceration and throughout their period of reentry into the community. Programs funded under this solicitation should emphasize strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, education, workforce development, and reentry service providers. These programs will work to reduce recidivism, promote reentry success, enhance employment prospects for incarcerated adults reentering the workforce, and. improve overall public safety and public health. Programs should be focused on serving individuals during the 3-year period before release, as well as providing ongoing service provision throughout participants’ period of reentry into the community.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

Goals

  • Category 1: Improving Correctional Education
    • Improve the educational and vocational education programs available to individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails and upon return to the community. Services should begin prior to release from incarceration and continue throughout participants’ period of reentry.
       
  • Category 2: Improving Employment Services and Connections
    • Provide career training, including subsidized employment when part of a training program, to adults incarcerated in prisons and jails and upon return to the community. Services should begin prior to release from incarceration and continue throughout participants’ period of reentry.
    • Remove regulatory employment barriers for incarcerated individual adults returning to communities.

Objectives

  • Category 1: Improving Correctional Education
    • Implement or expand educational and vocational programs for incarcerated adults that result in improved educational outcomes, as measured by literacy attainment, high school equivalence, high school and higher education diplomas, certifications, and other credentials.
    • Demonstrate increased collaboration between educational providers and corrections, community supervision providers, and other reentry stakeholders.
       
  • Category 2: Improving Employment Services and Connections
    • Implement or expand job readiness assessments, individualized case plans, and employment-related services for incarcerated adults that result in improved job readiness, employment attainment and retention.
    • Articulate and implement a robust vision for reentry employment with transitional supports and a focus on employment.

Deliverables

  • All Categories:
    • Development of an action plan with input from BJA and an assigned technical assistance coach, submitted within 6 months of receiving final budget approval.
    • A final report at the end of the project period.

For more information, see the most recent BJA grant solicitation and materials.