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Tuesday, October 24 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Once released from the criminal justice system, ex-offenders usually find re-entering society a difficult process. Learn the 4-tiered approach for success reentry. Once released from the criminal justice system, ex-offenders usually find re-entering society a difficult process. Attitudes and behavior that ensure survival in prison (being tough, intimidating or withdrawn) work against building a stable social and emotional life. For an ex-offender, making an honest living is vital to staying away from trouble and staying out of prison. Ex-offenders need to understand and overcome the challenges they may face when looking for work. Attitude is essential to being successful at work. "Soft skills" - being dependable and positive, following instructions, working well with others - can be as important as technical skills. A good attitude at work will help an ex-offender to build a better future. Studies show that unemployment and substance abuse are the main reason that ex-offenders return to crime and, ultimately, to prison. It doesn't have to be that way. Steering clear of the people and activities that sent them to prison is the only way to break the cycle.
One of the main barriers facing ex-offender in gaining employment after serving their sentence is identifying employers who are willing to take a risk. It can be scary for employers to hire an ex-offender and often companies have rules and policies, which restrict the employment of individuals with specific criminal backgrounds. However, this does not mean that individuals with a criminal background will not be able to find employment but it makes it harder and may take more time and incentives to be successful in the job market.

Assisting employers to reduce their risk and provide incentives for hiring ex-offenders has proven to work. Any program which helps the employers to feel better regarding a decision to hire someone with a criminal background may open doors for many ex-offenders seeking to secure employment. One program which has proven to be successful for the hiring of ex-offenders is the Federal Bonding Program. This program was created in 1966 by the U. S. Department of Labor (USDOL) as an employer job-hire incentive that guaranteed the job honesty of at risk job seekers. Federal financing of Fidelity Bond Insurance, issued free of charge to employers, enabled the bonding services as a unique job placement tool to assist ex-offenders and other at risk hard to placement individuals. Currently, CareerSource Broward writes the most Federal Bond in the country. Learn about their four-tiered approach for success.

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Melanie Magill

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, CareerSource Broward
Melanie Magill has been involved in various aspects of workforce development for over 17 years. She is highly regarded for her effectiveness in strategic planning, program development, training, and her strong leadership style. Melanie is the Senior Quality Assurance Analyst for... Read More →

Tuesday October 24, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Regency Hall 4 Hyatt Regency, 1st Floor