Resources for Ex-offenders
The Marin Employment Connection collaborates with the Marin County Probation Department to serve both Adult and Youth Probationers.
“Youth Working for Change” (YWC) is a job readiness program for youth in Marin County sponsored by the Marin County Probation Department and operated via the Marin Employment Connection. The goal of the program is to promote employment as an opportunity for youth involved with the juvenile justice system and are interested in making changes in their lives. The experience of employment can help to provide the self-confidence, direction and self-reliance many of these youth can use to turn their lives around. Click on video to watch a short clip about this program.
Assembly Bill 109 is a major corrections reform legislation that “realigns” responsibility for adult offenders who have historically been supervised by State of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to county probation departments. The Marin County Probation Department manages this significant task through intensive community-based supervision of adult offenders released from prison, in conjunction with local treatment and service providers. Additionally, the Probation Department funds a full time Employment Development Counselor at the Marin Employment Connection who provides the full spectrum of employment services, as well as soft-skills training workshop “Makin’ it Work.”
Resources for the Formerly Incarcerated
- Employment Resources for Ex-Offenders: From ISEEK, Minnesota's comprehensive career, education, and job resource. This website provides practical tips on selecting a career, background checks and criminal records, training and education, and job search strategies.
Getting Out & Staying Out: A Guide to San Francisco Resources for People Leaving Jails and Prisons - This comprehensive resource guide is the product of a collaborative reentry planning process focused on improving access to resources for individuals reintegrating into San Francisco communities after incarceration. Since the first issue, more than 14,000 copies have been distributed to inmates, previously incarcerated people, family members, corrections staff, probation and parole officers and reentry partners.
Resources for Service Providers and the Corrections Community
- National H.I.R.E. Network: Established by the Legal Action Center, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion. The National H.I.R.E. Network also provides training and technical assistance to agencies working to improve the employment prospects for people with criminal records.
- National Reentry Resource Center: The Resource Center, established by the Second Chance Act, provides assistance to the prisoner reentry field. They provide education, training, and technical assistance to government organizations, nonprofits, and correction agencies working on prisoner reentry. The website is organized around Popular Topics such as Employment, as well as target audiences of States/Locals, Community and Faith-Based Organizations, and People Returning Home, with each page providing key resources, aswell as programs that are examples of best practices.