Re-Entry Program

Services and Programs

Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline

Program Components Include:

Shaping strategies and designing programs that connect returning prisoners to jobs in new and expanding industries

Three years from the creation of the Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline Program in 2010, the Kansas City community is witnessing the positive results driven by an organization pushing to transform a distressed community through job training, educational opportunities and housing for former prisoners. Since the inception of the program, the program has impacted over 100 ex-offenders, many of which have secured full-time employment, secured housing and reunited with their families.

Engaging private enterprise in the design, delivery, funding and follow-up to employment-related reentry programs

The Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline program has become a critical reentry and re-socialization tool that connects ex-offenders with civic leaders, police representatives, business owners and elected officials to facilitate their reentry into society. The Prison to Workforce Pipeline program is more than the reentry program it was originally envisioned to be, it’s
changing the face of the community.

Developing prisoner reentry program models that gain financial and political support through integration with state and community economic development

The program is two-fold in that it helps the ex-offenders gain valuable, tangible work skills and changes the lens of a distressed community. Williams engages the offenders in all aspects of the program, such as networking, budgeting, home ownership, job retention and healthy choices. For example, crew leaders are exposed to diverse networking opportunities. This mechanism allows the offenders to build relationship with parties they once viewed as unreachable.

Making the case for sentencing reform and community-based alternatives.

Making the case that sentencing reform and community-based alternatives to reduce prison populations are a prerequisite to affordable, effective reentry programs that reduce recidivism.

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