Corrections – Workforce Partnership & Prison to Employment Initiative The Corrections Workforce Partnership Agreement is intended to strengthen linkages between the state workforce and corrections systems in order to improve the process by which the formerly incarcerated and justice-involved* individuals reenter society and the labor force. The Prison to Employment Initiative was a grant program that included in the Governor’s 2018 Budget proposal and includes $37 million over three budget years to operationalize integration of workforce and reentry services in the state’s 14 labor regions. The goal is to improve labor market outcomes by creating a systemic and ongoing partnership between rehabilitative programs within California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the state workforce system by bringing CDCR under the policy umbrella of the State Workforce Plan. * “Justice-involved” refers to individuals who are on parole, probation, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision and are supervised by, or are under the jurisdiction of, a county or the CDCR. Background California releases approximately 36,000 people from the state prison each year, a portion of whom have received in-prison job-training rehabilitative services such as Career Technical Education (CTE) or have participated in programs operated by the California Prison Industry Authority (CalPIA). Concurrently, California manages federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds through its State Workforce Plan developed by the California Workforce Development Board (State Board), and implemented by Local Workforce Development Boards (Local Boards) across the state. While there is some, often informal, coordination between these two systems there is no formal, sustained, and systemic, relationship between them. Some reentry and workforce programs have been created to target certain subpopulations of the state’s supervised population, as discussed below, and while these programs have provided good data and lessons learned, an ongoing marriage of the two systems is needed to better integrate services operating in isolation, and to fill gaps and provide holistic and long-term outcomes to reduce recidivism. As part of Governor Brown’s efforts to improve California’s criminal and juvenile justice systems and reduce recidivism through increased rehabilitation, the State Board, CDCR, CalPIA, and California Workforce Association (CWA) have finalized a partnership agreement which is included in amendments to the California WIOA Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan 2016-2020. The partnership agreement will better link education, job training, and work experience in prison to post-release jobs by fostering a system of coordinated service delivery to a population that faces a variety of barriers. It serves as a blueprint for building local and regional partnerships to improve labor market outcomes and reduce recidivism. Policy strategies outlined in this agreement include: Sector Strategies Career Pathways Organizing Regionally Earn and Learn Supportive Services Integrated Service Delivery and Braided Resources Building Cross-System Data Capacity The partnership agreement will inform policies specific to California’s 14 Labor Regions, 45 Local Workforce Development Boards, and 200 contracted America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs), and how they serve the state’s formerly incarcerated and justice-involved population. The partnership agreement and Prison to Employment Initiative build off of existing grants and initiatives administered by the State Board that targets the formerly incarcerated and justice-involved population. These programs include Workforce Accelerator Fund, ForwardFocus: AB 2060 Supervised Population Workforce Training, and Proposition 39 Pre-Apprenticeship. This new approach takes the best of the existing initiatives; and integrates these into systemic and ongoing change through the development of regional plans to coordinate service delivery based on local labor conditions, resources, and partners. P2E Data Reporting Guidance Data Reporting Guide WebinarsP2E Data Reporting Webinar – September 27, 2019 P2E Data Reporting Webinar – Presentation P2E Data Reporting Webinar – Audio P2E Data Reporting Webinar – Q&A P2E Data Reporting Webinar – January 16, 2020 CALPIA Webinar Presentation CALPIA Webinar Presentation (accessible) CALPIA Webinar Audio Presentation Part 1 CALPIA Webinar Audio Presentation Part 2 P2E CalJOBS Trainings P2E CalJOBS Part 1 (accessible).pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 1.pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 2A (accessible).pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 2A.pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 2B (accessible).pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 2B.pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 3 (accessible).pdf P2E CalJOBS Part 3.pdf Regional and Local Planning Guidance Prison to Employment Initiative Grant Program Prison to Employment: Local Assistance Planning Grant The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is proud to announce its Prison to Employment (P2E) Program Summit on May 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. As we approach implementation of the P2E program, the CWDB’s Corrections Workforce Partnership Team will facilitate our first community of practice to: Share plans, strategies, and partnerships, Discuss implementation challenges and lessons learned, Hear feedback from planners and implementers, And provide technical and programmatic information for this new program. The summit is aimed at all workforce professionals, from board members to front line case managers, corrections and law enforcement partners, and community partners. Please contact email@example.com for more information and to RSVP for the event. *** Award AnnouncementThe California Workforce Development Board (State Board) is pleased to announce the Prison to Employment Initiative Planning Grant Awards. Award AnnouncementThe California Workforce Development Board (State Board) is pleased to announce the Prison to Employment Initiative Implementation & Direct Services and Supportive Services & Earn and Learn Grant Awards. Additional awards will be made as applications are approved. **** Orientation Webinar Q&A (8/28/19)Orientation PowerPoint (8/28/19) Important Dates: RFA Posting November 15, 2018 Application Workshop November 29, 2018 Q&A Posted weekly through February 8, 2019 Submit questions at reentry@CWDB.ca.govUse “Prison to Employment Initiative Application” in the subject line Applications DUE*** Friday, February 15, 2019 by 3PM PST Awards announced April 2019 **** The Governor’s 2018 Budget proposal included $37 million over three budget years to fund the integration of workforce and reentry services in the state’s 14 regions. Known as the “Prison to Employment Initiative,” the proposal is briefly mentioned in the Governor’s Budget Summary on page 74 (page 6 of the linked document). Proposed Funding Plan Items2018-192019-202020-21 Regional Planning Grants$1.75m Implementation and Direct Service Grants$6m$8m Needs-Based Supportive Services$8m$12m Program Evaluation and Assessment$1m Total Funds $16m$20m$1m Funding for the Prison to Employment Initiative was approved by the Legislature in SB 856 (Budget & Fiscal Review, Chapter 30, Statutes of 2018) and is intended to support regional planning efforts, fund regional plan implementation, and provide resources for direct services to the formerly incarcerated and other justice-involved individuals. It also sets aside specific resources for both supportive services and earn and learn activities which were identified as a major gap by current grantees and local service providers. Statutory program information, including authorized uses for grant funds and evaluation requirements were approved by the Legislature in SB 866 (Budget & Fiscal Review, Chapter 53, Statutes of 2018). Prison to Employment: Program Evaluation The CWDB welcomes information from interested researchers about their abilities to evaluate the P2E Initiative. Please see our Request for Information Prison to Employment Newsletters Corrections-Workforce Library Data Sources for Corrections-Workforce Plans As part of the Corrections-Workforce Partnership and Prison to Employment Initiative, Regional Planning Units are being asked to include information about the size and demographics of the formerly incarcerated and justice involved populations in their region. The data sources below provide a useful baseline for better understanding the make-up of these populations at the state, region, and county levels. Data Source Publishing Agency Description BSCC Performance Metrics for Community Corrections California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Interactive dashboard displaying county and region-level data on crime, arrest, and incarceration rates California County Probation Dashboard Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) Interactive dashboard displaying up-to-date county-level Probation population data CDCR Outcome Evaluation Report California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Annual report presenting various data on individuals released from California State Prisons (e.g. recidivism rate by county of release) CDCR Data Points Report California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Report presenting various state prison data including admissions and releases by county DOJ Interactive Arrests Map* California Department of Justice (DOJ) Interactive map displaying county-level arrest data that can be disaggregated by age, race/ethnicity, gender, and arresting agency *Arrests are a distinct metric from justice-involved population counts and the two datasets do not necessarily correlate to one another; however this data can be used to approximate demographic breakdowns if RPUs are unable to obtain more detailed demographic data from their corrections partners. Corrections-Workforce Research Library The CWDB has compiled the below publications and studies for workforce professionals seeking additional resources on how to serve the formerly incarcerated. These publications are authored and published by external organizations and are provided for reference purposes only. Title Topic Summary Institution/ Organization Publication Date Integrated Reentry & Employment Strategies * Review of Pilot Programs using Integrated Reentry and Employment Services Findings from pilot sites in FL and WI Council of State Governments October 2019 Recidivism of Felony Offenders in California * Recidivism in California Report presenting findings on recidivism rates for all types of felony offenders in California—including those sentenced to prison, jail only, jail followed by probation, or probation only Public Policy Institute of California June 2019 Repairing the Road to Redemption in California Impact of a criminal conviction Report studying the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction and opportunities to advance solutions that will eliminate barriers to success for California’s justice involved population Californians for Safety and Justice September 2018 Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among formerly incarcerated people Housing Report studying homelessness trends among the formerly incarcerated Prison Policy Institute August 2018 Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment among formerly incarcerated people Unemployment among formerly incarcerated people Report studying unemployment trends among the formerly incarcerated Prison Policy Institute July 2018 California Nonprofits and the Public Workforce System: How CBOs Can Make Their Voices Heard in the WIOA Planning Process CBO Engagement California-specific guide for CBO engagement in the WIOA planning process International Rescue Committee July 2018 Work and opportunity before and after incarceration * Labor market and incarceration trends Analysis of national incarceration and labor market data Brookings Institute March 2018 Incentivizing Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders Employer Incentives In an experiment conducted for this research brief, 59 out of 100 employers filling an entry-level job would consider hiring someone who has one nonviolent felony conviction with the incentive of a baseline tax credit. Rand Corporation February 2018 Bridge to Opportunities: How One Probation Agency Developed a Program Designed to Connect Probationers to High-Wage Jobs * Best Practices / Case Study Report studying the design and implementation of Sacramento’s Career Training Partnership program, which connected probationers to quality jobs in the construction sector. Rand Corporation 2018 Incarceration to Reentry Education & Training Pathways in California Education and Training Pathways Issue brief examining how California is aligning education and training opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated Clasp June 2017 The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Project Pilot Program Studying Integrated Reentry and Employment Service Strategies The IRES pilot project was designed to test innovative approachesto reducing recidivism and increasing job readiness for peoplereturning from incarceration and to identify successful strategiesfor integrating reentry and employment programming Council of State Governments April 2017 Bridging Workforce Development and Corrections Cultures Job Centers in Correctional Facilities Issue brief exploring lessons from the planning phase of the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release (LEAP) grants Mathematica Policy Research and Social Policy Research Associates November 2016 Reentry and Employment for the Formerly Incarcerated and the Role of American Trades Unions Trade Unions Policy brief exploring the effect of under- and un-employment on the formerly incarcerated and how the expertise and structure of American trades unions could provide critical training programs inside and outside of prisons and jails National Employment Law Project April 2016 Road Map to Reentry: A California Legal Guide California Reentry Resource Guide A comprehensive guide for formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society, designed to help those individuals navigate the myriad challenges of acclimating to life after incarceration Root & Rebound March 2016 Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness Promising Practices and Implementation Guide White paper written to address the challenges faced by service providers who serve adults on probation or leaving prison/jail who are seeking a job Council of State Governments September 2013 Reentry and the Ties that Bind: An Examination of Social Ties, Employment, and Recidivism Family ties, employment and recidivism Study testing hypotheses about the link between familial ties, post-release employment, and recidivism. The findings suggest that family ties have implications for both recidivism and job attainment. The results suggest that good quality social ties may be particularly important for men with histories of frequent unemployment Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences April 2011 Employment and Female Offenders: An Update of the Empirical Research Gender Responsive Strategies for Justice-Involved Women Summary of available literature related to employment and women in the criminal justice system National Institute of Corrections November 2010 Archives The CWDB issued draft Regional and Local Planning Guidance spelling out new planning requirements in the spring of 2018, and final guidance was issued through WSD18-01 on July 27, 2018.” To view a printable version of this web page in PDF, click here. Additional Resources: LinksEmployment Development Department’s Office Locator Questions? 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