ERIC Number: ED450237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Chicago's Safer Foundation: A Road Back for Ex-Offenders. Program Focus.
The Safer Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, is the largest community-based provider of employment services for ex-offenders in the United States. Established in 1972, Safer has a professional staff of nearly 200 in 6 locations. Safer runs a private school, called the PACE (Programmed Activities for Correctional Education) Institute, at the Cook County Jail, and it operates a work-release center that provides extensive educational and employment readiness programming. Safer also uses a small-group, peer-based approach in its basic education skills program to help participants overcome the barriers to learning commonly faced by ex-offenders. Special case managers, called lifeguards, are available to help clients address transitional problems for 1 year after they have secured employment. Of the nearly 1,102 clients who received job placement assistance from the Safer Foundation in 1996, 60% were still employed after 20 days. Of the 72 participants who completed the Safer Foundation's basic education course for ex-offenders aged 16-21 years, more than two-thirds entered school, vocational training, or employment. After 180 days, 58% of those individuals were still in their placements and only 1 had been convicted of a new crime. (Seven contact persons and three World Wide Web sources of additional information are listed.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Attitude Change, Caseworker Approach, Community Organizations, Community Programs, Cooperative Planning, Correctional Education, Correctional Rehabilitation, Daily Living Skills, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Employment Services, Government School Relationship, Guidelines, Job Placement, Job Training, Models, Outcomes of Education, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Peer Counseling, Philanthropic Foundations, Prevocational Education, Prisoners, Private Schools, Private Sector, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Sector, Recidivism, Small Group Instruction, Social Support Groups, Transitional Programs, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Attitudes
For full text: http://ncjrs.org/pdffiles/167575.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Correctional Education.; National Inst. of Corrections (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)