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ERIC Number: ED450239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Washington State's Corrections Clearinghouse: A Comprehensive Approach to Offender Employment.
Finn, Peter
Since 1976, the Correctional Clearinghouse (CCH), which is a unit of the Washington State Employment Security Department, has been committed to preparing offenders for the workplace and finding employment. The CCH's principal service delivery strategies are as follows: (1) providing direct services (teaching job readiness courses in prisons and contracting with community-based organizations to provide job search assistance to ex-offenders); (2) brokering services available from other agencies (helping a community college and state agency establish a for-credit college program integrating job search assistance with substance abuse treatment for ex-offenders in recovery); and (3) coordinating activities across agencies (arranging for inmates to produce and distribute the statewide computerized Case Management Resource Directory). CCH's continuum of services to prisoners, which begins with employability assessment during incarceration and ends with job placement and ongoing assistance after employment, has proved highly successful. In 1997-1998, at least 3,080 inmates completed a CCH employment or training activity in 5 of Washington's 15 correctional institutions. Of the 1,312 ex-offenders who received job search assistance through the CCH in 1996-1997, 776 were placed in jobs and 68% were still in those jobs after 45 days. (Seven sources of assistance in replicating the CCH model are listed.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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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: Washington