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ERIC Number: ED554385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 174
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ISBN: 978-1-3031-8255-6
An Incubator Approach: The Shared Experiences of Persons in a Postincareration Transitional Jobs Program
Bryant, Maxine Leona
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Prisons and jails in the United States currently hold over 2 million inmates and the majority of them will eventually be released, often with bleak prospects for gainful employment. Unemployment for this population has been linked to recidivism. The purpose of this bounded case study was to explore and describe the post transitional jobs experience of 8 previously incarcerated felons in a large mid-western state in the United States who have completed an incubator-social enterprise, transitional jobs program that has a unique component called the morning circle, which emphasizes shared experiences and peer support. Transitional job programs are a first generation phenomenon. This study explored how exoffenders perceive their transitional jobs experience within the context of their reemployment journey. The theoretical foundation for this study was based on Argyris's double loop learning theory and centered on ways people learn to change their behavior. The research questions addressed the experiences of transitional jobs program participants and their perceptions about their employment post incarceration. Examples of data collected include descriptions of the participants' job search strategies, their preparation for job readiness, and the kinds of job inquiries that were made. Data were analyzed using an inductive coding procedure. Two key findings were that transitional jobs helped released offenders to transition successfully into nonsubsidized jobs; however, the social enterprise model may create an unhealthy dependency that hinders successful transition to nonsubsidized jobs. The results of this study will impact social change by informing human services' delivery of some of the employment assistance needs for newly released prisoners. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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