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OCP RCRP Inmate Employment Information

RCRP inmates make good employees!  WHY?

The inmates are obligated to participate in all aspects of community programming; they must:

  • Remain drug/alcohol free
  • Participate in mandatory drug testing
  • Work with a case manager and/or a vocational counselor who is available to assist the inmate and the employer with work related issues or concerns
  • Participate in work readiness classes as offered by the RCRP
  • Obtain and retain employment while at the RCRP

Many are eager to reunite with their families and children and prepared to work hard to find and retain jobs with an opportunity for advancement.

There is convincing evidence that employment is one of the contributing factors to successful reentry.  A Texas study (Eisenberg 1990) showed that an unemployed ex-offender is three times more likely to return to prison than an employed ex-offender.  A viably employed ex-offender pays taxes, supports his/her family, pays rent or a mortgage, and is less likely to engage in criminal behaviors, creating a safer community for everyone.

Click the links below to find additional information regarding employment.

Financial incentives and supportive services are available from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for both the employee and the employer, at:

Additional information regarding the One-Stop Career Center services is available at:

NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development - Prisoner Reentry Specialists

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wnjpin/findjob/onestop/PastProblemsSolutions.html

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wnjpin/findjob/onestop/services.html

Click the link below for more incentive information for employers:

Incentive Information for Employers

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