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Career Focused Reentry

Career Focused Reentry

PEN > Reentry > Overview Overview

PEN's Reentry Program was developed for offender workers who consistently demonstrate the desire to learn job skills and develop a positive work ethic. PEN's staff works side-by-side with these offenders on a daily basis, teaching and guiding them in the direction needed for successful reentry into society. Offenders learn through work experience, on-the-job and specialized training through the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program.

How do prison releases impact your business and community?

  • 17,000+ Indiana offenders are released annually and only 50% of these obtain employment.
  • 85% of ex-offenders who commit new crimes are unemployed at the time of their re-arrest.
  • Recent nationwide studies show that participants in correctional industries programs have lower recidivism rates, as much as 24% lower than those did not work in correctional industries.

YOU can do something to change this trend!

Who you will be Hiring

The population of offenders accepted into Reentry have been voluntarily worked in an employment setting very much like yours.

Work Experience

  • Hired through interview process
  • Completes orientation and training
  • Regular performance reviews
  • Pay raises when earned

Completed Training

  • Forklift certification
  • Basic computer skills
  • Workplace safety training
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Basic first aid

United States Department of Labor Apprenticeship

  • Long term commitment
  • Required hours of on-the-job training
  • Related curriculum requirements 
  • Certified journey-worker status

You will be hiring an individual who not only has on-the-job training, but also has obtained a Certificate of Apprenticeship and Journey-worker status through The U.S. Department of Labor. This is an asset to any company!

Benefits of Hiring an Ex-Offender

  • Gain a highly trainable employee
  • Provide opportunity to a skilled worker
  • Enrich safety and stability of your community
  • Possible eligibility for federal tax credit
  • Empower a person to be successful
  • Help provide financial stability
  • Assist reduction of Indiana's adult prison population
  • Change the future