Reentry Council Meetings

2013 State-wide Reentry Conference

December 13, 2013

  1. Increase early intervention
  2. Increase access to service
  3. Strengthen COC

Employment and Education Breakout

The participants of the Employment and Education breakout session made the following recommendations:

  1. Attendees of the breakout session should participate in the state-wide Reentry Task Force Employment Workgroup.
  2. A survey of employers should be conducted. The survey should address both the Human Resources/hiring policy perspective, and the perspective of the supervisors who make hiring decisions. The intention would be to gather information that might help drive policy or legislative changes to enhance the ability to gain employment by a person who has been convicted of a felony.
  3. Develop a holistic approach to preparing individuals for job readiness (i.e. training/education on job readiness should address resume writing, the application process, identifying appropriate jobs, interviewing skills, appropriate attire for the interview, etc.). Have TDCJ community based reentry case managers (and others involved in reentry) use this to better prepare individuals for pursuing employment.
  4. Develop a “model messaging package” for distribution to employers across the state. Often, the way a message is presented can make significant change in perception. One example the group gave was Goodwill Industries; they make great effort to employee ex-offenders, but do not publicize that for fear of negative reaction from their patrons and industry partners. Having a different way of presenting the message - along the lines of “this business strives to promote public safety” instead of “this business hires ex offenders” - could significantly impact perception.