A new Re-entry Job Center, the first of its kind in the state, will officially begin operation inside the Tipton Correctional Center on Oct. 2. The center is a joint venture between the Central Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Department of Corrections. Among the services offered to those released from prison within six months are job search activities, resume creation, and interviews with potential employers. The DOC is modeling the program after similar programs in Wisconsin and Ohio. One goal of the program is to decrease the recidivism rates (those inmates returning to prison.) Another is to help individuals find success in pursuing a career and to reestablish relationships with their families. If the program is successful, the DOC is hoping to place a job center in every prison in the state.
September 6, 2019 - 10:28am