REENTRY SERVICES - SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Program Information

OFFENDER WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS (OWDS)

Looking for work is a daunting task, even more so when you have a felony conviction on your record. Worrying about how you will support yourself or your family may cross your mind. Even with a clean background, a well-paying job can be difficult to find. Rest assured that there are jobs available and you will find something, even if you take a low paying job for a while. You will be able to earn an income while looking for the right job for you. 

This guide was designed to assist you in your job search. The collaborative effort of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) behind this project was to offer you a guide of services to better prepare you in your job search. The OWDS will provide resources for a variety of vocational options to assist you in your job search. It is our hope that this guide bridges the gap in assisting you to meet your career goals. 

What We Do 

We identify and explore vocational interests with the people we support, using a self-directed search method that helps individuals find careers that are most suitable for their interests in order to provide optimum employment success and placement.

  • OWDS assist individuals in establishing a career path
  • Establish individualized career training plan and placement strategy for each Offender
  • Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP) sheet review and clean up assistance.
  • Provide Job Development assistance to locate jobs for individuals who have successfully completed training programs.
  • Facilitate placement readiness of individuals, resume writing, and job readiness assistance.
  • Provide job retention assistance and address most barriers that prevent employment.

THINKING FOR A CHANGE (T4C)

Halo Network presents T4C, a cognitive–behavioral curriculum that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. 

T4C program includes:

  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Social skills development
  • Development of problem-solving skills
Benefits of employing Ex-Offenders
  • Possible tax credits such as Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
  • Participating in the Federal Bonding Program. This limits an employer's risk, liability, and insurance costs.
  • Elig1bility for low-cost training programs