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WIDOC Technology Career Training Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $454,214)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.

The goal of the Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles is to increase the post-release employability of offenders in related technology-based jobs and career fields. The objective of the program is to support the education, training, mentoring, support services, and job placement for incarcerated/detained adults and juveniles in a technology field.

This project targets incarcerated individuals who, with significant career technical education(CTE) training, will experience improved post-release employment opportunities, stronger family and community ties, and reduced rates of recidivism. Targeted participants will be returning to the seven county area of Southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee
County. Targeted participants will be those identified as medium to high risk to reoffend through an evidence-based validated risk assessment tool (COMPAS). The targeted participants will have an aptitude and interest in a technical career path as identified through educational and career path assessment tools, must have completed or enrolled in a cognitive intervention program and are within 6 to 18 months of prison release. This program will also target female inmates who meet program eligibility guidelines to participate. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2013