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Career and Employment Program

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $900,000)

The Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment, and Recidivism Strategies (CAREERRS) Program, a Second Chance Act program, is designed to help communities establish education, vocation, and job training programs in their correctional systems that address employment challenges facing incarcerated youth and adults re-entering those communities and the workforce.

The primary objectives of the CAREERRS Program are: 1) implement or expand educational, vocational, and employment programs for incarcerated juvenile and adult offenders that result in improved educational and employment outcomes, as measured by certifications and other credentials, diplomas, and jobs; and 2) demonstrate increased collaboration between educational and workforce service providers and corrections, community supervision providers, and other reentry stakeholders.

The recipient will use award funds to implement a program for 225 participants, utilizing several cognitive-behavioral methods, including workshops in which the facilitator models appropriate behavior, participants practice/role play desired behaviors, and facilitators provide feedback and reinforcement. Cognitive restructuring is a major component of the program and focuses on addressing and changing thinking patterns that contribute to behaviors and actions to decrease recidivism and incarceration.


Date Created: October 22, 2020