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 the Alaska Department of Corrections CAREERRS Rural Reentry Program. The program goals are to expand and to implement new educational, vocational, and employment services training for incarcerated adult offenders reentering the rural workforce. The program aim is improve educational and employment outcomes, as measured by the number of new credentials and certifications, and job offers received by reentrants. The proposed services for 300 reentrants will focus on the 3-year period before release, with follow-up services upon reentry. The outcomes of the assessment will inform vocational and job training opportunities for reentrants.