Going to Work with a Criminal Record

This resource contains both evidence-based research and practice-based materials that can help guide the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of career pathways programs.

Dee Wallace
Laura Wyckoff
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Working Ventures: A publication of Public/Private Ventures
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Based on the experience of organizations taking part in the Fathers at Work initiative, Going to Work with a Criminal Record offers fundamental lessons on connecting people with criminal records to appropriate jobs and employers as well as tools to organize their efforts. It outlines how to avoid mistakes and how to develop important relationships, including with employers, parole officers, and the local child support enforcement agency. It also invites you to examine the attitude, staffing, and capacity of your organization to deal with an increasing number of male job seekers who bring new challenges.

Benefits and Uses

This publication provides instructions and tools for supporting job placement of ex-offenders. The materials could easily be a part of career awareness component of a career pathways program that served ex-offenders.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.