the job CENTERS
The Second Chance Job Center is a team-based case management program. Partnering with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and San Diego County Probation, Second Chance staff delivers employment services at East Mesa Reentry Facility and Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. The Job Centers expand upon services already offered by local government, community corrections and workforce development agencies by uniting resources to break the cycle of recidivism, build stronger communities and promote public safety.
The Job Centers offer internet access to select websites for job search, and provide suits for inmates to wear as they practice interviewing. In addition, the Job Centers build on vocational programs already available at the facility, like barista training at an onsite coffee cart, working in a bakery or in the print shop.
BENEFITS of the job centers
Committed to boosting the number of job placements for offenders reentering the community and reducing recidivism, the Second Chance teams provide employment-related support to those in custody at the men’s and women’s reentry facilities. Participants attend life skills workshops, employment readiness workshops, and research and learn about community resources that might be needed upon release, such as housing and transportation.
- In 1980, there were 300,000 adults in U.S. prisons. Today, there are 2.3 million.
- CA spends $55,000 per year per adult inmate.
- Reducing the state’s recidivism rate by 10% would save California $233 million per year.
– State of California Department of Justice