the job CENTER
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 and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Second Chance staff delivers employment services at the East Mesa Reentry Facility. The Job Center expands 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 Center offers internet access to select websites for job search, and provide suits for inmates to wear as they practice interviewing. In addition, the Job Center builds 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 center
Committed to boosting the number of job placements for offenders reentering the community and reducing recidivism, the Second Chance team provides employment-related support to those in custody at the men’s reentry facility. 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.
-California Department of Justice